It's interesting to see the cult of k2 persisting. I've been off them for 3+ years now (Xsjado) and am currently hacking together a setup. No other skates have felt as good.
A question for those on current era Varsity/Fatty Pro skates: did you shave down the raised area of the soul/royale plate, as well as the on-skate (soul) mounting areas? It looks like a good way to reduce ride height by 3mm+, which would eliminate almost all of the ride stilting.