They're not always so easy
Just finished getting mine out this weekend. I didn't have a strut pro and didn't want to drop $300. I looked at the video and the Strut Pro seemed a pretty straight forward tool, so I fabricated a tool using some doubled up aluminum plate I had laying around and some 3/8ths all thread. Cranked down on it and the plate just bent. The cutlass bearing didn't move.
Now those videos on YouTube show the bearing cranking right out so I remade the tool using some 1/4 inch steel plate I had in the shop. The steel plate bent, the bearing didn't move
OK, so I doubled up the steel plate and cranked it down and the bolts snapped! Still NO movement on the bearing.
So I undo the dripless shaft seal, undo the retaining colar, unbolt the shaft flange from the transmission, pull the shaft flange - all while bent into a pretzel behind the engine. Then pull the shaft - did I mention the previous owner had primed and bottom painted the shaft - then repainted over barnacles? So to get the shaft though the old bearing required hand sanding the length of the shaft.
Once the shaft was out the fun really began. I started by trying to knock the bearing through with a drift. No luck.
Then I scored the bearing with a hacksaw blade and tried to peel it back with a chisel. Still not moving. So I made three cuts into the bearing with a sawzall and then started peeling it out with a couple of different sized chisels. Turns out someone had epoxied the bearing into the strut.
Next weekend I get to clean try and sand the epoxy out of the inside
of the strut and install the new bearing and put everything back together.
Did I mention that I hate boats?