I think it should work now. Forgot to publish it.
So I am learning more than I ever anticipated now. I figured out how to put it in diagnostic mode. With no laundry in it, there is no creak noise during agitating! So I put a small load of laundry in on 'quick wash' to save time. No creak now! WTH! I wonder if I did something when I removed the rotor and put it back on? I did tighten the 4 stator bolts just a bit but they seemed pretty tight already.
Jury will be out until the next full load of laundry goes in I guess.