Colorado Springs? Is it Crazy Ed's, by any chance?
If so, he uses an alignment bar, which very clearly showed the bend in my front housing. Similar situation to yours. Metal shavings during an oil change, went in for a re-gear, found that the housing was bent. But I went the pr44 route instead of paying to straighten, gusset, sleeve and re-gear it again. I don't wheel hard at all, and had 32" tires on it at the time!!
Hagausaf is another guy that went in there for gears, and found that both front and rear housings were bent. Don't recall if he was posting about it here or over on jk-f, but he verified both housings were indeed bent before paying the labor. I believe he said he was stock at the time, no lift and rubicon mt's.
I have seen over a dozen bent or shattered JK housings in the shops around here while stopping in to BS. Some were, justifiably, damaged while having fun in the rocks, but several were bone stock and damaged from potholes or curbs. It is not as unheard of as many people think.
Last edited by GreenJK; 01-27-2012 at 01:31 AM.