A little update on the build, as this year i have been riding more local trails than camping, so it kinda migrated to more xc oriented setup.
A Surly cheater bar and a 100mm manitou markhor at the front. Its gotten more trail capable, but its too responsive for my linking - it has a 72 degree head angle, i guess that makes it more nervous on the descents. Also drilled and riveted extra bottle cage mounts on the seat tube and downtube, drilling the placing of one of the holes was quite awkward though.
In the future planning to covert it back to bike packing mode, as i liked it more with a rigid front and a jones bar. But before that i need something thats abit more capable on the trails, but thats a new project :)