# How Do You Randomly Translate Vertex Groups for Individual Instances for Instances on Points?

I've created several instances of an object on points along a mesh line (see below). I would like to disrupt the uniformity by translating the vertices at the left and right ends of each instance by a small random distance along the x-axis (the long axis). Since the edges of the object are beveled, I believe that to solution would involve location translation rather than extrusion.

Problems I've encountered include:

1. Separating the geometry (Separate Geometry node) by vertex groups, manipulating sub-geometries individually, and then rejoining the geometries (Join Geometry node) held the greatest promise, but resulted in gaps and overlaps in the rejoined geometry. Join Geometry doesn't remember the object's original topology
2. Attempting to to apply the Set Position node and selecting vertex groups using the Named Attribute node also seemed a plausible approach but presented two problems: a) the Set Position mode used in conjunction with the Random Value node applied a different (rather than single) random value to each vertex in the vertex group, and (b) applied the same exact random pattern to each objects' instance. How does one manipulate the vertices in individual vertex groups by object instance? I was hoping (unreasonably) that the random value node would (magically) behave similar to the shading Object Info node
3. Attempting to overcome the problems with the Set Position node, I discovered that the transform geometry node does not have a selection input to control which vertex group to address.
4. Creating collections of different sized objects and choosing from among them at random using the Collection Info node works great, but defeats the advantages of using geometry nodes
5. Simply scaling along the x-axis using the Instance on Points node corrupts the geometry between the two end of the object

Is what I'm attempting even possible?

PS - New to this group. My 1st attempt at asking for help. Please excuse me if botched this plea for assistance

Let's say you have a monkey that you want to duplicate and drop the jaws randomly. Select vertices of the jaw, assign them to the vertex group JAW, and use a setup like this: