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Re: Meet the Newbie
Since nobody has answered your question yet, I'll go ahead and do that (even if it's waaaay too late).
The skidplate has been lowered to improve driveshaft angles caused by the lift. It should generally be kept as-is. As you see, lowering the one end raises the other, and the fan shroud is noticably affected.
General rule for when something largely inexpensive doesn't fit: make it fit. In the case of a fan shroud, redrilling mounting holes through the plastic roughly 1/2" lower than the factory holes (or however much lower you have to go to space your shroud properly) should solve your troubles.
Or, as you've done, you can buy a fan that does fit... more expensive, but congrats, you've solved your problem.
Unfortunately I can't quite visualize the problem you're having with your steering box. Do you mean that it is hitting brake lines (metal hoses?). There are several aftermarket steering box brackets and such available, but all will generally have the same stock angles. If you can get a few photos of the problem, it should help get you alot more recommendations.
Congrats on your purchase, and lots of luck n' fun.