Rock bouncers are in a whole different level then what I will ever be doing, so I can understand why they do that first. I also will be making sure my nerf bars are strong enough to jack from by adding more support braces if needed, or replacing them with the S3 nerf bars.I'm not a rock bouncer.... but I have friends that are. The FIRST thing they install is a set of nerfs they can park the entire weight of the car on, since they get used for that so often when maneuvering over said rocks.
Caught me by surprise you went a different route.
Then again yours is a very "different" build..