Lyra Kleos: tracking force/VTA/azimuth questions

I just bought a Lyra Kleos and I'm mounting it on a VPI JMW 12.7 (HRX turntable). I've done a bit of research, including Jonathan Carr's many posts here), so I know VTF is critical. I've done a trial set up to Lyra specs, and it doesn't sound right - piano in particular is distorted as if the cartridge is approaching break-up. I suspect the way I've set VTF. VPI recommends measuring VTF at the level of the record, which is impossible with the electronic scale I currently use - I simply put it on the platter and took readings, after first calibrating the scale, of course, and left it at 1.75 g. VPI says that simply measuring tracking force that way will under-represent actual VTF at the level of the record by a substantial amount because of the height of the gauge over the platter. Could that be the source of the problem I'm hearing? With other carts, I've done a couple of tests that seem to verify VPI's advice, so I plan to carefully measure the plinth to platter-top height, remove the platter, and build a temporary platform lower by exactly the thickness of the scale's pan. I'll put the scale on that, and then set VTF to Lyra's specs. This will result in VTF at the level of the record measuring correctly, when I put the scale on the mock-up platter, but NOT when I just slap the scale on the platter - it will measure higher. So my question is: does anyone see any potential problems flowing from my use of this process? I plan first to set VTA slightly tail high to approximate the magic 92 degrees SRA that seems to be the consensus of opinion these days.

Also, I'd like a bit of advice on using a fozgometer to measure azimuth. In my trial set up, I've never been able to get exactly the same readings left vs. right channel with the Foz; the best is a two-division difference, right higher in level than the left. I also get a one division reading, rather than zero, on the channel balance test, with both channel lights very faintly lit. Could this be a function of insufficient tracking force, or is there something else at play?

Thanks to any and all who might feel the spirit to respond (hopefully including you, Mr. Carr).
With a centre of gravity below and forward of the pivot point the force measured at the stylus will increase as you raise the front of the arm. Optimising my cartridge tracking force on my unipivot by ear if I weight the result on my electronic balance I get 2.42g but in my old Rega arm it use to run at 1.95g
Zachteich, I have a VPI Super Scoutmaster with 10.5i tonearm and Lyra Titan-i cartridge. I had been using the $80 made in China scales marketed as a cartridge scale, and then tried an Ortofon scale, which I sent back as it was not very accurate and only goes to tenths of a gram. I bit the bullet and paid $399 for the Cartridge Man digital scale and found that the 1.72 gram tracking force I thought I had when using the $80 scale was actually around 1.65 grams. The Cartridge Man scale is the thickness of a 200 gram record. I readjusted the VTF to 1.75 grams and the difference and improvement in musical performance was not subtle.
Too expensive BUT different results. I just bought the Fozgometer and a digital microscope to get properly calibrated azimuth and SRA and sonic results are amazing.

Forget anti-skate....there's no right way to adjust for will sound better without it....anti-skate acts to constrict the stylus...acts as damping that you don't need.
Stringreen ... take this anecdote with a grain of salt.

When the Soundsmith VPI Zephyr was my primary cartridge, Peter Ledermann routinely checked the it and replaced worn stylii on a period basis. On a few occassions, Peter reported back that the stylus wear pattern was uneven, which suggested that I needed a smidge of AS.

Not having any instruments, I put just one donut about 3/4 the way down the AS device, which as you probably know is a teeny-tiny amount of counter weight. Seems like the stylus wear issue corrected itself. Does the music sound better. Haven't a clue ... don't think so.

I suppose the epilogue to the tale is that I've since upgraded the Zephyr to the Lyra Kleos. Andy Chong Kim of the Needle Clinic recently looked it over and reported back that stylus wear is even.

Go figure.