Steering rack - rebuild?

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So my steering rack in leaking a little bit, but not from the tie rod ends, it appears to be leaking from around the input shaft. I know my poly rack bushings also need to be refreshed.

However, there is nothing wrong with the rack itself. Has anyone actually done a rebuild (basically, reseal) on a 100 rack? Is it a false economy to take it out and not just replace it with a new one? It is an A1 Cardone reman, about 4 years old (when they were still good!), and the truck is lifted 2.5". I'd rather spend put the $600 for a new OEM rack towards a rear locker, but figured I'd throw this out there for discussion.

Note - labor is not a consideration - I do my own work.

Thanks!
 
I replaced mine a few months ago and this is the conclusion I came to. I considered the options carefully because this is not a job I want to have to do again in six months. The rebuild kits work sometimes if the metal parts aren't too far out of spec. Usually it's a temporary fix though. Yours being an already remanned one though I wouldn't recommend it. The aftermarket ones also don't seem to last very long, at least when compared to a new toyota one. Then you have the new toyota ones. The cheapest one I found for mine was about $650. I didn't want to spend that much on a truck with 450k miles. I opted to go with a factory toyota rebuilt unit. Yes, it's remanned but I would like to think that a factory toyota part was remanned to a higher standard than ones you would get elsewhere. It was also about half the price of a new one.
 
I opted to go with a factory toyota rebuilt unit. Yes, it's remanned but I would like to think that a factory toyota part was remanned to a higher standard than ones you would get elsewhere.
If it’s anything like Toyota’s remanned CV axles then it’s probably an aftermarket rebuilt unit put in a Toyota box.
 
If it’s anything like Toyota’s remanned CV axles then it’s probably an aftermarket rebuilt unit put in a Toyota box.
Only time will tell I guess. Most people seem to have pretty good luck with them.
 
You can buy a reman rack from Toyota for $300 + 150 core. I did it. I replaced the bushings with polyurethane and it works great.
 
You can buy a reman rack from Toyota for $300 + 150 core. I did it. I replaced the bushings with polyurethane and it works great.
For the extra $300, I'd prefer new, since my truck is lifted and I wheel it. The Toyota remans are probably fantastic, but I don't want to chance having to re-do the rack every 3-4 years. This one only has maybe 40k miles on it? Just personal choice. I want to install it and forget about it for a decade. As for the poly bushings, mine were Whiteline, and they are shot. They are too stiff for my taste. Great feel on the road, but need a bit more compliance on the trail, which is what ate them up. Going back to factory rubber.
 
For the extra $300, I'd prefer new, since my truck is lifted and I wheel it. The Toyota remans are probably fantastic, but I don't want to chance having to re-do the rack every 3-4 years. This one only has maybe 40k miles on it? Just personal choice. I want to install it and forget about it for a decade. As for the poly bushings, mine were Whiteline, and they are shot. They are too stiff for my taste. Great feel on the road, but need a bit more compliance on the trail, which is what ate them up. Going back to factory rubber.
I wholeheartedly agree with everything you stated, from the rack decision to the preference for Toyota rubber bushings.
 

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