update... The pass side front tire is wearing very uinevenly (these firehawk LH's have less than 15,000 mi on them) to the point where the outside of the tire is completely bald. there is alot of play in the outer tie rod end. I will replace that as soon as I have time to throw the car up on jacks and get dirty. made an appt with the local lincoln/merc dealership for friday, so the two new contis are going on the back, and they will most likely confirm the bad tie rod, and probably tell me they cant do the alignment due to the bad tie rod. the motorcraft part is 38.99 from rockauto. ill order that next week, get it installed before the snow falls, and get an alignment done. will keep you guys updated.