So Update. I had enough time to poke around under the car, but not actually perform a repair.
Got the Gopro out and strapped it under the car looking at the rear control arm bushings. Had someone drive around while i watched the video on my phone. I didnt really see any significant movement of the bushings, and the small rattle over bumps didn't seem to match up with the movement the bushing did have. The bushing moved...but not like some of the vids i posted earlier.
Got back home, pulled the wheels off and tugged and pulled with prybars. Noticed the pass side did have a "clang" when i hit it with hammers or kicked the tire.
Had someone grip the steering wheel tightly while i checked steering components again. I did check this in the winter, but decided to try it again. Sure as hell, the pass side inner tie rod end had play.
This is a Ford motorcraft part that's LESS than 1 year old. It was pretty significant movement, but no idea why i never noticed it when i checked steering over the winter.
Last year this time, i replaced both inner and outer tie rod ends. I did moog outers and Ford inners for some reason. Needless to say, i ordered a Moog replacement. I should do both...but it's been ONE YEAR.
I'll rent the tool this week and try to tackle this this weekend. Tie rod ends are easy on this car if you rent the proper size tool. Use an OEM
Tools 27178 kit, and the proper size (for the OEM
and Motorcraft ends at least) is 38.4mm.
I figure i deal with the low hanging fruit and see if that solves my issue. I'm getting frustrated with this car. I know these are all minor issues, but i also feel that under 100K i shouldn't be dealing with any. I've never had to touch a thing on any other car i've owned under 100K.