I've been trying to find the lowest price for the extension before I purchase it. I've found that it looks funny without it, as you said.
I would be extremely interested in taking those brackets off your hands. What would you sell them for?
2.25" Rocky Road Lift, 17" Vision Wheels, 265/70 17 Nitto Terra Grapplers, AEM CAI, Powerstop Drilled and Slotted Rotors, Custom Double Din Dash kit with Kenwood DX-418, Custom 3rd row Toolbox, Yakima MegaWarrior Safari Rack,Yakima rack extension, KC 100w long range lights on roof rack, 2 10" Kicker L7s, 1000 Watt Kicker ZX Amp, Flowmaster 50 SUV Series Muffler
Future: Steel Armadillo Rock Rails, steel storage box in place of spare tire, Bilstein Front Struts with reservoirs