I was going to say make absolutely sure all of the snap ring is removed. Had the tips of them break off and hold things up. As for joint removal I use the vise and hammer method pictured. Hammer of choice is a 40oz dead blow ball peen. Most other methods run risk of pinching the yoke.
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I see how it's done when you have half of it out. Thank you.
How should you place the joint to remove it while you still have it connected with all 4 lobes?
It's the same, just place the yoke ears on the vise edges.
Tip #1: elevate the long shaft end on wood blocks
Tip #2: start by removing the joint from the stub end first
Tip #3: don't be scared. Beat the living hell out of it.
I start with taking the caps out if the inner first as it gives me more control to not hit the flinger/abs ring on the outer. Sometimes with tougher shafts and extra pair of hands makes a big difference.