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Old 04-20-2012, 12:17 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by m5ccie View Post
This is great Scott,

When you remove the rack and pinion, do you actually disconnect the hydraulic hoses, remove the tie rod ends, etc, and completely remove the rack? Or do you just remove the rack mounts and there's enough room to move the rack and pinion out of the way without the need to disconnect everything else?

Also, when you remove the crossbar with the old control arms on it, how do you remove the old inner ball joints, especially if there are rusted and stuck?

Jim, no, you do not have to disconnect hoses, tie rods ends, etc. All you have to do is unbolt the steering rack from the subframe and let it hang there! Two bolts! Easy!

As far as removing the inner ball joint studs from the subframe ("crossbar" in your message)....with the subframe completely out of the car and out in the open, remove the inner ball joint nuts and smack the threaded end of the ball joint studs with a hammer. They will come out, rusty or not. DO NOT USE A PICKLE FORK!

Of course, you have to hold the subframe off the floor/ground/bench so the studs have room to travel out through the holes in the subframe. Understand?

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Last edited by SLO Town; 04-20-2012 at 12:22 AM. Reason: Clarification
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