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Most C-clip axleshafts will come out of the housing easily. Non-C-clip axles usually require a bit of persuasion. You can use a slide hammer if you have one, but we usually just put the brake drum over the lug studs, thread on a couple lug nuts, and give it a few pulls to free the shaft. If you’re running older two-piece shafts on your Dana 41, 44, or Model 20 you may want to rethink welding your diff, as the shafts will almost always spin in the hub with any real off-road use once the diff is locked up or welded.