Wow, that's pretty bad when your stock components make the replacements look bad. I was amazed at how crappy the stockers were when I did my lift.
My fox stabilizer was probably a bazillion times better than stock.
Never heard of Fat Bobs.... Is it a local place to you? How did you run across it?
We make our own paracord crap. Kids got into it a while back, I now have every color known to man, have made 3527 bracelets, 52 rifle slings, 10,000 completely unidentifiable things, and am going to make my own cage handles.... It's fun and the kids really love it.
If I ever get in a tight spot, I can knit an entire emergency shelter from paracord in about 45 minutes...