Removed, no. Out of the way yes. I do not usually take the exhaust out, but it is no big deal. The driveshaft repair work you have described should not take any more than 2.5 hours. Be aware that if the center support bearing and the hardy disc need repair then the driveshaft needs to be evaluated for re-use and at this time you may wish to have the driveshaft rebuilt or replaced with a brand new unit. Go to Realoem. Com for pricing and availability. Keep in touch mate and let me know what the outcome is.