Long story on the springs. I bought mine off eBay. Thought I'd save a few $$. But it turned out to be more of a hassle.
So, if you see the front spring kit on eBay for $185 and they say it sips f of NYC. Beware. Mine came in from Italy...by-way-of St. Petersberg Russia. Seems my springs were sent to Russia, and I received the Russian dude's Honda Hornet springs.
Normal pricing is about $225 (or so).
Agree on the spring orientation. I'm always about following the instructions though. I figure they state certain things for a reason and have (hopefully) tested various options.