Replaced the drivers side front lower control arm this morning. It ended up being quite a fiasco.
A few of the highlights:
1. I couldn't get the inner bushing bolt out because it kept hitting the transmission pan, so I undid the top transmission mount and jacked up the engine/tranny slightly so i could get the bolt out with just enough clearance. To do this I had to remove the battery and the airbox for clearance.
2. I broke the harbor freight ball joint separator I had when i tried to separate the ball joint from the control arm. The stupid thing snapped in half and the ball joint was still intact. It made quite a pop when the thing broke though. So I went to autozone and picked up a picklefork and I got it separated in about 3 mins after that, but unfortunatley hit the boot of the rear arm when it broke free and put a small tear in it. I put some RTV sealant on the boot this afternoon to hopefully prevent any dirt etc from getting in. The rear arm's bushing probably isn't too far behind the fronts, so i'm not too worried about this hole. Not sure if you can buy replacement boots or how hard those would be to install. If anyone knows please let me know.
3. The metal sleeve around the ball joint came out with the ball joint. This wasn't as big of a deal as i thought it would be and it tapped right back into place.
4. I couldn't get the inner bolt to go into the threaded end of the subframe. I wrestled with this for about 30 mins.
5. When i pulled my tire off this morning I noticed I had a large slice across the tread. Glad i caught this because i'm going on a trip pretty soon, so after replacing the control arm it was off to the tire shop. I needed new tires anyway, (had 70k on this set) and got 4 new ones.
Overall not too terrible a job, and most importantly IT GOT RID OF MY CREAKING!!!