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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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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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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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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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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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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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Here's everything that comes with the full kit. I opted to get the wrenches as well. I also bought another set of front springs for the 454 eventually. Currently running a 350 still.

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For the rears you will need a 5/8 drill bit for the lower shock mount to clean out the paint. I had to do it to mine to get the bolt through.

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