I found an old picture I posted. Looks like you should be ok with removel with out damaging the rear bearing.
Do a search with my name and look for a title concerning rear end noise. I posted a picture of the rear carrier and it came off without damaging the rear bearing. However, I managed to damage the bearing replacing the dang bushing!!!!
Last edited by Tinker; 11-14-2003 at 04:41 PM.