I should add, while I left the bevel gear in place, the rear gear was removed which made it easier to manipulate the shaft (was doing rear tire and spline lube at the same time).
At the time my thinking was, one less gasket, and to remove the least amount of parts as possible. The carbs, cables, exhaust manifolds, etc. Also had an extra pair of hands when the engine went back in place. Did it twice in two days!