Thanks guys! I'm actually not planning on cutting them down, but I suppose if I find them too long I can cut them down a bit... now just a little more waiting and I can get those things on there! I'm going to be trying some new grips I think. The stock ones are okay I guess, but there's not much "give" in them. Maybe that's better, I don't know... My old nighthawk had some gel-type grips on it and they were nice, but if you change a bunch of things, you don't know what made it better, or worse for that matter.
Thanks again for the replies!