it does not use C clips.
It has a clip of some type that stays on the CV shaft that allows to clip in the diff.
you know you can drop the diff without disassemble of the whole front end right? i have discussed it several times in several threads but i can do it again.
first jack the truck up and pull both tires.
un bolt the bottom of the shocks on both sides.
on the passenger side you need to take the caliper loose.
both sides pop the upper ball joint loose.
pop the CVs loose from the diff. put a pry bar or screw driver inbetween the diff and the CV they will pop loose when you pry them. (you dont need to loosen them from the hub. you can leave them in place.
the passenger side CV will slide all the way out and you can swing that out of your way. for it to slide out you need to disconnect that intermediate(short) shaft from the CV.
unbolt the driveshaft from the yoke
now unbolt the diff from the 3 locations on the frame
you will have to bench press the diff and move it around while the other person slides the drivers side CV out of the diff. now you can swing the diff out and change the gears.
remember put everything back in the way it came out same direction and all.
i heard you can freeze the inner bearing race which will allow the bearing to slide on the new diff without the press. thing is the shims go on the inside of the bearing so you might end up pulling the bearings on and off several times until it is set right.
here are some pics.
2003 Ford Ranger Lincoln Powered 5.4L DOHC, 42s, COs, D60s, 203/205, 4points, caged, full hydro, 3link front and 4 link rear.
1998 f150 bone stock baby hauler...