Hey Mike (anyone else who can help me out can chime in as well), I know you have experience working on most cars and I would like to ask you a quick question and maybe me posting this here can benefit some other TB'er as well somewhere down the road I have a 1994 Dodge Ram full size van with the 318 V8 on the 1/2 ton chasis. After visiting sears this past weekend to get a rotaion, balance, and alignment, the sears guy comes and tells me I need both front upper ball joints and the right hand tie rod replaced and gave me an estimate for $400 for them to do the service. I went out into their garage to see for my self and I did see a good amount of play in those areas. My question is, would i be able to replace these parts myself? I have a good understanding of basic auto mechanics and i do my own brake jobs etc... Would i require any special tools to do the job? I can get whatever tools i need from autozone on loan and I have an air compressor. I can get all the parts from Napa for around $70, but would it be worth it to pay someone to do this or try it myself. I do realize that if i do the job i need to get my van to an alignment shop to get the alignment straightned out. Thanks for any help.