from what ive read, you can but the front axle will have to be removed. im in a similar situation myself, have a bad knocking noise, sounds like a diesel! i may see about another motor to go through and rebuild, then swap out the junk engine for the rebuilt, hard to say what condition the crank is in, all that knocking, its bound to have some flat spots, probly wouldnt last too long just putting bearings in.
'96 4x4 4 door, cherry red, 4l60e, 3.42's with rear limited slip.
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