Just finished my 2000 Durango 4x4 front end, production dates of this year vehicle make a difference on some of the parts, like half axles. Thought I would pass on some parts link info while I'm here. Enjoyed looking at your work, wish I had thought to document mine... Detroit Axle - Brand New Complete 6-Piece Front Suspension Kit Dodge Dakota & Durango 4WD/4x4- 10-Year Warranty- All (4) Front Upper & Lower Ball Joints, Both Outer Tie Rod Ends... $46.20 Free Shipping
, XtremepowerUS 4-in-1 Ball Joint Service Auto Tool Set 2WD & 4WD Auto Repair Remover Installer Extractor Removal Mechanic Tool Kit.... $54.95 This is the one you need because it includes the 4 wheel drive adapters, I rented the whole thing at Orielly's
, Steering Rack & Pinion was from Parts Geek - A1 Cardone Steering Rack $136.73 with $105.00 core charge
When knocking out the bottom ball joints, I just popped the snap ring off, wired brushed the head of the joint, used small hand grinder to take down the outer edge a little, let it soak with penetrating oil for a couple of hours, took a hammer that fit inside the diameter of the joint and another large hammer to hit it with, 8 strikes on drivers side, about a dozen or more on the Pass side and out they came. They're a pain in the A' but doable in your garage. You can find good deals on Amazon, they usually ship quickly within 2 to 3 days...