I'm going to respectfully disagree with the notion that it's easy. Removing the star bolts that hold the hub in place is rugged if its never been removed before. The axle nut is no joke, you need a big *** socket for that, I had to get a set from harbor freight. The hub could be rusted to yoke behind it so be ready to pound the crap out of it. It'll probably laugh at you because the dust shield is the problem. You'll bend it to hell trying to get it to separate, when all else failed I had to use a small pickle fork and I chewed it up pretty good. If you pull the hub assembly out odds are it will separate. It's not supposed to be serviceable but if it does you can put it back together. May as well replace it though. Be careful pulling the axle out, you don't want to screw up the splines pulling it out of the shaft.
Getting a rusty U-Joint out is loads of fun. I tried with a vice and I bent the yoke ear like the unfortunate poster above. There is no going back after that. Had to buy a passenger side axle assembly.
So I don't believe this falls into the easy category unless everything comes apart and goes back together perfectly. How often does that happen?
Good thing I love my Cherokee.
1998 Jeep Wrangler SE
Mods so far...none
Maintenance to keep it on the road...Oh my god.