@ emmons.will- No full wrap metal edges on my deck. But, I did help 2 of my friends with their cuts and both their boards had full wrap metal edges. We started the cut an inch or so inside the nose edge and stopped an inch or so from the tail edge and used a hacksaw on the edges. I don't know if that's the best way to go, but it worked out alright.
I've had the split out a handful of times now in different conditions ranging from waist deep to bulletproof. I have been very impressed with my set-up. The board has been solid in all conditions (obviously much more fun in powder, and not just because it's a 167 wide with a 4" setback stance... or maybe that is why ) The float in pow is great, and I was surprised at how well it handled the cement we rode last trip out (not nearly as much flex as I expected). I will get some sparks or something probably at some point, but I really can't complain about my SPIs stacked on the voile plates. Yes, it's a little higher than the co2s on my solid board, but it's not that big of a difference. Or, at least it doesn't feel like that big of a difference.
The only big difference that stands out, and something sparks/karakorams/rughtys and a shorter deck would help, is she's pretty heavy. It's probably more noticeable because I ride a Ride Slackcountry UL with co2s as my solid, which is the lightest setup I've ever had. But still, the split is not light.
Also, I would definitely recommend the G3 skins, the BD Compactor poles, and the BCA Stash BC pack. I haven't slipped yet with the G3s and the tip/tail clips are great, haven't had any problems with the compactors (although, I wouldn't say they are necessarily better than the expeditions, just different), and the BCA has more than enough space for a day, and a truly freeze-proof (so far...) hydration system.
Again, thanks for all the motivation, inspiration, suggestions, information and help to everybody on here. I'm done rambling now.