You do have to remove center member with front roll stopper and the mount attached the the firewall and metal bracket attached to the transmission.
Removing the exhaust was easier than expected.Front of engine then rear then at the second connection past the flex pipe.I wanted the hanger to keep supporting the section being removed. Also I did not want to chance ruining a bolt. One connection had bolts.Replacing a bad or stripped nut is a lot easier.Put a bottle jack under the front of the trans pan using a block of wood for protection.Slowly apply pressure tilting the engine toward the rear until it is as far as it will easily go.This is the whole KEY. REMOVE THE left tie rod end. Counting the turns as is always done when removing any tie rod end.Turn the rack counter clockwise making the left tie rod as short as possible.Slide the rack assembly as far to the right as possible wiggling here and there. You have clearance now to pull the left tie rod down toward the ground and sliding the whole assembly out very easily angled down to the left.
Be sure to center and mark the new rack center at the steering shaft. It helps measure the left tie rod length just to help in re-centering.After installing and centering using your reference mark check the left tire rod length and you will see if you are at the center point.It is a lot easier to mark reference points out of the car and resetting center after installing.
Last edited by elcue; 09-05-2016 at 11:28 AM.
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