Yep, after I tried this with a pipe nipple (was too long to go in my vice) I put a nut on it and started hammering. Was NOT good on the stud. It trashed the nut and I had to run a die up on the threads to clean them up. I just got a press from vatozone and will see if that works any better. I didn't have the right sized socket or I would have gone that route.driving the old joint out is no big deal, but DO NOT try to drive the new ball joint in by the treaded stud. It will shorten the life of the joint thats if it doesn't break or send the stud through the back side of the new joint.