Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Northwest Arkansas
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Just a quick update, and thanks to all for your comments and suggestions.
Cactus, to answer you specific question - yes, I did buy it new. I also bought a four year extended warranty. That warranty expired almost one month to the day PRIOR to my rack and pinion giving out. Figures.
Since some of the rack teeth were sheered off and I ride a lot of rough trails pretty far from road access (scenery touring, not pushing - but stuff happens), I decided to go with the heftier Wicked Bilt Rackzilla instead of OEM. I was told that its tie rod lengths are same as the OEM parts, so I will have some spare parts hanging around from the OEM steering system I removed.
It is supposed to arrive this afternoon, so I will post how it looks and installs sometime this weekend.