I assume that you are referring to the tonearm cartridge clip tabs that are causing the interference. You can always trim back the tabs a touch
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The "clips" are actually push-on connectors which terminate the tone arm wires. They push on to the contact pins coming out of the cartridge. Even pushed all the way on the contact pins the connectors interfere with the arm tube while aligning the cartridge. The wires are hanging to the side of the headshell.
So re-terminating the clips sounds like the way to go. Or if I get brave I'll cut back the insulation a bit and see if I can cut or grind the connect a bit shorter. I've never had this much trouble trying to mount a cartridge.
Any reason you don't want to try VPI's solution of installing a spacer between the cart and the tonearm? That seems a lot easier than modifying the clips or the tonearm wires. I've had this problem with an older VPI arm (JMW 10) and a Denon 103. But I was able to make it work by jiggering the cart and the wires a bit. Didn't look like it would fit at first but it did in the end. I think you can get a spacer like that from Music direct, etc.
I suggest trimming back the insulation since there should be al least a 1/4 inch excess. I would cut it back at the tip of each pin this way you can't damage the wires. Then I would slide the remainder of the insulation forward or push the brass pins back. Hopefully this works as it appears that the insullation is heatshrunk around the pins. You may want to apply some hair dryer heat to the insullation prior to pushing it forward or back. Otherwise you can order the raw insulation from VPI terminate and heat shrink yourself.
Thanks all for the feedback. In "modifying" the connectors I broke one completely off at the wire, so, I'm going to take the arm to a local shop and have all 4 wires re-terminated. I don't have the eyes or tools to do it myself. I'm still stoked about my VPI. Look for my report once I'm up and running!