Re: Spoke issue
You have 3 options to solve your problem:
1) there is a sprocket that is really meant for 32 holes, you can get this from the Vendors here. Try Andy or Dax.
2) Replace your rear wheel with 36 spokes.
3) Use the shifter from SBP, but you might encounter problems with your bottom bracket. Requires 125mm or longer.
I would not reccommend removing the rubber donut thingy. It's an important part of the drivetrain and support. If you remove it, you'll be risking damaging your spokes. Breaking your spokes at 25mph is not good. Get the picture?
Regardless if it's left or wrong, the opposite is always right.
Caution: This hobby is habit forming.