It's possible, and I may be inclined to believe so if I still didnt have shimmy/bumpsteer without a stabilizer after I've upgraded the steering components.Do you think you could have bent other "light weight" steering components on your maiden voyage and could this have contributed to shimmy and DW? Others like LiteBrite have experienced steering issues after severe damage to the steering stabilizer.
My old parts are in the garage and there is no indication of damage whatsoever on them, including on the TRE's.
If I had access to not-so-concrete tires and rims, I'd be curious to see how the jeep would handle with the steering upgraded. As it is right now there is no give in any way from my tires so every bump in the road is resonating