oh man, you guys are awesome -- i found that same image and made a really crappy copy to show you my problems.
the red circles are the joints that look like crap to me, but i've been driving on them this way for almost three years.
the yellow bar seems to split off and go to the pitman arm and both wheels. it looks like all of these are worn connections, correct? what piece is this?
the green bar is the steering stabilizer, and that looks ok.
the blue bar is a sold bar that goes from the steering stabilizer and something more solid, but that looks ok.
not highlighted are the sway bar links -- i did those two years ago and they seem fine.
so am i just looking at replacing that yellow bar, which appears to have tie rod ends? How difficult? would i need an alignment afterward?