No need to pull the shaft, but be sure to disconnect the wheel speed sensor cable...it's easy to forget/miss and you don't realize you didn't till you have no speedo or odo. I learned this the hard easy way.About to tackle this in my garage this weekend, wish me luck. I ordered a prebuilt from ECGS and I hope this is the only problem when I crack her open.
After reading the OP's redo, it looks like I don't have to separate the calipers. I'm assuming I just have to unbolt the break like to flex the few inches the shafts have to come out.
Should I pull the shafts? could debris from the gears get past that?
Also, locking the diff prior to starting helps with removal too.
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