If the splines on the spacer are not lined up with the splines on the side gear wouldn't that also be a hang up when reinserting the shaft?

99 Montero....15mpg! Sold (so sad)
02 Jetta TDI....48mpg!
03 2500 Ram QCLB Cummins....18mpg
02 2500 Yukon XL, We out grew the montero, at least it has one locker.....13mpg (sold)
01 montero limited