I cut the U-joint and widened the holes slightly where it is now attached to the base of the actuator. Then I used the existing eye bracket by trimming about a quarter inch from the front, back, and top so it fit inside where the spline shaft goes. Only thing now is to find two half-height nuts to reattach the bottom flange but it isn’t going anywhere.
I tested it out and immediately notice a reduction in friction (no force on the linear bearing anymore). There is just enough room for the actuator to move around without hitting the deck of the trailer.