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DIY: Rack Pinion Remove and Replace?

Has anyone done one of these? I did a search for a few different terms and came up with nothing so I was wondering if someone would like a DIY for this? I'll be doing mine this weekend with a friend so I might be able to get pictures for y'all!
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I couldn't find a how-to. Sooner or later someone will need it, go for it

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Gotta do this soon myself. I'm looking forward to having a read through!

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I swear I'm getting on it, but we are in the middle of inventory (should be finished by Friday the 21st of Dec.). I'll have a write-up done and posted before the end of the month!

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Plan on dropping the front diff unless you are a masochist.
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Started the Re and Re of the rack and pinion on my personal '07 xterra off-road at my shop today. Was hoping after removing the rock guards, disconnecting the tie rod ends off the steering knuckles. Disconnecting the pitch bolt and splined steer shaft from the steer gear input shaft, dropping the sway bar to gain acces to the rack and pinion mounting bolts with my impact on the front cross member I would be able to persuade the unit out from pulling it out towards the drivers side or passengers side.

Can't be done.


Front drive shaft needs to be marked and unbolted (diff end) and moved aside. Front Diff needs to be supported, unbolted and persuaded down and back to give you enough room to remove said steer gear 😞

Ill be doing this tomorrow with out disconnecting the C/V joints from the Hub bearings. If my theory is correct that should give me enough room to remove and install the new rack and pinion.

Mind you I'm using a professional shop hoist and transmission jack to support the front diff giving me confidence that I might not need to remove the CV to hub bearings making you able to remove the entire front diff right out the way.

Results will be published if I don't forget (as I'm new to this forum stuff) will be shared tomorrow.

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Started the Re and Re of the rack and pinion on my personal '07 xterra off-road at my shop today. Was hoping after removing the rock guards, disconnecting the tie rod ends off the steering knuckles. Disconnecting the pitch bolt and splined steer shaft from the steer gear input shaft, dropping the sway bar to gain acces to the rack and pinion mounting bolts with my impact on the front cross member I would be able to persuade the unit out from pulling it out towards the drivers side or passengers side.

Can't be done.


Front drive shaft needs to be marked and unbolted (diff end) and moved aside. Front Diff needs to be supported, unbolted and persuaded down and back to give you enough room to remove said steer gear 😞

Ill be doing this tomorrow with out disconnecting the C/V joints from the Hub bearings. If my theory is correct that should give me enough room to remove and install the new rack and pinion.

Mind you I'm using a professional shop hoist and transmission jack to support the front diff giving me confidence that I might not need to remove the CV to hub bearings making you able to remove the entire front diff right out the way.

Results will be published if I don't forget (as I'm new to this forum stuff) will be shared tomorrow.

All the best.
Interested to hear if that works. Thanks.

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Update on the rack and pinion replacement job.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to remove the front differential.

My theory did eventually work only after lifting the engine about 3cm along with manipulating the front diff down and back a few centimeters. .

Jobs done but like I said do yourself a favor and take the time to remove the front diff before your tackle the rack and pinion.

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Sorry about the delay ladies and gentlemen but my truck was used as a barrier over the holidays while I was out of the city. I've been getting that dealt with for the last while. Total damage looks to be near $5000 and that's going to be covered by my insurance. I might post pictures.... I'm just too depressed to think about doing that right now.

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