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hello, once pich bolt is out, it can betricky sliding the coupling off the rack shaft. We use a long prybar and while turning the steering slightly in both directions, pry up on the coupling at a couple spots till it slides off. the problem is it wnats to cock to one side and makes it hard to slide off. Another trcik it to begin loosening the sub frame bolts. If you loosen one at a time slowly, say about 1 inch, the frame and rack will drop down enough to help get coupler off. the frame bolts are long so you can drop frame with no harm about 1 inch. You may want to pull one out first to see how much you ahve to work with. the frame will be ok with one bolt loosened or removed
Thanks - that helps. I just wondered if I could get clarification on one part of your answer - the last line "the frame will be ok with one bolt loosened or removed."
By that did you mean that if I have the top pinch bolt removed and the coupling disconnected from the steering shaft that it should be OK to lower the left side of the frame (to get to the trans sidecover)? Or do I need to get the coupling off of the rack shaft?