For popping the axle out of the dif...I carry a A1Cardone spare, think it was $68 bucks with tax... It looks exactly like the OEM one that was replaced under warranty... weaker you say? maybe but it will get you off the trail, if you carry the right tools... and just as a tip, you dont have to drain the diff if you lift the broke side up high enough all the gear lube runs to the other side... The cage in the outboard joint is what usualy breaks. Now If you have an auto trans, or a front locker in a manual, you can remove the out board cv joint and axle and leave the in board "cup" stuck in the diff if you don't have a spare. the inboard joint just slips together, the boot is the only thing that keeps it from falling appart when its out of the truck..
it's not that bad a job, i can do it on the trail in about 45 min. hardest part is getting the old one to pop out of the diff, or if its stuck in the wheel hub...
Do you happen to have a picture of this set-up?For popping the axle out of the dif...
Make yourself a cable noose and use a 2 pound dead blow on one end in an eyelet and noose the other end around the inner axle housing,(where the inner seal is) and the axle pops right out
The cable noose needs to be about 30 inches, I think . It just needs to be long enough to be able to use it like a slide hammer outside the fenderwell. I I keep it in my trial tool bag. It takes up no room and saves a bunch of B.S under the truck, in the dirt.
I made one and popped axles out in seconds
It may take a minute or two, off your 45 minute time. :bigthumb: