So I kinda cheaped out and got the barebones arduino kit, with the intent of "making it my way". One of those changes was one of the first things you see on the instructions, insert a higher rated voltage regulator.
And (not mentioned) to make the most of this change you really need some form of a heatsink on the regulator. Even a bad heatsink is better than none, and in order to fit into the tight spacing, one of those really cheap, sheet metal stamped into a U shaped, heatsinks was used.
Dry fitting the parts on the kit's pcb showed a snafu, theres a 3 pin header that selects external power or usb power, and while everything clears, the heatsink makes the header vanish, and its next to impossible to grab the jumper, as it darn near touches the heatsink.
No big deal I will just grab a right angle header, .... what? im ... OUT?!? Okay now what...
Step 1: What You Need
Straight headers and a need to turn them in to right angle ones
Scrap of protoboard
Needle nose pliers
Step 2: Move the Pins
Move each pin so the plastic spacer is at the pin's midpoint.
Step 3: Start Bending
Step 4: Finishing Up
since these are abit shorter than normal right angle headers I opted to maximize pin lengh and I pushed the plastic spacer until it was up against the bend in the pins
It doesn't take too long, and saves you in a pinch, electrically it works just fine, mechanically it is a tad bit looser since the pins are not as long
Thanks for looking, and please feel free to post questions or comments!