Just a side note about the washer and clip....
You do not have to use the thick washer at all, unless for some reason you have lots of room. As you know, this is not often the case but they send one anyway. If there is little or no room left on the shaft, I have installed the c-clip with the thinnest washer I have, even it it's from the old kit. It really does get easier the 2nd or third time you do this.
The absolute easiest way to do the thrust bearing is to remove the 6 springs, tub hoses & airline, disconnect the belt, then lift the whole assembly, tub and all, out onto the floor and turn it upside down. All the parts are easy to replace from this angle, and no nuts are needed
As long as you have the spring tool handy this only takes about 20 minutes.