I got the tie rods fixed and the popping feels substantially less noticeable - almost gone. Most likely something got lubed in the process that is causing the problems. I did find some good news out though. I had called my dealer from where I bought my car and explained all my difficulties. He then told me that I have a 1500 mile, 30 day warranty that they give with all their used cars!
I am going to schedule a time to have them look at the steering pop, and replace the plenum that is starting to leak. I already had the window and tie rods repaired, and am hoping they will compensate me for the work that was done. I am going on a trip Thursday and will be sure to make note of any problems I find so I can get the warranty stuff done before it runs out. I'll probably go out and roll my other rear window up and down about 3000000 times before the warranty is up. lol.
Maybe if I complain loud enough they'll give me a fresh set of rubber for the wheels (yeah right - keep dreaming).
Will see what happens.