Eh, I'm doing okay. I found the bright side: I didn't bring up the stuff to install a fill/inspection hole in the top of the housing. Now I can put that in. I also brought the axles back down so I can replace the bearings. Also good.
My main disappointment is that a part that is barely a year old can get this screwed up.
Lesson learned: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS put a good coating of antisieze on anything that sees road salt. Always.
Baby Beast 2- 1999 4Runner SR5
Baby Beast -1987 4Runner SR5-Gone, but not forgotten