At one time there was a seller on eBay that had vinyl inlays for the "SRT" hood heat shield but haven't been able to find them in years. Being vinyl on fabric they didn't last very long, ~ 18 months so maybe he got tired of people complaining but wish someone would offer them again.
If the price is right, I'm ok with replacing it once a year. Not really up for painting it, my rattle can skills aren't that good.
As for the initial cause, sometimes the system tries to be "smarter" than the user and auto rotates according to what it thinks is correct. Yes, cropping it will help, especially if reducing the vertical height.