Originally Posted by RikRong
4.2 ROMs barely worked, I wouldn't even want to see a 4.4. Also, what version of 4.1 are you running? If you're still on one of the older versions, you might be able to to unlock the bootloader and get rid of SS.
Yes, it never hurts to try and see if the bootloader will unlock. Some people had to run the utility twice to get it to work. We had one individual on this forum that refused to listen to the benefits, until we badgered him enough (well, more like encouraged him) to really see the flaws in his logic. He wanted to keep root and be able to use TiBu to restore his apps, but then he stated he didn't care about root. But, I explained to him that going to KK will cause him to lose root and the ability to use TiBu, so he would have no way of restoring his apps and their related data since that required root.
We then explained that attempting to unlock the bootloader will NOT harm his phone. He tried it and after the second try, he had an unlocked phone. Now, he doesn't have to wait for an exploit (if it ever comes) to root KitKat. He can just sideload it now via ADB.
So, try to unlock it. Worse that can happen is, you'll find that an OTA was applied that fixed the exploit, or you could get lucky like the person I was just talking about and have an unlocked bootloader which will allow you to obtain root with KitKat.