yes i have done it. undo the axle nut then undo struts and caliper. Turn the steering to full lock. Next push down on the spindle and control arm, it might take a bit of fiddling but it will come out..
I did not have to turn mine to full lock to do it. Didn't need to remove caliper either. Remove axel nut, and two strut bolts. Tap out the roll pin at the trans and pull the spindle towards you, that will pull it off trans than you can pull the axel out the back of the hub. At least I was able to do it that way on both my fronts.
This works if you take out the 2 bolts holding the strut to the knuckle. Not the 3 holding the strut to the frame.I just took the strut assembly out so it wasn't in the way, removed the axle nut and twisted the hub out of the way. Axle comes out with a little wiggling
This doesn't work without an actual ball joint tool/puller/etc.I prefer to take the bottom ball joint castle nut off then pop the tapered stud out of the lower control arm with the cheap harbor-freight press. No re-alignment required, and no fears about breaking the pinch bolt.