Ron, its an -2,
MJ, the carrier canot be removed with the bearings in place, at least that is what i have been told, and i have tried, it will not clear the case.
There is a factory tool designed to pull the bearing while still in the trans, i am well aware of how to do the job, being an ase master tech for 26 years, Ive done lots of ring and pinon set ups.
i appreciate the info you gave, but heating with a torch in the case is not an option, and with only a .0015-.002” interference fit, the bearing will be easy enough to remove, i know there are kits available, i just dont want to spend 1k on a kit if there is another option out there.
as a last resort i will be cutting off the bearing cage (i will then Have the clerance to remove the carrier) then use a bearing seperator to pull the inner races.
I will use a bearing heater to install the new ones with the carrier inside its housing.