Originally Posted by scary alien
Yeah, you should be able to follow one of the above rooting methods... None of these involve installing a custom recovery or re-flashing any of the boot images.
The rooting methods above basically have you soft-boot (i.e., in memory) the unsecured boot image so that you can remount /system in read/write mode to allow the root binaries (su and Superuser.apk) to be installed on your phone.
After that, you'll have root and can use TiBu to restore your apps!
Does that help and/or make sense?
edit: the stuff in post #2 re. ClockworkMod custom recovery is still under construcution at this point and isn't necessary for rooting. I'll add a little disclaimer in that post
Scary Alien - Am I correct in the context of this thread that if after unlocking, but before rooting, I were to boot, not flash, the cwm .img thusly,
fastboot boot recovery-clockwork-188.8.131.52-maguro.img
and run a nandroid backup of the virgin OS, reboot, and then root, that there still would be no residual to derail the condition Travillion wants to achieve ?