If it can "over travel" that might explain why it didn't seem to seat as far down on the re-install. I couldn't see down in the hole with the foot rest in the way but could move the ball around with my finger and didn't feel an indentation for it to sit down in. I'll try and jam my cell phone camera in there this morning to figure it out.
How would I return the ball seat back to it's proper spot to re-install the ball/spring without possibly causing an issue?
Thanks again, Mike