A new high hitter in the performance shock arena, Viking Performance was founded in February, 2011, however its owners and their dedication to pushing the automotive performance industry forward are anything but new. Tapping into over 50 years of hands-on experience in the racing and performance aftermarket has won Viking multiple SEMA product awards for their innovative designs and helped produce a better shock system at a better price.
Viking's lightweight twin tube design bodies are CNC machined billet aluminum and clear anodized, featuring machined PTFE/ bronze wrapped pistons on 5/8" hard chrome plated rods. Left hand spring threads avoid shock separation and ease of adjusting your ride height. Each shock is individually tested, serialized and carries a TWO year warranty on materials and workmanship- twice that of most shock manufacturers.
Based on a double adjustable design, Speedtech centers our Viking product line around two different performance levels and three different styles of shocks. Their standard Warrior™ shock is perfect for the average Pro Touring car that will see street cruising and occasional autocross and track days. For a more competitive edge, Viking's new line of Crusader™ shocks are geared towards the driver that spends more time at the track, but still wants a decent ride for street driving. Both performance levels are available in a Smooth Body, Hybrid, and True Coilover design. Read more below on each type of shock to determine what your car needs!
Viking valving, what's best for me?
Viking Warrior™ coilovers are Speedtech's standard suspension package shock, set up for the typical Pro Touring car, utilizing a double digressive force curve for both compression and rebound. This means that forces increase quickly at low shaft speeds and level off at higher shaft speeds. This valving strategy provides excellent low speed control with sufficient high speed forces. Each adjustment knob (compression and rebound) provides 19 positions of adjustment for a total of 361 valving combinations. Viking provides easy-to-read instructions with starting points depending on the application for easy set-up and tuning. The valving adjustments are evenly spaced from click to click and unlike other shocks which require several clicks to feel a change, Viking adjustments make a significant difference with each click. The large adjustment range allows the user to adjust for comfortable cruising to high performance racing, and everything in between.
For those who are more serious about performance without sacrificing streetability Viking Crusader™ shocks are their newest member of the family, and are an upgrade over the Warrior™. These shocks have the same digressive compression valving as the Warrior™ line with 19 positions of evenly spaced adjustments. The rebound valving, however, is a progressive valve that is strictly determined via orifice control. A progressive valve shock will have a softer low speed force that ramps up very quickly as shaft speed increases. These shocks can generate huge forces at low speeds, in fact, the Crusader™ shock absorbers produces forces far greater than nearly all other shock absorbers on the market.
The rebound side of the Crusader™ has been upgraded with an all new valving system including 22 available positions of adjustments resulting in 418 different valving combinations. But it doesn't end there, this pro-touring specific valving has a new adjustable range of 15 lbs. to 850 lbs. at 1” per second, 40 lbs. to 1800 lbs. at 3” per second, and 120 lbs. to 2750 lbs. at 6” per second. You will not find anywhere near this broad of an adjustment range with high-end monotube shocks. Another feature to these shock absorbers is the rebound interchangeable needle and seat design. Similar to jetting a carburetor, the valving adjustment range can be changed without completely disassembling the shock and using common hand tools, no expensive “special tools” required. If you're serious about performance you should get serious about the Viking Crusader™.
What style shock body should I buy?
"Smooth body" shocks are available for those of you who want all the advantages of a double adjustable Viking, but want to stick with a factory style spring and shock configuration rather than covert to a coilover. We also recommend these where you may be running coilovers in the front, and retaining leaf springs in the rear of Camaros and Novas or keeping the coil springs in the back of A, B and G bodies.
"Hybrid" style coilovers are designed to allow the additional advantages of a coilover style adjustable spring configuration in an easy bolt in package. Designed for front shock applications, these coilovers have a typical 2 1/2" bottom of the spring which tapers up to a traditional coil spring diameter that fits perfectly in you car's original coil spring pocket. Installing them is much like installing a traditional shock and simply bolts into the original upper shock mount. Springs are available in 550 and 650 lb. spring rate which covers most LS, small block, and big block applications. Because of force loads on the lower shock mount, these shocks cannot be used in conjunction with factory stamped steel lower control arms. We recommend Speedtech lower control arms which have a heavy duty lower shock mount pad, and work great with both traditional smooth body shocks and coilovers.
"True Coilovers" have the same internals as the smooth and hybrid shocks, however they utilize a non tapered 2 1/2" coil spring to control spring rate. For use in both front and rear applications, this type of shock opens up more tuning through a wide range of different spring height and rate options ranging from 175 up to 750 lbs. They also use a bearing type upper mount that allows a more fluid travel through the shock's range of motion. For front applications this style shock requires some mild fabrication to install our Chicane coilover conversion brackets, and for rear applications our custom coilover conversion brackets simply bolt in.
Viking's spanner wrench and thrust washers are also included in our front shock kits. Spanner wrenches are custom made to fit Viking's adjuster rings for more leverage and easier adjustment while on the car. Thrust bearings utilize needle bearings in the center ring to decrease friction between the adjuster ring and spring, making it even easier to adjust. One kit covers two shocks. Additional rear bearing and separate wrench kits are also available.
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