Chainsaw, talked with my mech/builder and he advised that the pinion shaft had to have less than 3/100ths runout to run the gears and I'm thinkin that with the nearly 30,000 on mine, that probably isn't going to be the case. That's the whole reason for going the replacement route; but, thanks anyways!
Doc, thanks for the heads up! I've got the shop manual, now to get my hands on the tools necessary for the job. May just pull the trigger and get the ones I need. Can't have too many tools in the ol box can Ya? I've got lots of them for the dearly departed Shovel.
Then: '81 Tourglide
Now: '04 RG, Stage 1, Smoothed and Chromed Factory Wheels, Chromed Fork Lowers, Polished Rotors, and she's aching for a 95", a Power Commander and another gear.