I'm trying to keep my stupid mouth shut but I can't: I would not do what you are planning to do.
I took my SC out the first time without removing the clam. It was a PITA. And the chances of damaging the clam and your back (spine) are too high in my view.
I learned to remove the clam and now I take it off to change the air filter (well, I only change the air filter when I take the clam off, which is 5-6 times a year). I cannot say enough about how soooo much easier everything is to do when the clam is off. This is a mandatory move if you track the car more than once a year or do any maintenance beyond oil change (in my opinion).
Now, I have to admit that Eric Gauthier at Suspension Performance tweaked my connectors so that I have a few less bolts to look for, and I have no heat shields, and I more recently moved my battery to the A/C heater compartment, etc, etc, so I can get the clam off in 15 minutes or so, but even stock, it is not more than an hour's work with practice.
Either way, if you are into rebuilding your SC, you should be able to take off your clam as fast as you remove your roof.
I rest my case.