I'll try to post some pix tomorrow, but I finally was able to extract the front axle from my 955(without breaking off the power steering hoses!).
Opening up the right front final drive housing I discovered that the short bearing hub had sheared right off the housing, so the large bevel final drive gear was pretty chewed up and the oil was full of pieces of metal. So this means at least $1000 for a new housing (AM876643) and seals, gaskets and bearings. (just the parts)
Can't wait to open the other side! Yikes! Are there any parting out 955 owners?