Hey, you know what?? You were right about not needing a pickle fork. It was crazy how easy they were to get out. Just fell out of the upper ball joint and two wacks later, the lower ball joints let go too. I am seriously surprised it was that easy. Never had good luck like that with ball joints before. "Makes me just wanna do them all the time now".. not really, but you get the idea.
On a side not though I was putting on seals for the front diff (driver, passenger and flange) and had a little hickup.. to seat the seals, I was using a ramaken, like the little thing you get ketchup in at a restaurant. It worked for the driver side seal, but the passenger side was being a pain. I had it completely out of the truck and proped up on the ground while I was inserting the seals. I let my buddy "take a wack at it" and it shattered into a pieces all inside the passenger side axle extension tube..
I hope the front diff isn't trash now. I flushed it out with 80-90 that I had and got the majority of the littl epieces out and then ran a bor punch through it with a coat hanger and some paper towel that was soaked with 80-90 as well to get the rest of the pieces out. In a pinch it worked out but I am afraid now that what I didn't get out will mess up the insides somehow.
Guess I'll have to get a spare and see what happens. I am just hoping it gets me through the winter.