Well, the main reason for me having trouble with getting it on "Lose" and getting everything positioned right was due to the fact the mid pipe was so tight into the muffler. Way too tight, I have DG, Two Brothers racing, and another aftermarket on my RC, ( carbon fiber cans but no name I can find on them) But I have taken them all apart and the muffler is tight but movable on all of them, which it should be. Once the Lexx was over 1/3 way on there was NO way to turn it. I am confident that that joint is aligned pretty good though, I emery clothed it some until I could force it on about 1/2 way and still turn it, (staining), then I positioned it all on and clamped it, moved it, until it was pretty close and it all looked right, then marked it, took it off and then got it all the way on, and that is where it will be until the end of time, I can tell you I do not need the springs, its on there. ( took about an hour), but it all then bolted up pretty good, the muffler actually looks farther forward in the band clamps than others I have seen on the internet, with the muffler all the way on and the mid pipe all the way bottomed on the header pipe, my rear clamp strait down from the mounting hole is about in the middle of the Lexx emblem on the muffler, but that's okay, I don't care about that, Id rather it look farther on than not on as far. But as far as the side panel, no way to shim the muffler without moving it out more or putting it in a stress situation. The side panel if I shim on the top out, it moves the bottom closer in. And the factory heat shielding is actually higher up in the panel where the factory muffler was, the lower end where the Lexx is, is bare. I had some metallic heat shield tape that I put on it all the way to the bottom, but what I had was really kind of thin. But anything helps. The one thing I did that has helped was I had some rubber washers, and I found some that I could pop over the "Nipple" on the lower side panel that pops in the grommet, I put two on it and it still slightly pops in but now its not touching. But CLOSE. We will see if that works. If it seems to start warping, or discoloring, or if it leaks, I'm just taking it off and getting a DG or something and Ill just eat the $185. I didn't want to spend too much on this bike, as I have put ssooo much money into my other bikes. ( Don't even ask how much the complete Two Brothers system was for the VFR800, which I had to get the complete system to get rid of the catalytic converter). But well see.
I'm going to ride it later, Just got thru with the 22 cent mods, 2 washers, which I could not find #4 washers, even at Home depot, #6 was the smallest they had I looked at every peg, but I found that 3mm stainless worked perfect, I mic'ed the two and it was about 0.52 so that should be okay. 7/64 thing and two turns out. yadee yadee. Now I'm putting on the new chain and sprockets, didn't feel like cleaning the old chain which was way too lubed and thick on everything, caked on the sprockets, I'm just replacing, and I like a gold chain, that's just my preference. ( gota have that Bling) So when I get them all on, I'm rolling it out. ( I have a room off my dining area I use as my Bike shop area). I prefer being AC'd and Heated, and after work home I'm working on the bikes I can be catching my Judge Judy and Modern Family while working on them.