I'm wondering the same thing. My Pilot has a low speed clunk (I can hear and feel in the steering wheel) that seems to be related to body roll, not side-to-side motion. The shop wants to replace some bushings somewhere on the steering assembly, not the sway bar bushings.How does one know they need replaced?
I would have, too. I replaced my front links with Moog links, and they appear to be FAR heavier duty than the OEM links, with the plastic ball end inserts.Update on my Pilot clunk: the stab links were replaced (aftermarket part) about a year ago. I automatically ruled them out as a possibility for the current clunk.
In most cases, going to the aftermarket like this gives better results, and longer life. It could be that the particular pair of links installed on your vehicle were just bad from the start (mass production; nothing's perfect). My Ridgeline's clunking is better, though it's not gone completely. There seems to be a small pop from the right side when I turn the steering wheel the first time of the day, and I think it's related. I haven't put it up on jack stands over night, to see if I can isolate the first pop of the morning. It might not do it anyway, with the suspension unloaded.Now I'm a little peturbed at the shop that put on those aftermarket stab links.