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It is apparent you are not familiar with the vehicle in question. The front joint on the propeller shaft does not have needle bearings. This joint is similar to a cv joint with 6 ball bearings. By the way I have 20 years automotive experiance, the only problem is I have never encountered a joint like this one.
This is not a typical u joint with needle bearings. This joint has 6 round bearing set up more like a typical cv joint. The ball bearings have a cage on the outside and a star type center that the driveshaft goes into. The bearings piviot in opposite directions on assy. I do believe Honda uses a similar joint on at least 1 of thier suvs. The differantial requires dissasembly to remove the bell portion of the joint and I cannod believe this joint cannot go back together in the vehicle.
The only way to get the drive shaft out is to disassemble it as I said to take the cup part of the joint out you have to disassemble the front differential which I did not do.
Is this what you have?