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#1 amsterdam84

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 10:12 PM

Viking Performance coilover kit.

 

Been over a year since buying the kit and since have moved to a larger property with a 40x50 shop. Room to breathe! Only stripped the shocks and coils out so far. Hope to do more.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:57 PM

Any more info? Pics? Impressions?


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:59 PM

Haven't been back in the shop yet. Off the next 2 days so hope to make some progress.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:54 PM

Removing the old lower arms and replacing them with boxed. Hope to add a sway bar.

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Posted 16 June 2018 - 05:39 AM

Your assistant's hands are waayy too clean.


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Posted 16 June 2018 - 10:00 AM

The fun begins when you try and fish them bolts over the rear shock brace I had to shut the garage door so the neighbors couldn’t hear all the adjectives that would come out of mouth
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 07:34 AM

I have the tendency to make my projects more difficult. I just replaced the old KYB rear shocks with Bilstein shocks. (I'm using Viking coil-overs in the front)

 

I wanted to replace the cheap 50 year old 5/16" bolts with some ARP 12 point 3/8" bolts I had kicking around.

 

Laying on the floor, working around 3" tail pipes, I had to drill the chassis holes bigger. The ARP bolts I had were too long so I had to poke them UP through the shock and catch a washer and nut above. Of course, they're prevailing torque nuts so they were difficult to turn for their entire length

 

I'm my own worst enemy.


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 07:55 AM

I found removing the old bolts easy by they may be short compared with the ones in the kit. Haven't opened the boxes yet.

I can only imagine the frustration of having to install the bolt the other way blind while holding a bracket.

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 08:02 AM

Currently I'm struggling with a frozen lower arm bolt. I think it's seized to the sleeve inside the rubber. Muffler is in the way so I can't hit it directly so I'm using a punch from the side. If I had an air chisel I think it would make short work of it but I don't have one. Other options are cutting the bolt and replacing it or removing the muffler to hit it directly with a bfh.

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Posted Yesterday, 09:19 PM

After fighting with a lower control arm bolt that was rusted to the sleeve of the arm, it is free and I can move on with my install. That took way too long to get done.


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Posted Today, 08:11 AM

I feel your pain. It will all be worth it.
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