We stripped the axle and removed the brackets before bringing the housing in for shortening. Technician Tim Adkins measured for the cut and carefully torched the weld attaching the inner C to the axletube. This can be done with a grinder or cut-off tool, but a torch or plasma cutter makes the process a whole lot easier. Once the weld was gone, Adkins cut the tube just inside the inner C with a chop saw. A second cut was made at our previous mark, and approximately four inches of axletube hit the ground. No turning back now!