I think i solved the problem. I had the main axis that the laser drives on a little loose. I had it loose so the wheels would turn easily.

A buddy of mine said no we need to tighten this up. I found out it was much easier to tighten w/ him. So now the wheels are pretty tight but they do seem to still move.

Bottom line is I got a few decent prints. I ll spend more time this weekend and confirm before I provide a more thorough analysis should anyone else have my same issues in the future