the first picture is looking forward along the shaft to the connection at the steering box. this bolt will also be facing down when you turn the wheel. Again we found that to be easier. Before seperating the shaft from either end make sure you have marked them so that you can match up the new shaft and ensure proper alignment. I used the wife's nail polish made to dots at both ends.
the second picture is of the bracket mounting bolts. These thread in and do not have backing nuts. I think it was 15mm. there is only 2 of them as well.
once all the bolts are loose have fun getting the shaft out.
we tried to pry open the clamp with a flat head while pulling on it and hitting it with a hammer. once we had enough room between the steering gear and the clamp we used a pair of pliers stuck the handle in between and put a hollow bar on the pliers and used it to wedge off the shaft...like a pitman arm separator.
reverse install..... hope I got the major stuff...studying for midterms.
last pics is just showing the upper and lower steering shafts.
This was my first attempt at replacing a steering shaft and very happy with the results. Saved $200
Toward shocks maybe?
Not really a write up but hope it helps those who need it.