Well, not sure if first post went through :-( So, I will attempt again.
I am trying to get into my rear differential to replace the pinion shaft and spider gears as well as the wheel bearings and seals on either side of the dif. Mighty Jeep (80 CJ-7) is up on jack stands with both tires off. Drums and brake assemblies off. Do I need to remove the brake backing plates (4 bolts) to extract the axle shafts? Is there a C-clip to contend with? Once and if I remove the 4 bolt brake backing plate, and use a wheel puller, will the axle shaft slid out easly? Are the wheel bearings press onto the axle shaft....are, are they inside the end of the tubes?
Any help would be appreciated......