Thanks for the input. I actually already removed it yesterday (Sunday). It was exactly as you said. Once I figured out that it was a hex key (didn't have your response yet), I went a bought a 6mm hex socket and used my air ratchet. Not quite "easy-peasy", but not bad. I think my biggest mistake was not raising the car higher. When, and if, I buy a replacement, I will jack it up to the max height I can go.
So now I either have to get a replacement shaft, or peel off the "XC AWD" lettering.