The axles are not held in with C-Clips on a 9" or 8". They are held in by bearing retainer plates at the axle housing ends and you will see the cap screws through the access hole in the axle flange.
I think this is what you are asking. The pinion flange is held on by the retaining nut. Use a steering wheel or harmonic balancer remover to slide it off the pinion gear.
[ April 03, 2003: Message edited by: KULTULZ ]</p>