Last night I was looking at my ski and I noticed that the RS1 plate under the back heel is a good 1/4 inch off the ski. It appears (but I'm not totally sure) to be slightly bent right there. Should I have that kind of space between the plate and the ski?
That bend is no big deal. Upload a picture of it and I will take a look. Almost all of the pressure on the plate come in a down force, so you naturally push out that bend while skiing.