Jim - if you're out there I really need advice. The disconnect of the shock went fine, driveshaft out - looks brand new at 24k miles - greased the splines and tried to reassemble. Noticed the front boot popped out of the swing arm.
I cannot get the front boot back in place between swingarm and transmission. I've tried installing with several swingarm angles for over an hour. The plastic clip keeps falling out into the swingarm and I can't get the boot to seat with it in.
What is involved with removing the swingarm, given that I already have the shock off? Hoping to do this tonight. I expect I can reassemble the boot onto the swingarm, replace the swingarm, install the driveshaft and wire-tie the front edge of the front boot in that order, then finish the rest of the final drive steps for reassembly.