Have a friend, lover, neighbor turn the steering wheel 9-3 back and forth.
Start at the pitman arm and feel around the track bar, tie rod, drag link, etc. Listen for any clunks and look for play in bolts, tie rod ends, adjuster sleeves, pitman arm, etc.
Could be ball joints too.
Gussets are these. They protect your upper C from bending. Good idea to do ball joints at the same time. Parts and labor $500-700 maybe