Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: North West of Ireland
I got a replacement spider joint from shop4parts. It was a Birth component and a bit cheaper than your link. Replacing the spider is not a difficult job...I did both sides and replaced the 'cup' on the n/s. Have plenty of CV grease, new boot(s) and clips before you start. I used a brass drift to remove the n/s spider as that was totally shot...the brass drift was to protect/prevent inadvertent damage to the drive shaft. The spider is secured to the drive shaft with a circlip (external) so you will ideally need circlip pliers.
Split upper arm ball joint, track rod end, drop link, cut off inboard CV boot and withdraw shaft from 'cup'. You might want to remove the brake caliper and hang it up out of the way. If you have to replace the 'cup' you will need access from below (lift or pit), using a good stout and blunt punch/chisel strike the cup with a sharp blow. This will be to get past the retaining ring securing the cup in the diff. Forget using prybars, levers and such like as you will probably damage the aluminium gearbox casing. If you go this far have some fresh gearbox oil to hand as you will loose some ..... so whip out the drain plug before hand to avoid a mess.