I haven't done it (I just slid the collar over and locked it in place), but my thought would be to remove that bearing and forget about it... the purpose of that bearing is to support the outer end of the inner shaft.... if you install a 1-piece shaft (TJ/XJ) then there's no shaft end to support at that location... you have the inner (splined) end going into the carrier and the outer end to the U-joint at the unit bearing.
Sean B. - Schenectady, NY - 95 YJ, 350/700r4/NP241, JB Shorty SYE, 8.8 rear, 2" BDS, 1" homebrew shackles, Daystar 1" BL, TJ flares, 35x12.50 General Grabber AT2 on 15x10 Bart D-Truckers, Polyshield polycarbonate windshield, HD over/under crossover steering
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