Are you saying you're going to get a new rack from Toyota? I would just replace that inner tie rod if I were you, inexpensive and pretty easy.It just ticked over 368,000 miles.
Was out this past Monday scouting camping spots in the back country for a trip coming up
Just put a new steering rack in (well reman)....took it in to get aligned and there is play on the inner tierod...damn it! Ripping that back out next week and buying a brandy new one from Toyota. What is that saying about crying once and all???
Where did you take those pictures? That looks great!