Southern, did you get the shaft replaced then? Did you come across any other difficulties other than the ones you mentioned in this thread? I am about to start on mine today, and the dealer here hasn't ever messed with one. They printed off instructions for removing and installing it from their service manual, so I hope it makes enough sense! The main question I have is whether I need to make/buy the "special" tools that are listed in the instructions. I know it has been mentioned in relation to the countershaft that the bearings can/should just be cut out instead of trying to pull them. Thank you for any tips you have!