Finally went through all that, though im not sure i like how the UI on AOKP works. main issues are the lack of custom fonts and how it does background setup with pictures. It also seems to be limited to only one type of lock screen (eg no pattern/pin) Any ideas?
Edit: while AOKP doesnt have a built in font changer like the original 4.0.4 that was on my phone, i found an app to do that. and after a bit of searching i got most of the rest of it under control.