Well I finally got around to replacing the drivers side output shaft needle bearing in my front diff to resolve the typical grinding noise. Im talking about the noise that exists in 2wd and goes away in 4wd.
I used a 3 jaw puller on a slide hammer that I rented from autozone. It took about 5 min of hammering but it came out without any big problems. I also replaced my cv axle while I was taking everything apart
And the verdict is... totally gone! From taking a test drive up to 70mph the noise is totally gone! It took me about 5 hours to do everything, and the biggest problem I had was finding space to get the axle out.