Devils advocate here
Arent you still going to have to flash a custom kernel, without the emmc bug, which will (usually) come with su anyways?
I guess what im saying is, while this can give you root without increasing the binary counter, it will still leave you with a buggy stock kernel....
For me, from stock, i do the following:
1) Flash Philz kernel and recovery from stock recovery. (wont increase binary counter, and includes CWM recovery)
3) Back up efs (important)
Then either stay on stock, reboot into recovery and flash Dorimanx 8.43 branch (with su included)
reboot into recovery and flash custom ROM (usually with root)
And then update su (superuser or SuperSU (better))
Thats not exactly hard to do.
For a long long time i ran Stock 4.1.2 on my SGS2, but now...
I run the only
ROM other than stock (of any of 4.2.x/4.3.x/4.4.x variety) that is as stable and has comparable battery life
Dorimanx Test Build 10.43v117 by cybernetus - http://forum.xda-developers.com/gala...ilds-t2415759/
If you want me to leave, you only have to peripherally mention Windows 8…..