1. Z4Root is the easiest way to root since you just get it from the market. One buttons press then done.
2. to modify the settings.db in /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/ use the SuperOneClick which you can get here
3. I used root explorer, which you can get from the market and just edited the /system/etc/motorola/com.android.providers.settings/secure.mkitso
and /system/etc/motorola/com.motorola.android.providers.settings/settings.mkitso files in place. Copying them, editing them, and chmodding them didn't seem to work for me for whatever reason. The way I did it, you don't have to do anything other than edit the file in text editor and factory reset your phone.