Been wanting to do that for a while now. You inspired me to tear mine off as well. had to cut the front brackets on both sides and only one bolt or nut didn't break on the passenger side despite PB and WD 40
Took mine off as well. Have a northern truck and there was a fair amount of rust on the body underneath them. I got all of the bolts out except for the very last one that I stripped and had to cut out. I think it looks way better.