after you get the front wheels and hubs off..remove the knuckle from the a-arms...now would be a good time to repack both ends of the cv joints...with a sharp tug/pull...pull the axle out of the front differental..it might take a few pulls..but it will just pop out..you may loose some front differental oil...soo..remember to re-fill it after your done..once you pull the axle out...with a small screwdriver..bend the metal tabs up and out of the keeper thats around the band..it's just crimped down around the band..< it's best just to remove just one band < the big end >..slide the boot back far enough to inspect the cv joint..repack..slide it back on if the cv joint is good..most times..if you hear a poping sound when turning..the cv joints are bad...this will require a complete tear down of them..this can get alittle tricky..lol..one end of the cv joint is held together with a snap ring that sits down inside the cv joint..remove it..then it should just pull out..sorry..i don't remember which end won't come out of the cv joint..i do know one end does..oh..make sure that you don't take both sides out..and put them in on the wrong side !Yeh the old final drive lasted 12 years lol so yeh I hope this one holds up for a while. My next question is about the front axle and cv joints. I put a 2 inch lift and a set of vamp EDLs. Now with the added flex on the front axle I hear it make a poping sound every once in a while when turning sharp. One thing is I beleive I need to re-grease the boots but Ive never done it before. Is it difficult to do? What kind of grease do I get? and how do i remove the bands from the boots? If someone has some instructions or mabye some pictured steps that would be great.