I am unsure at this point what my next step will be.
I know I need to pull the cover tomorrow as when I had runn the scoot about half a mile, it stopped accelerating beyond idle in spurts (I was almost back home though, thankfully). I didn't seat the belt as well as I should have on reassembly and too, my torque wrench died as I was tightening the vari nut, though it had clicked to indicate marked torque before dying.
As for shimming the cover, we shall see. I can't do anything monetarily for at least a week or so, so I will get by on the old one for now.
I could pull the kick, but that'll be a bitch to put back when I find another solution, so we shall see.
I've got that kevlar belt in now, but would rather have it as back-up and use a fresh Kymco belt. The one I had in there was at 17 so I may swap them out for now.
Need to eat, more reportage later.