Seems the rack seals are pretty poorly made and they start to fail after about 7 years.
Rebuild cost here is around $700 after you send them the rack.
Someone else may want to save themselves some $$$
The rack is a pain to reconnect apparently with the hydraulic lines and there is a few braces to remove (more if you have the cusco H braces or lower arm supports)
Someone could get creative and almost do this on the car.
top and bottom seals only
Full seal kits - even new clamps for the rack boots
34190AG000 (likely the old original crap)
34190AG001(newer current kit)
Sure if you're expecting it to behave like the rotated version the core is based on then you’ll be disappointed but they’re probably still a better way than say a Kinugawa TD05/06 job or half the other stock location turbo’s out there.
Most seem to see the core model and think it’ll somehow flow as well as the real thing and then end up disappointed, haven't seen many that actually hate the way they behave in general.
There is an Alpine one that has wireless carplay but the jump in price compared to other units is quite considerable.
I find the volume button on my current Sony one is in a s*** spot which is why I'll be upgrading to something with physical buttons along the bottom shortly.
It isn't exactly an easy task but you can retrofit buttons into a model that didn't come with them, I've done it on mine with ’most’ of the buttons working, I just need to redo the wiring to get a clearer resistance reading for the system to interpret.
A semi relevant question I've been wondering about, is there any reason a US spec HU would have issues on this side of the world? Only thing I can think of would be for a built-in nav unit as the firmware may not be setup for our region.