Yes, I removed them while installing my plow control. I just used a pair of pliers and grabbed one end and worked them out. Then pushed them back in to install. I'd recommend unhooking the little cable first and not after you take out the pins. Definitely makes it easier to work in there.
I've had mine out at least a half dozen times now. I tap them out with a hammer and a small bolt.
Make sure to tap it from the non-splined side, so you are not pushing the splines all of the way through the hinge.
Then when you put them back in they'll still be tight.
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