After much research on this and other forums, i finally pulled the trigger on mods i have been eyeing for a while. First, I got the RRO leveling kit installed, which I thought about doing myself but ended up just having a shop do. The install was a challenge for them they said but it seems they did an OK job.
Next up was a set of 17 inch Unique 297's wrapped in 265/17/70 General Grabber AT/S's from Discount tire. At only $167 a tire this was a heck of a deal and I really like so far (thanks again nasmith342 for the help!). Not really pleased that Discount Tire put external weights on the rims to balance them, but a tech there said they balance better if installed that way..... Not sure I buy it.