My parts arrived yesterday! Woohoo! Well, let's tone that down to yay. I was hoping to complete the job today, but a few complications have occurred.
First, I was just wiping down the area beneath the CV before starting when the paper towel caught a raised corner of the plastic locking plate. SNAP!
This thing is crumbly and extremely brittle. Since it has the VW logo molded in, I assume it's the original. Ugh. The local foreign auto parts store can get me one, but it will be a few days.
Some good news: i can report that the super wide seals CAN be removed, as that is what was installed. It has DPM GERMANY molded in the rubber, so I was a little sad to destroy it. The new one from CIP1 is the same width, and is made by NAK which is a respected Taiwanese OE seal supplier.
I think I found the cause of the leak. The drive flange has a really deep wear groove from the seal lip. It's still quite deep even after chucking it up to my drill press and working on it with emery cloth for quite a long while. So, I have a "rebuilt" one of those on order too.
I've installed the new seal and will finish the rest when the additional parts arrive.
Does this installation look OK? The 46mm socket would only get me so far and I finished it off with a wood dowel working my way around the circumference.