If the motor is out, then yes the steering is easier to get to, as is pretty much everything else.
Inspect everything, and account for any lift it has. If it's lifted and the steering has not been addressed, then that is a likely culprit.
Far too many just slap springs on a rig and call it lifted. Far from the truth when they leave steering geometry, driveline angles, brakes, and so on untouched.
1998 XJ on 37's.JK Rubi axles with chromo shafts and ctm's, 4:1 transfer case, etc etc etc.
2003 Range Rover HSE, 4.4 Quad Cam.
1998 Range Rover with a 6.0 LSx
1994 YJ, 4.3/700R4/OME SOA, etc
Western Star 4900EX 4 axle.
4.3/700r4/new frame buildup (YJ)....