I'd do it from the top, that's how I pulled mine when I was replacing my clutch in my '93 XE this past spring. It takes longer just to get to the starter than it does to remove it. Might I suggest that before you put your replacement starter in, pull the housing apart and grease the shit out of the gear. Both my '93's had/have starter squeal and I've heard this is the only way to fix it. So you might as well buy yourself some time and do it now while the replacement starter is out of the car.