I could immediately tell new life was breathed into my old truck as I accelerated on the highway to test the new joints. The savings of doing the work myself allowed me to perform a few more long over due procedures which included replacing my rear shocks ($40) and purchasing a set of brand new Michelin tires.
My truck performs like new again, and since I had gotten accustomed to the mushy factory shocks which should have been replaced every 60k miles, my truck is handling better than ever. I was shocked by how much of a difference these small maintenance items make. I even sprang for a new set of windshield wipers. Now, I look forward to taking my old truck out even in the rain. Just recently I was told that "it drives like a Mercedes", which I took to mean that it runs smoothly. When driving on the highway, I try to listen for vibrations but I hear nothing and smile as my truck coasts an effortless 90 mph running smooth as butter melting on hot toast.