I suppose I could do that, and it would be the proper way to go about it. I just don't want to have to do any more metal fab. Haha.
I really just have to snip a plastic strip that runs from the shroud to the center of the fan. It shouldn't have any affect on the shroud itself.
Here is a better picture of the clearance.
I guess I am slightly concerned about the passenger side header. I used 1 5/8" tubing, so I should hopefully have enough volume to make up for the tight bend. I basically had to make the 2 really tight bends due to the frame rail and the coil spring perch.
I suppose if I have any issues, I could always go back and hack it up. This was my first attempt at making headers, so there was a big learning curve.