a few hits with a 5lb dead blow and the lower ball joint should come right out. its a waste of time pressing it out. There's no reason to not use a BFH to get it out, that LCA won't even be phased unless your aim sucks and you miss hitting the ball joint repeatedly
getting it back in however, yes requires it to be pressed in.
and if you want to save yourself even more time, pull the whole knuckle off with the axle and you'll have tons of space. This was on one of my old rangers but the same applied to my 2004 i currently have when I did replaced everything a couple of months ago.
2004 Vermillion Red 4.0 4x4
3" Body Lift
2" Tuff Country AAL
33x12.5R15 BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2 on 15x10 Mickey Thompson Sidebiter II
& lots more