Dooder - I appreciate the kind words! I ended up with Kenda Challengers. I've been impressed by the price/quality of Kendas before, and it's REALLY hard to find street tires that come in an 18" rear and 19" front, especially in the right widths.
I've been working a lot of overtime lately, which means not much time for the build, plus I've been recruited to build a 'fighter TLS for a guy. However, overtime = money, so early next week I hope to have some parts in the mail