I never tried this way. Maybe you can take some pics for us. You don't have to remove anything when going underneath. There is a splash guard but it's not really in the way. Read my howto on the oil change and you can see there is enough room to get the filter in and out. You will want to put a shop rag on the guard because some oil might drip onto it.
205,125 miles when she was given away
35 mpg last tank
̶w̶a̶i̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶d̶i̶e̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶I̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶b̶u̶y̶ ̶a̶ ̶t̶r̶u̶c̶k̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶s̶h̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶d̶i̶e̶ She didn't die but I bought the truck anyway!!