The posts that the clover leaf attaches to is long on the older Fender, and like the OP I do like them better!
If you compare a "real" 70's Fender say with the Geddy Lee Jazz or any of the 70's RI Fenders, the tuners are a bit shorter in regards to the clover leaf post.
This is the back of my '72 Jazz which has the larger clover leafs....
The "clover leaf" is farther from the actual head stock. On today Fenders they are much closer to the top edge of the head stock.
Now this is the back of the a neck off of the new Antigua Jazz bass which is loosely fashioned from a 70's Jazz bass. Notice the "clover leafs" are closer than on my '72 Jazz.
On both basses the "clover leaf" part is about the same size....just post holding them is different.