Darn that sun for going down earlier this time of year!
No worries, we'll wait until you have the chance I guess
Melt Mod will definitely take care of the rubbing for you. You'll want to do that pretty quick because full lock + suspension compression will = major rub / stuck tire that will be hard to turn.
The stock gearing on the X has been plenty good imo for 33s. The stock tires are closer to 32" (at least on the OR model) so the 33s are really only an inch beyond what the X was sent with oem, and the VQ40 puts out really good power numbers. I might consider regearing for 35x12.5 tires but for putting down power that has as much to do with the huge width as it does the extra height.