"Im gonna try to get a spark plug wire removal tool as I am paranoid of ripping the boot.."
Removal tool probably is a good idea. I found that the wires were easier (not easy) to remove when the engine was warm. Start it up, run for a few miles, put on some protection from the heat, and try to pull straight up/twist from the caps. Good luck, it ain't easy. The hardest one for me was #4 all the way in the back - good thing I was going to replace the wires anyway, because I had to pull that one by whatever I could get my hand on - including the wire itself!