I'm more than certain there are others who are / were in the same boat as I am, so I was more-so wondering if anyone had already figured it out. Sometimes great ppl already have (and are willing to part with) the info. I've found XDA to be the best place for the best help / advice. Even if it's "I've tried this once and it worked for me, but it might brick YOUR phone". LOL
In the end, it's all good. My phone's still rooted just the way I like it, and I have the .181 update. Life's good for now.