Touareg: 2008 V8
Join Date: Jan 2016
Second Vehicle: Other
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I followed the FSM, not super hard. Should be able to do it in a day if you're taking your time. Helps to have a second person to handle one end of the rack/guide the tie rods through.
Basically, disconnect the lines, remove both wheels, disconnect the outer tie rod ends, unbolt the rack and fish it out. I think the FSM indicates the subframe bolts or something else needs to be loosened and dropped a bit to remove the rack, but there is enough room to get it out and in without doing that. You'll likely end up marking the hardlines on the rack itself up a bit, so the FSM says to make any repairs to the paint as needed.
Make sure you have a good set of flare wrenches for the PS lines (stubby ones are preferable), since there's not a lot of room to work and you're mostly working from underneath.
Easier if you have access to a lift but not totally necessary. Took me about 4 hours to get the old one out (figure in some time farting around with the tie rod ends/nuts), and another 2-3 to get the new one in, all on the ground.