Well, these particular Ludwig pedals suck. In a way, Ludwig should just admit it (like Gretsch) and just stop making hardware. They just don’t do it very well anymore.What about loosening the clamp a 1/4 turn so the the wing isn't hitting the pedal? You don't have to clamp the pedal to the hoop too much.
The other answer is because it's a Ludwig pedal.
Runs and hides.
It looks like someone took that wing screw off one of the stands and put it on the pedal. That's what I meant by OEM. Good to see you've gotten it all sorted out. Have fun!That wing screw is Ludwig OEM. Because all the cymbal stands have the same size wing screws and are identical.