the trick to dropping just the diff is too put the jack stands under the car floor (right at the strong point, at the floor's up-kick at the outside edge) so as to let the sub-frame drop and twist down.
this gives just enough clearance usually to clear the spare tire well.
undo the drive shaft and half-shafts from the diff.
remove the 2 nuts and washers for the mustache bar to body connection, then
undo/remove the 2 fasteners to the diff cover.
remove the 4 long bolts and horse shoe spacers for the diff. (only possible if installed from the bottom, up in the initial assembly)
push the diff as far foward as possible and use a prybar to remove the mustache bar, prying it over the studs and then down. (not required if using bolts)
then remove the diff.
Julian, if the gas tank is in the way.... buddy, you're doing it ALL wrong!okayfine wrote:I wasn't able to the last time I did it, some time ago. I couldn't remove the mustache bar becuase of the gas tank and couldn't pull the diff with the bar attached.