Thanks Steve for your response. Very helpful. The reason I am taking it out is to get it tightened up inside. I was told by my local MB mech. that he can take the slack out of the box by doing some adjustments inside. So I am going to take the box out myself and let the MB man do the dismantling. I take by your answer that removing the pitman arm with the tie rods still attached that there is no problem getting the box out around them. Is this correct?