So i finally had time to try all this stuff and had no luck getting a different ROM installed. Here's my boring and sad story for those interested:
Like everyone else I was able to get an unlock code. I then put that into androxyde's flash tool and it seemed to go successfully, except my system didn't wipe, which I thought always happened when a bootloader was unlocked officially (for security reasons). I checked in the system service menu and under rooting status it now displayed unknown instead of the regular message (something like bootloader unlockable: NO). So despite this things indicting my bootloader might still be locked, the camera would not focus or take photos or open in any third party camera apps, indicating it was unlocked.
So I tried flashing a couple different roms stock and cm intended for the regular z1 and all of them failed to flash. I then tried flashing different kernels through flash tool and it failed in about .5 seconds which indicated that my bootloader was still locked, unless there is some strange issue I'm having with flashing things (both via recovery and flashtool) that is unrelated to bootloaders lock state. I "relocked" the bootloader and the Camera works fine again.
I'm sadly back on 5.0 stock tmobile.
If anyone comes up with any new ideas or suggestions I'll certainly try them.