Yes... you can remove the carriers... I did on mine. I unbolted the carrier caps and the pinion nut (pinion nuts first with wheel on the ground) and CAREFULLY used a prybar to remove them... working side to side so I didn't kick the carrier at an angle. Make sure you keep all your shims in place after removal.
The rear axles are pressed into the axle tubes. It took some work to get 'em out. I got hateful with the "BFH" (Big....uummmm.... Hammer)
78 Wagoneer "River Beast"
Dana 44's (soon to be 4.88's)
7" SOA conversion
4" Skyjacker Softride
3" Trailmaster Bodylift
33x12.50's on 15x10's
(soon 38.5x14.50's on 12's)
My FSJ site: http://www.geocities.com/~spazz4life
My E-mail: email@example.com
"Where there's a hill...there's a way!"
[This message has been edited by River Beast (edited August 23, 2000).]