So just to finish off this thread, here is the end result of what started out repainting the frame that turned into a weight reduction and refresh of the front and rear of the jeep. I gained an inch in height and the jeep does not feel as sluggish as before.... and the seats of my pants tell me that it feels a bit nimble and more responsive. I still have to wire up a couple of lights for the bumper plate and figure out a place for the antenna. I ended up with a new cat-back exhaust as the prior shop that did the work just welded the support coming off the muffler and pipe straight to the frame. I had to acquire the original brackets and bushings. I went with the Banks kit. It was a perfect fit and a rather painless install. Thanks for all the good discussions, everyone.
Looks good. I’d suggest that you get a thimble for your winch line so the end isn’t continuously exposed. You can mount your hook with a D ring when/if you need it. Rarely use a hook.
Only time will tell if your KC lights are in the “damage” zone. If you ever wheel in Truckhaven they will be gone quickly.