Got the carrier out and the pinion bearing I thought was bad is still good. I guess it was just the seal blowing, and that could be because I over filled the diff, by about a quart
Reason I did that is because I did not take into account that my axle is rotated up for better drive line angle and thus the fill level has been raised as well. I am just going to clean up the differential and look at the wear pattern on the gears when I put it all back together and see how it looks. May have to replace crush sleeve and if I have to do all that I'll go ahead and replace all the bearings.
One thing I did run into on pulling the "pin" that goes through the carrier is it will only come out one way due to the size of the ring gear. This is on the 8.8 out of a 00 explorer with 4.56 gears. There is one tooth on the ring gear that is shaved down on the inside edge of the gear. That tooth is this way to allow that pin to be removed. Without that shaved tooth the pin would hit the edge of the tooth like it does on the other side. So for those who are running the 8.8 look for that tooth if you have problems removing the pin and it hits on the ring gear. I am not sure if that is the case with factory gear ratios so just a heads up.
Now on to the c-clip eliminator install. The biggest issue I had with doing this was cutting the ends of the axle tube. Reading the instructions that superior gives with this kit really put my mind to ease.
Here is the first picture I took cutting the end of the tube off. I used a die grinder with a cut off wheel but if you do not have one of those or an air compressor you can use a grinder with a cut off wheel. This is actually what they suggest in their instructions.
I'll have more pictures and write ups later on this afternoon or tomorrow as I have to work