Well I finally did it, I got rid of my front shifter yesterday, my bike ,specialized hardrock comp disc, came with the shifter brake lever combos so I replaced it with a new avid brake lever. then I locked my front derailleur in place.
I took it for a ride this morning and it only jumped once when I hit a sand pit pretty hard. so to improve this and keep it from happening often I went to bent's and bought a shinny new unramped chainring (usually used for single speeds or down hill) and a chain watcher to replace the front derailluer. I also plan to remove the small ring and I'm thinking about cutting down my big ring to make a bash guard, I'll also take a few links out of the chain later today if I can.
I'm sure many of you are saying why 1x8, why not 1x9. well my bike came as a 24 speed and its not worth it to convert it to a 9 speed cassette, chain, derailleur, and shifter until I need to.