Awesome! I've lurked these forums for a while and have seen you do a lot of good work with the Ascend!
I just got an M835 myself (local store was out of the Ascend) and am looking forward to tweaking it.
I know you're FAQ will be comprehensive and I'm not trying to rush, but I do have a question for you, though. You said you rooted and cleaned? By cleaned, you meant removing the MetroPCS bloatware? If so, what is safe to remove?
Mine is already rooted with SuperOneClick and all seems OK, so far.