An older thread, but whatever. Hey Kelsey, welcome to MN.
As for the drop brackets, thankfully they have been redesigned. Those that have them say that they are tied together and are made from thicker steel.
If mine get bent, I'll just replace them with the new ones. Pretty cheap as mods go. By the way, those that have bent them say that the Jeep isn't disabled. So, just some reassurance...
You can also go without them. Before they were introduced, all AEV Jeeps used the stock positions...there was no other change; in essence, they were set up just like RK. So this is no reason to avoid AEV. You just have the option. A worthwhile option IMO especially with the improved brackets.