Borrow a slide hammer from any of the auto parts stores, and buy the OEM brand fork accessory, which is made for grabbing the tripod. I will post more detgails later, as well as part number of the fork, and some tips on using the slide hammer.
EDIT: OEM part number is 27058: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...dentifier=2061
I believe AZ is the only parts chain that stocks it.
The tips I was going to offer:
(1) Keep your fingers away from the stop-bump on the slide hammer shaft. If you don't you could end up loosing a big chunk of meat from a finger if it gets between the buimp and the slide weight when it hits. I caught my finger there, but was very lucky that I was just doing a half-assed paractice slide - it bruised the muscle in that finger. If it had been a full-force slide, it would have been a trip to the emergency room and possible permanently disabled finger (from that entire muscle being severed).
(2) The key to getting max. impact into the axle from the slide hammer is to get it as parallel as possible to the axle, as well as getting full slide stroke. The sway bar end link interfered with doing that. I disconnected the upper end of the end link to let it hang down, and that got it out of the way - so I was able to get a full slide stroke and close to being perfectly parallel to the axle. That made all the difference in the world in being able to knock the axle off of the tranny stub - still took 3 or so full effort hits to do it. I will warn you that some axles are more stubborn than others, and there have been instances where even a slide hammer couldn't get it (rust belt) - but if anything can get it, a slide hammer will.