Ok here is the DIY instructions to remove/replace half-axles. 3 hours should do it (2-3 beers?) It sounds imposing but really isn't any more difficult than brakes or shocks.
1. Jack up car, chock and remove wheel.
2. Remove brake caliper, and support to avoid damage to the hydraulic line.
3. Remove rotor (take out the inner o-ring first).
4. Remove hub nut (36mm, may need PB blaster and a breaker bar).
(Hub with wheel, caliper and rotor removed)
5. Remove wheel speed sensor from the hub (hex wrench).
6. Remove hub bolts (3) and tap out the hub.
7. Disconnect the upper control arm from the ball joint.
8. Disconnect the outer tie rod.
(half axle just prior to removal)
9. remove stabilizer link.
10. Disconnect the shock clevis bolt from lower control arm (the fork on the shock.
11. At this point take a crow bar etc for leverage and pop out the half-axle from the front differential.
12. Maneuver the shock clevis away from the axle and slide the axle out.
(old half axle-Can you guess where the pinpoint hole is? lol)
View of the front dif splines (and my pry bar)
1. Slide the new axle in, bringing it under the shock clevis. Engage it into the differential turning it a bit with constant pressure until it pops in. It shouldn't rotate when engaged. Remember to use a little axle grease on both ends.
2. Install shock clevis bolt (125 ft-lb)
3. Install upper control arm to ball joint (55)
4. Install tie rod end (35)
5. Install stabilizer link (100 upper, 85 lower)
6. Install half shaft hub (and brake shield) gradually tightening the 3 bolts to 100.
7. Install hub nut (100).
8. Install wheel speed sensor.
9. Install rotor and caliper (125)
10. Install wheel (95)
I recommend wheel alignment afterward. In addition consider suspension upgrades such as shocks,springs, sway bar and stabilizer link while you've got your rig in pieces.