So I installed a set of DSM's new UCA's the other day in the garage-I know this thread is worthless w/o pics, but not the purpose right now. I'll post the UCA's in a new thread later. At any rate, I call up 4wheelparts for kicks to see what they offer in terms of alignment. Okay, just for the upper arms, not adjusting the lower arms, messing with the caster, toe and camber, it totaled $120.00!! Uhhh... WTF? I asked for a mini discount like some kinda holiday special, negatory. Guys, I understand alignment to some degree as I've messed with my truck quit a bit. I've had the alignment knocked out 5, FIVE times from banging on it too hard, and every place I've taken it to has never charged greater than $100.
4WP guy on the other line: "Well, we make all the adjustments, drive the truck, we have a laser guided machine for precision, and unlike your dealership, we don't just adjust to 'factory' specs. Dealers will align your truck, and if it's still pulling they will not correct it."
I didn't say this but thought: BS, my dealer adjusted my alignment to my mods (coilovers, camburg UCA), they dialed in extra caster and the truck rode great. They did test drive it and continued to make adjustments until perfect. Yes, most dealers will only align to fac. spec, but depending on your service manager and your relationship with that person, you can get a lot more. I paid $65.
Also I needed 4WP to remove the balljoints from the camburg arms as I will be selling them. I know they have the tools, and the guy quoted me for $50. Said it would take over 30 minutes to remove. Really? I have a real hard time believing this.
Final step, went to firestone and bought a LIFETIME alignment for $179. Anything that happens to the truck, off road, accident, big jump, deer, your mom, whatever, they will align the truck to proper specs. I know it's a lot to read, sorry I was just frustrated and wished people could see that big service operations like 4WP can rip off ignorant people. The majority of their products are good quality and yes they do have good sales on certain brands from time to time, but most of the "lifts" including ProComp, Fabtech, Superlift, etc, are just plain over priced. DO YOUR RESEARCH IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO BUY OR ALIGN OR DO ANYTHING TO YOUR TRUCK, it will save you a lot of money.