I had no probs whatsoever when I installed my full fairing. I also had no clearance issues between the fairing and the pipe. No heat melting the lowers either. I guess lucky me. Yes I had to leave the brackets slightly loose enough to line everything up. from start to finish the job took about 45 min. send out a pic of the new fairing. Why did the fairings take so long?? what shop? I ordered mine along with the factory sliders and solo seat. took about 2 weeks and the fairing actually arrived first from Toronto. the other stuff took up the rest of the time. glad that you finally got it sorted out.