Yes. I drive mine all across the U.S.without it and put in on when its time to wheel.
Ive had a weard rattle bearing noise for a while that was intermittent and once I would stop the jeep it would stop and not start back up for a while.
Similar to your old place!
Don't scrap these!!! I'm half tempted to drive out and get them if it weren't for Obama's gas prices (like how I got political for no damn reason at all?)!
Can you drive without a front driveshaft?