This is correct. You would be perfectly fine to drive on a 4wd hub of this style without the cv shaft in the hub. I work for a manufacturer of hub bearings, we are actually owned by the same overall company that owns Timken. This style of hub bearing is self-contained. The inner shaft is...
'90 Hardbody SE-V6 5sp. 4x4 418,000! All original drivetrain! has been hydro-locked once.
parts replaced due to wear or breakage;
replaced syncro's several years back
one cv axle
2 fuel injecter.
center driveshaft bearing
driver side motor mount (replaced with HD mount)
This is my first post on this website, been lurking around for a while. Mainly looking around to see if anybody was running a hardbody for expedition wheeling. Mine is currently set up more for trail wheeling from a base camp, but i would love to set it up to do some expedition wheeling...