Wanted to let everyone who may not know. I know Shab was interested.
Our Ball joints are serviceable.
I recently bought 2 salvage control arms for the time attack rear bushings and urethane front ones. One low miles and the other with 60k+ miles on it. Neither ball joint was bad, but I wanted them to be at the same life. I ordered some new MOOG ball joints from Rock Auto. Other retailers sell them for the Ion/Cobalt platform, but only Rock Auto lists them specifically for the FE5 suspension, so I though it was the best route.
Instructions say to drill the rivets out of the OE unit, but I found is is much easier to press them out. The new ones bolt in. so far so good. I will update when the arms are complete and on the car. A new alignment is a no brainer
They come with a grease fitting the screws into the bottom (not installed in this pic)