Originally Posted by Swaggerville Ram
The whole axle has to come apart to do the pinion bearings since the pinion has to come out.
How much you need or want to rebuild at the time is up to you.
If its a daily driver, its probably not the best thing to learn on if you've never done it before. IMO
The whole axle does not have to come out, we hardly ever drop axles out of the rig unless there is clearance issues such as you would find in a lowrider, you have to pull the back plate, but every thing will slide out of the way. We just did my 2001 a few months a go. But I don't recommend doing it yourself if you have never set up a differential before. Get you something with a removable third member to learn on, and send this one to the shop. its a 4 hour job by the book, so should be roughly 300 bucks for labor at most ($80X4 hours). We charge $60/hour, but some shops charge up to 80/hour.