Join Date: May 2003
Location: Tinton Falls, NJ
The half-shafts aren't hard to pull. Just take out the 3 bolts that hold the spindle on, cut the brake lines and ebrake cables, and pull the axle out with the spindle and brakes and everything still attached. Then once you get home and have a clean flat area to work on, you can take them apart the rest of the way.
As for how much the axles can take, it varies. I've seen a bone stock 3.8 break a V8 axle, and I've heard numerous stories of stock V6 axles holding up to various V8 swaps. Basically, when you put stress on the driveline, the weakest link is going to break. Usually on the street, that weakest link is the tires and they just start spinning, but if they don't, something else has to give, and it could be the axles, the diff, the U-joints, or even the trans itself. There's really no way to know what's going to break first, but the axles are a likely candidate.
-91 Cougar LS, coming soon, complete overhaul
with a 427" Windsor.
-90 XR7 5-speed black on black w/sunroof, MP2, coated rotors, double intercooler, 15%OD, ported heads, comp stage 1 cam, 85mm TB, 90MM LMAF, 80# injectors, and ported big valve heads
-98 Mark VIII LSC, Procharger P600b, TR3650 swap and 3.73s.
-90 SC Automatic rustbucket winter beater
-97 Tbird Sport 4.6 Nice weather daily driver
-"Your buddy Mike is INSANE!" -ClintD's dad