I totally agree. In addition to that, your axle bearing is taking all the pounding, and it's not good for the bearing.roadracer said:I wouldn't pound it out of there while it's still in the car.
Pull the axle and set it up where the flange is supported with a large socket in the vicinity behind the stud.
If you don't do this, you can warp the flange and all of a sudden have a vibration you don't want.
This has been mentioned before and a couple people very strongly cautioned against doing this. They experienced lug failures due to the studs being overstressed from tightening the nut so much to pull it into the flange. My suggestion is if you're going to remove the axle from the car just take it to a shop to have the stud pressed out and the new one properly pressed in. If you want to try it yourself you might be able make a ball joint press do the job (looks like a giant C-clamp, and can be rented cheaply).When installing the new one, set it into place on the backside and then use an open lug nut to "pull" the new stud into the axle flange.
If you torque your weels to well over 150 foot lbs., I agreemalarson said:Gotta agree with Dave here, there aren't any more "stresses" being applied to the stud than when you tighten it with a wheel on....done this many times with no problems. Of course, if you have unlimited free time......