I had possibly the most ghetto experience getting my truck aligned. To be fair I had never seen an alignment done up close so maybe this is how it is done.
After I got my lift installed, I took my truck to Vodie's Alignment in Garden Grove, Ca to get the alignment done. These are the same people that sell EZ Lift kits (website). I thought that since they sell lift kits for our trucks, they should be able to get the alignment spot on.
Once I got there and let the machanic drive the truck around the block. He came back into the parking lot, and I wanted to explain to him how to adjust the caster on my Light Racing Upper Control Arms. As I showed him, he stopped me and told me that he does not need to adjust the caster. I thought whatever, he must know what he is doing.
To check the camber he used a leveling device, with an actual bubble for the reading. To check the toe, he drove the truck over something that had teeth that the tires would push down, and a meter gave some measurement. I should have taken a picture of the meter. It looked like a large pressure gauge (with a needle reading) that indicated tire wear. Who knows how often it has been calibrated.
He made some adjustments while doing all of this. After he finished he drove the truck around the block again, and said that it was all ready to go. Needless to say, I left there in shock at what I had just witnessed.
After I got home, I realized they did not give me any alignment readings. So I called the owner, and asked him what they had done. He said they do a "manual" alignment. He explained to me it was better than a computer alignment, since it adjusts for the crown on the roads. He said that if there were any problems, then I should come back to them.
I don't know what to do. Is this normal? Is manual alignment really better than a computer alignment?
The truck appears to drive fine, but I was not able to drive it on the freeway, and the roads around here are pretty bad. I will also be installing new tires next week and I don't what to experience uneven wear.