I just picked up a 2002 xterra SC from an auction and it needs a little work to get it up to snuff. I had a mechanic friend look at it and he said the ball joints are gone. I am looking at doing the work myself and I have been reading that doing the ball joints only is a huge pain in the ass. I am just wondering if I could draw on some experience and get some opinions on which way to go when fixing this? I am also replacing the front axles at the same time.