I finally got around to doing this; not a difficult job at all. Excellent write-up Chris!
One tip that I found ... on the driver's side, I used the long needle-nosed pliers as suggested, however with my left hand, squeezed the connector clip with the pliers, and pushed the connector off with my right hand. I was being careful not to damage the clip. Once off, the plugs were easy to get to. Socket extensions are a must! I started the truck in between sides to verify no problems halfway through.
My old plugs (Denso & NGK) looked normal, but with gaps ranging from .047 - .053.
The truck runs much smoother now.