Nice bike Notmybike... I too have put my bike on a diet (well, not as extensively as yours, but getting there). Yamie fork will help a bunch and hopefully pair nicely with my Wilber's rear shock.
Rad- my bike must know something is up... My left fork seal took a huge dump today on the trail. Nice flowing of fork oil all the way home. How's the progress coming with the brace/axle?