Yes Dodger, you have to grind a small amount off the stock triple clamp. I ground mine down to where it is just about flush with the main section of the triple clamp. This does not affect the strength of the triple clamp. You also have to grind two small indentations on the left and right of the center portion of the triple clamp to make room when the steering head reaches it's stops when turning it left and right. Might sound confusing, but it's really pretty simple. I used a grinding bit on my drill to make the indentations. If you want I can send you a picture of mine. Not sure how to post a picture on the forum, but if you send me a personal message with your email, I'll get a pic. to you.