I thought it worthwhile passing along a warning--L-brackets from both Really Right Stuff and Kirk are not quite "ready for prime time" I'm afraid. I have always put one on my DSLRs, and this one, which I bought for my wife, could use one as well--great for tripod flexibility. The RRS version did not have sufficient room under the side part of the bracket to open the connector doors at all. After returning it, I tried again. The Kirk version has sufficient dimples in the side bracket to get to the door nubbits, but the the door does not open fully as it is blocked by the L-bracket member on the opposite side. Yikes! I tried both and failed--now what??
I agree that it is possible to use these brackets, but not without undue trouble. I have L brackets on several other bodies used over the years, and this current problem is unique. I don't mind paying the freight for terrific products, but to have to make adjustments in the mount, take it apart, etc., just to get around a design bug is not the desirable outcome. These brackets should fit snugly, efficiently, and properly for their expressed function. I'll call the two companies about this. Perhaps in the meantime a simple bracket for horizontal use will have to do.
You are correct. I just spoke with the folks at Kirk, and they pointed out that the rubber side doors on the D7000 are too large for the Arca-Swiss system, unlike other bodies I have. Why in the world did Nikon do that--there must be an alternative while fitting connectors in place. Now we have a problem, given that the remote control (non-IR) will need access to the side panel of connectors, which means adjusting the L-bracket in order to use it properly. Ouch. I'm thinking of modifying the rubber doors to allow them to bend easier while still protecting the connectors.