Thanks for your reply, dcpppf. I’ve been reading a lot of your comments on this subject and found them helpful. I’ve decided to tackle this task myself, been going over it step by step in my head this past week, but didn’t have time because of work. Did anyone else have a hard time gettng the CCT bolts out? Mine feels like someone put 100 ft. lbs on it lol.I took my old shims to a local dealership and they swapped them out for me for free. If yours isn't as cool they may "sell" you just the ones you need. You can likely shuffle yours around and get say half of them in spec and only buy a few others... I just hated the idea of buying an entire kit for something i should only have to adjust once.
back to the questions though. Doesn't matter where the crank is for re-installing the valve cover. But as vcycle said; there is a very specific procedure for removing/reinstalling the cams. You mentioned not adjusting yourself and only checking. But with what all you've done I don't feel that removing the cams and replacing shims is very much more effort personally.