You mean you got a pickle fork?
Or a tool like this?
I don't see how that will work on our cars, but this one might.
I still think a pickle fork is the way to go. Any style of tool that presses the ball joint out is fine if you don't want to reuse the ball joint; the press out style of tool will damage
the ball joint by mis-shaping the socket or blow the ball out the end. At least that has been my experience.
I just looked at my car and I don't see any problem with using a pickle fork. I may be misunderstanding your goal.
And I just read through the thread again to figure out what you are trying to do, sounds like you want to take the spindle off. A pickle fork won't necessarily damage the ball joint, but it usually shreds the rubber boot on it. Boots are cheap and easier to replace than a ball joint.