The rubber in the links I replaced was definitely thinner on the pressure (load) side of the bushing, making the link effectively shorter. The torque link had separations -- frayed rubber "strings" around the sleeve.
If the links are unequal lengths, the actual angle of the tire on the road will be different side to side.
Has the steering box been recentered correctly? I don't remember. If not, it will "recenter" itself by pulling to the center position, and if this doesn't coincide with the straight ahead driving condition, it pulls.
If this is the case, or you have a bad spool valve that is holding some pressure in the steering box at center position, it's not an alighment problem and you won't get funny tire wear. If it is an alignment problem, you are going to get odd tire wear pretty fast!
1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!