Definitive steering rack bushing replacement guide?

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  1. oblivionnewtonjohn

    oblivionnewtonjohn Full Access Member

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    I came across quite a few threads here and on Lost Jeeps, what's the consensus? Who's got the best method?
     
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    I took out the two rack bolts and that let me raise it enough to push the bad bushing out with my fingers. Stuff in bushing and put the 2 bolts back in.
     
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    This bushing? You were able to push it out and fir it back in without balljoint press?



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    Yes. No press used. It was all mushy from oil exposure. Popped it out with my thumb. New one went almost as easy.
     
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    fingers crossed it's that easy for me, thanks for the reply.
     
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    Did you have to pop the tie rod ends out of the knuckle to get it up enough?
     
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    No. :)
     
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    I need to do this as well.. my left bushing has been shot for a LONG time.. pretty sure that's what's causing a click/clunk noise in the steering since I got the thing in 2009.
     
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    What is the best bushing brand /type to use here?
    Surprisingly looks like my passenger side is failing first. But the driver side is soft feeling too....
     
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    Not Moog, I know that much.
     
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    And we clearly see napa 274-9236 listed above.
    Any poly choices?