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I have removed the diff from the car and now need to remove the Drive shafts
Is it best to undo the Allen head bolts or take the rear cover off and remove the clips and pull out the driveshafts
 

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Pull the big aluminum cover out under the center of the car. Might have to lower the exhaust to get it out. Pull the allen bolts on the flex discs. Drop the center bearing. Pull the driveshafts.

MARK THE DRIVESHAFTS WHERE THEY JOIN IN THE MIDDLE SO IF YOU SEPARATE THEM, THEY GO BACK ON THE SAME SPLINES. Otherwise, you can unbalance it. Not fun then.
 

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Diff is currently on the floor with driveshafts either side
Where exactly am i marking this mark
The aluminium plate is this the one head with a few bolts when removed the gears are all exposed
 

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I was referring to the big long thing from the transmission to the diff, the driveshaft. Were you referring to the rear axles? There is a 15mm bolt in the center of the brakes / rear hub that once removed the axles should pull right out. Don't need to disassemble anything to get to that bolt, just take off the wheel and you'll see it.
 

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Yes I was referring to the rear axles
The diff is on the floor i have removed axles from the hub but not sure how to remove them from the diiff
 

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i need to split the shafts and put new gaitors in later will i need to remove the allen head bolts to do this
 

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What's a "gaitor"?

Make sure the allen bolt holes are very clean. If you strip one out, it's a serious pain to remove it!!
 

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In this case use method #2 from post 7. This way you can also replace the oil seals of the diff output flanges while not putting up with those 6 bolts. Throw in the diff new oil too when done.
 

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I need to do the diff seals as well I believe there are 3 seals two for each axle and one at the front where the flex disc attaches
Are all 3 seals a DIY to fit or are soecialist tools needed
 

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Sorry to hijack, but would method 1 ( removing the 10mm Allen’s) be used if you just wanted to remove the diff, leaving the rear axles in place. I think my diff pinion is worn and the diff needs rebuild.
Thanks.
 

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Sorry to hijack, but would method 1 ( removing the 10mm Allen’s) be used if you just wanted to remove the diff, leaving the rear axles in place.
In your case it can be done that way too. However, those 6 bolts are VERY hard to remove and since you plan on opening the diff anyway, why not leave the axels attached to the diff, remove the back cover and take the clips out. Then lower the diff sliding out the output flanges with the axels attached to the flanges. In the end your axels stay with the car attached to the wheel hubs and at the other end they's have the flanges attached, your diff out of the car.
 
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