This issue has been totally resolved. I heated up the muffler and bent it just a hare on the vise. I took it for a test drive to confirm the cranks to not hit the engine or the exhaust and bingo good to go. The next thing that happened was my master link fell out. It sounded like something worse happened. There I was stuck on the road wondering what to do, but I took a look around and found one by one all the pieces of the master link.