Center Console Fitment

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Recently, I replaced the automatic shifter bezel and shifter arm bushings. I also removed the console to clean it up. Upon reassembly, I find that the console bezel (houses the clock) interferes with the shifter bezel. The old and new shifter bezels are, essentially, dimensionally identical.

The only reason for this, that I can see, is that the "legs" of the console have spread out, somehow, and the console is sitting lower. The interference is about 1/4". What's puzzling is that the edges of console "legs" are positioned into the lines they formed in the carpet and the screws are installed.

Have any of you experienced this? I'm wondering if I should install the Console Bezel before I tighten down the console-to-tunnel screws.
 
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