Interesting thread. I'm doing this same job, today, on my Europa G500, that has 260,000 miles on it. It had previously never had any maintenance of any kind on the front axle, other than diff fluid changes, and one set of brake rotors and pads. So, I was expecting a lot of worn parts. Clearly though, that is not the case, other than the CV boot and outer wiper seal.
Anyway, I do have a couple of comments so far, and the first one is the special tools that are required. I'll just start a list, and come back and edit it:
1. Hub nut socket MB #
2. CV Joint special circlip pliers, MB # 000 589 52 37 00
3. Homemade CV Boot clamp compressor, made from standard hose clamps