Glad to hear you're happy overall with the Vegas Carts engine swap. That's a nice looking EZGO you have there. Thanks for the details on doing your Vegas Carts engine conversion.
I have the same set up as you with the belt too close to exhaust. I have a 2004 EZGO TXT with the Vegas 625cc (fast) my belt gets hot and cracks! I’m looking for a solution!So after dinner last night I decided to put the exhaust on. I had held it in place and it looked like it would fit, but it's so tight I just had to check it out. Not a ton of clearance, but it fits. Hopefully I won't have any issues with it being so close to the clutch belt.
Vegas Carts is also sending me a new electronic governor. Turns out there is a yellow wire they cut off before sending out (since it's not necessary) and it looks like they accidentally cut the black wire too. Hopefully I get the package before the weekend.