My mechanic is an *******, I took out the "old" TRW ball joint and it was fine. Yea it "stutters" when I try to swivel it around but when i shake it, it doesnt rattle or anything. Not worn at all. Dad told me how the original set rattled when you shook it when he had the first set changed out, this one doesnt. In fact it looks new.
Im going to go ahead and replace that one side since its already out and let the other be. Im kinda pissed right now, wasted money on parts, wasted money on time, and I still have the problem of bumping/cracking/thudding noise when I steer. I can live with the noise, I just dont want my suspension to fall apart.