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Sometimes the models with the bracket have a hole drilled through them so they'll work with either older or newer rear sway bar mounts:
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As far as a more durable part, you could try to find FDII parts which have metal braces welded across the sides, but unless you think you're going to hit them on rocks you probably don't need them.

New FDII braced control arms vs damaged FDI control arms:

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The other thing you could do it try to add more grease to the spherical joint on the end of the control arm that bolts to the trailing arm / swing arm by pulling back the rubber boot and using an injector needle. Example below is on a rear toe link, but it's bascially the same idea. The upper control arms have one of those joints too:

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Oh, and on which brand of upper control arm to use, it's hard to recommend a brand since they tend to change their manufacturers from time to time which makes quality "hit-and-miss".

That said, IMO unless you're buying camber adjustable upper control arms (if you have a lift), they're all pretty much just a flat piece of metal with a rubber bushing at one end and a spherical joint (add extra grease) on the other.
 
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