Thanks for the responses guys. After reading them I decided I'd get the puller and have it on hand if the hammer didn't work. There really was no room for the puller so I just ended up smacking it a few times. Popped out after about 15 good hard whacks.
The reason I'm replacing it is because of the TRE at the passenger side knuckle. It was moving and making all kinds of clunks. I didn't like my wife driving it like that so I went and got a new rod end from AutoZone but I couldn't get the old end to budge. I've had this new rod end for over a month and I've tried a couple times a week. So I said screw this and hopped on Craigslist. I found someone selling a complete WJ steering system for $50. I got just the drag link for $20 so, score!
This one came apart nice and easy so I disassembled it, cleaned it, and smeared antiseize all over the threads of the rod ends(I used the new passenger side rod end)and made it the same length as my old one. The steering wheel was off a little but a few twists of the drag link and I'm nice and center. It actually went A LOT smoother than I anticipated. Now I'll feel comfortable driving to Arizona Friday morning.
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WyoTech West Sacramento - Graduated 8/19/2011
Back into my Jeep... finally.