I decided to create a new thread on this topic. This is a continuation from my last thread (about what turns out to be a leaking front shock). I can't find any video's of someone taking apart the inner CV boot. I see lots of video's of people pulling the whole shaft out and replacing it. I see that it takes some prying to get the inner tripod joint pulled off the transmission stub shaft. This seems to be because you're pulling the joint over the "circlip" (circle clip?) that's sitting in a groove near the end of the stub shaft. There doesn't seem to be a way to get at and remove the circlip before sliding the joint off the shaft - and more to the point, how do you install a new circlip without mangling it by forcing the joint back on when you reinstall it? The service manual says to always replace the circlip (and nearby o-ring seal) when you separate the inner tripod joint from the stub shaft. Well, I hope I can find those items locally, because the boot kit doesn't come with them (and, apparently, even new shafts don't always come with them either). This has me wondering: Assuming I have enough room to work in there, is it possible to leave the inner tripod joint in-place on the stub shaft, cut the old boot away, remove the snap ring that keeps the spider assembly in place, slide the inter-connecting shaft out (with the spider) and then slide the new boot into position and re-insert the shaft/spider and snap ring? It sure looks like I don't really have to take the tripod joint off the stub shaft if all I'm doing is replacing the boot. Comments?