I would think about what you want to do with it in the long run. If you see this venture as a short term thing in your life....what the heck. But I would think if you are thinking about a long term investment that you could get use out of now, I'd keep it stock. Ever see a Model T on the road today in its original condition right off the production floor? Either way, its your westy....."do it anyway you like"!!!!