Do you have all the right tools to remove ball joint from the knuckle? If I were you, I will try to find OEM ball joint from FS section. That's where I found 2 new ball joints for $25 shipped. I'd recommend either OEM or Moog for tie-rod.
I am having the same issue, but it wasn't the ball joint or tie rod end. Next thing I'm going to replace is axle and putting in a spacer between bar and end link.