I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to find another place to put this blasted thing. And guess what? I'm right back to where I was two fucking years ago...it's not a direct fit, per se, but it's real close.
It is, however, large enough that the thermostat side gets within 1/2" of the header pipe. I'm hoping that wrapping the header with fiberglass wrap will help control the heat and not cook the thermostat. Short of this - I guess I could get a custom bent pipe for the exhaust that allows for more space.
It's not solved yet - but it's feeling close.
Once I get this part done, I can fire up the engine and make sure it's still in good shape. And then figure out how to get that heat shield installed!