I replaced the shocks 2-3Kmi ago. The rear suspension links were done in Dec'01 (60Kmi ago). The old shocks were Bilstein Comfort, the new shocks I got from the dealer. The suspension links don't seem torn looking at the outside, but the ride is not real good. Rear end seem to react too much to road in an uncontrolled way.
jsmith, ride height changes alignment. if Its a very small change it may still be within spec, I would have it checked at a minimum. If the tie rod, or camber link were changed I'd hope your mechanic would have it aligned. I don't believe for the thrust or torque arms it matters.