Decided to go ahead and pull the swing arm. If left neglected the bearing pins WILL seize. Got to mine in time. They came right out with no prying, banging, hammering. There was a few drops of water in the one bearing.
Anyone who has worked as a bicycle mechanic for any length of time knows how gratifying it is to scrape the gunk off of a derailleur pulley. This is no different.
I took an entire day to sand the coating off the sidewalls of my rim to expose the bare aluminum. Looks much better than a bunch of scratches from mounting tires.