Id like to add a bar above the forums to eliminate the Topics and Posts headings to the right of each forum to clean up my design. Is this something you can help me with in reformatting the forum.php for simplified #2?
Did I get you right, that you want to show the current Forum Topics and Posts count on the Category tab?
The gray bar in the screenshot is just the headings for the columns under them the forum name, topic, post number, and last post appear as the do under the bar. I want to eliminate the UI of seeing "posts" and "topics" headings in each row.