The front universal was A-ok, I suspect that since it's up under the car and right above the cat it doesn't see the same issues as the one at the pumpkin end. I had the same issue a year or so ago with my Tahoe. I took the Tahoe to my local garage and they only replaced the lower one and said they very rarely see the front U-joint go bad. So with that being said, here are the pics:
Old / bad U-joint. This was causing bind, not allowing the proper flex or articulation of the joint
New U-joint installed (glad my work has a press - makes the process so much easier)
And a "garage at night shot" right before I re-installed the D/S:
Hope to start driving the SVO later this week.