I listened to the experience, tightened the motor mounts and used the engine's weight. Did not have to pull the tie rods either. Once the subframe was lowered, it only took a little pressure on a pry bar to pop out the mounts, same for installing the new ones.
The old mounts were still intact, but the rubber had become very soft. This apparently allowed the axle to shift fore and aft, and this movement was wearing away at the axle suspension bolts.
Gonna get back to putting the pieces on, just wanted to let you know the hard part is accomplished.
As always, Thanks!
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