I'm currently making a kaizo hack and the HUD is getting in the way for a lot of the jumps. I am currently looking to get rid of everything other than lives. I have tried using the death counter patch, but it always starts off as a glitched value. If anybody knows how to get rid of these pieces of the HUD, please respond.
You can use the SMW Status Bar Editor tool to rearrange/hide specific counters and edit the default status bar's layer 3 data.
You would still need to look through the ROM Map for disabling certain stuff like the bonus stars and item reserve though.