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If you are referring to the Heim joint at the end of a tie rod with a bump steer kit installed the resistance required to pivot the bearing is of little consequence. They are usually a little stiff to move but what you want to check for is play. Make sure you can't move it up and down in the socket. Grab the wheel at 3 and 9 o'clock with the car jacked up and try to move it in and out. If you do not have any play or loose motion in it the bearing is okay.
 

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My bad! You said lower control arm and I should have known you were talking rear. Same thing applies though, loose motion side to side or forward and backward would indicate a bad joint. A bearing that moves easily but has no loose motion is still good.
 

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If it just rotates/swivels with ease, you're fine. If you can rattle it around in the "socket" then it's tired.
 
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