A proper splitter and a press will get anything off. I broke a puller trying to get a timing sprocket off (and tore up a tooth on the sprocket). Took it to the shop where they have a press. Bink. Came right off with no fuss. Pushing is better than pulling...
But yes, that means taking the crank out of the motor.
1974 R90/6 w/1050 kit. Motor only. Seeking a frame.
'91 Bill Holland Steel w/Dura Ace[/SIZE]
'01 Z3 3.0 Coupe. The Clownshoe.