# Weird vim-latex behaviour

I just started using LaTex in vim and immediately ran into problems. I'm using the vim-latex plugin and it's completely screwing up the tutorial I'm trying to follow. There's a useful shortcut for writing something in the exponent. But when I use it vim shows everything in superscript automatically, which is not that bad but when I try to insert something like \pi it breaks and I can't see ^ or {} anymore. Does anyone know how I can turn this behaviour off?

As far as I understand the matter, the mistake probably lies either in  ~/.vim/plugin/imaps.vim , ~/.vim/ftplugin/latex-suite/main.vim or installationspecific settings.
I am using vim 7.4 and vim-latex 1.8.23.