Back on this site after a number of years overseas, and seems I now own a fixer upper!
Long story short: the boots of the rack and pinion are noticeably greasy (looks like grease coming from inside, possibly the ball and socket?), and both outer tie rods are shot. Everything is still mechanically solid and not making noise (and despite the fact that I gave them beer to help me avoid spending a bunch of $$ on this) my friends are telling me to get ahead of this maintenance. I have 109k miles on my 2006 z71 2wd.
I measured the outer tie rod thread diameter as 14mm, so I have deduced that this means I need to get the rack and pinion that matches. I was wondering if it would be a good idea, or even possible, to upgrade the rack and pinion, and the matching tie rods without modification. Do the different rack and pinion assemblies attach differently? I have read there is some 16mm and 18mm versions? Thanks in advance for the help!
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