Thanks for the replies! I will probably spring for the new BL instead of cutting mine down...will have to buy new hardware if I cut mine down as the bolts will be too long so might as well go ahead and replace it all.
10-4 on the fan/shroud and the 4x4 linkage. Thanks for the heads up on that. It's hard to shift into 2nd and R sometimes now. I assume the PO did not properly adjust that when he put the BL on it, but hope it will be resolved when I drop it back down.
Going to try to tackle all the labor myself. I'll document and post pic's so that others can learn from the mistakes I am certain to make.