so i decided to tackle this today, the drivers side has been loose sense spring, the passenger side just got loose after the trip to atlanta (mi) last month. over the summer the drivers side got very loose!
anyway, start with removing the skid plate and outer tie rods, i just replaced those early summer with spicer parts, the moogs didnt last long!
next remove the fluid cooler and lines from the rack
next remobe the bolt that holds the steering shaft to the rack, note do not rotate the steering shaft or damage to the clock spring may result.
next remove the bolts that hold the rack to the frame
this is where it gets tricky, you will need to remove the bushings and metal sleeves, michigan winters are not nice.
i had to clean the corrosion out of the holes.
next push and twist the rack towards the passenger side enough to get the rack out through the front. sorry i dont have any pics i was doing this alone.
now that the rack is out clamp it in a vice and remove the boot clamps and boots, be carefull to not damage the clamps, you will need to either reuse them or replace them, do NOT use zip ties!
now the inner tie rod is exposed, use the special tool and remove them.
next get your new spicer inner tie rods ready
they come with loc-tite and grease
loc-tite the threads and install the inner tie rods, torque them to 70 ftlbs
now reinstall the boots
now reinstall the rack in the truck
use a new cotter pin dummy!
next refill the pump with merc V and bleed the system.
next get an alignment.
yeah yeah i see my left camber is borderline. but its still green (in spec)
now finally test drive your truck and enjoy your straight steering wheel for the first time in 8 months!
and sorry for the poor pics. camera phone was acting gay
recap, this is not an easy job. it took me a better part of 4 hours total and i am a pro and had a lift at my disposal.