kawakx125, The baffle design is done with the mounting flange on the outside to limit the amount of surfaces that grass can build up on inside the shell. When you removed the baffle what blades were in the deck? For the scenario of increasing the pitch raising the back will have less of an effect on the front cut height or drop the front and then remove one spacer from the blade spacing to tuck the blade up in the deck. The blade spacing is more critical when the baffle is in place but with it removed you have more freedom on the blade spacing. Best Regards Wright Mfg.