Update. I used Matts utility to reinstall .173, took the update and used Matts utility (1.61) to root. Reloaded my backups (Titanium) all was good until to day. I decided to reboot my phone and it essentially went into a boot loop. I ended up doing a factory reset. Rerooted and I have reinstalled all my programs.
Now my question...my previous phone was a DX. It was rooted running GB and Liberty 3 v2 ROM. I had been rooting since Froyo, never had to SBF back, never had a bootloop issue that wasnt resolved by pulling battery, and never had to reinstall a backup. I'm not a novice but certainly no expert. I know my way around a pc, and have a little Linux experience. So what is different about the RAZR/RAZR MAXX and the DX that could cause this problem?
Note I have had this phone just 2 weeks.