So true. Most alignments done by oil change places are toe alignments only. I recently did the heavy duty tie rod ends along with upper and lower ball joints. I went to a frame and alignment shop that has an excellent reputation. Took them close to 2 hours and several road tests till they were satisfied with the job. What takes most of the time will be camber settings if there off. Charge was close to 100 dollars and they actually lost money doing mine because of the time frame. My opinion. if you want a true alignment, go to a place that ONLY does alignments, not somewhere where it's a secondary job.nasty610 said:To do a full alignment on a Trooper takes well over an hour depending on what needs to be adjusted. If it's really bad I wouldn't be surprised for it take over 2 hours. Even doing just a toe alignment takes around 30 minutes.
For caster to make steering stiffer you'd have to make a very large adjustment. I've moved caster more then 4 degrees on several models and never felt a difference in steering effort. I would guess your new steering links are just a lot tighter then your old ones.