Ok, so I used root manager to pull launcher.apk, opened it up as a .zip, and extracted all the files.
I edited several of the gfx and zipped it back up, and renamed it Launcher.apk.
I then used root manager to plop it back into the system, and it doesnt work. My phone freezes at the M.
I then decided to take a different approach, and since I'm already running Pete's ESE81, I just used his ROM, edited the Launcher.apk in there, and then tried a clean install. The only thing I changed was Launcher.apk. I'm still getting stuck at the M.
Any suggestions as to why?