been thinking about it.... surely if you do that the microswitch at the other end of the cable never shuts. Does that cause any problems?
I may try and adjust out the slack, but it does seem as if it is meant to be there; my query regarding the racing 190s is that there must be a different plate which has no play in it. It may be possible to modify the existing one.
I had assumed you were in the states, but I see now you are in the UK, I wonder where?