Go with the up grade bushings,
Pay the man to do the job
You should not need ball joints, ever in most of these cars.
I have whitelins and AVO in my LCA, been there for many years. No difference in the ride.
208,000miles 5/2012 ej257 short block, 8/2011 installed VF52 turbo, @20.8psi, 280whp, 300ftlbs. CHECK your oil, these cars use it.
Engine Build - Click Here