So, let's see; about time for an update. Removed my carpet and most of the relatively easily pulled foam mat, as well as the plastic venting for the rear foot-wells. Sold the carpet and the floor-mats to my buddy here who has an '04 with ugly carpet and floor-mats.
Installed some Aluminum diamond-plate floormats (with the dead pedal also) to provide some grip, bought them off an eBay shop. They would fit better if I had the regular flooring still, but it's alright, I have them bolted in to the floors, and am awaiting my riv-nut tool to do the install properly.
Installed some Carbon Fiber Sokie Tech (believe that's the companies name) hood dampers off of some eBay seller (Alvoturk9000 or something close). Great purchase, and glad I bought them.
Ordered a bunch of different riv-nuts, thread matched screws and some 6" wide HDPE strips from McMaster-Carr. Riv-nuts and screws are for multiple uses, the HDPE strips will be used to cover and protect the fuel lines and wire-looms that run along the inside of the door frame to the back. These will be riveted to the kick-plates (or whatever those trim pieces are called that sit in the door frame) and then mounted underneath the lines/wiring with the riv-nuts and the screws.
I'll try to remember add some pics in here after I've done this part, though I do need some pics just because.