For clarity, I was speaking of the separating of the housing that is the lower unit and the housing that "extends" the outboard
from the engine
part down to that lower unit.
There is only one area that comes apart if you are just taking the lower unit off.
If you can take a photo
or two, and describe what you are having trouble with, pointing out where you are trying to separate it and what bolts you removed, I would be glad to help out.
Also, I don' t know if you have it, but if you can locate the shop/service manual for your outboard
, it will walk you though a lot of this stuff, giving hints, etc...