Review & Install Video
What's up, everybody? I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com and this is gonna be my detailed breakdown and install of the Viking Performance Crusader Double Adjustable Rear Shock, available for your 2005 to 2014 Mustang. Now, the Crusader from Viking should appeal with the S197 owners out there who are serious about suspension tuning and wanna go with the most adjustable shock in the category.In fact, with its 19 levels of compression, 22 levels of rebound, this is gonna be an awesome twist for the hardcore drag racers out there or even the hardcore road racers who wanna fine tune and dial in their optimal suspension settings to get the most performance out of your setup. Of course, all of that adjustment does eventually add up as the Crusader is gonna be your most expensive shock in the category. And these things will get a simple a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me when it's time to talk about the install.Now, even though Viking is a relatively new company in the grand scheme of things, they were established in 2011, they had quickly gained a very favorable reputation within the Mustang community, and more specifically the drag racing community, as their products are used on some of the quickest cars in the country. Now, the Crusader here took what the company did with the very successful B226 Rear Shock, this product's predecessor, and just made it better all around, but more specifically gave this thing better rebound valving.Now, let's break these things down a little further from an adjustability standpoint and, as I briefly mentioned earlier, guys, 19 different positions for compression, 22 different positions for rebound adjustment, making for a grand total of 418 different combinations with the Crusader here. Now, with most single adjustable shocks, what you're really only doing is controlling compression and rebound with one single adjustment, not the case here with the Viking, you're separating the two, therefore giving you a lot more freedom or adjustability with how you wanna dial in your car.So by separating the two, the rebound and your compression here, you're just getting more levels of adjustment previously unseen with other shocks available currently in the category here on the site. What does this mean for you guys? Well, hardcore drag racers out there who wanna soften up that compression, help promote their weight transfer to the rear, keep the rear end planted while under hard acceleration, while firming up your rebound will keep that rear end planted will prevent the rear end from bouncing, causing a loss of traction. Now, of course, having a set of adjustable front shocks will also help further increase your car's performance, dial in your suspension settings, but the rears and certainly gonna play a major role.Now, my road racers, on the other hand, you guys are gonna have a completely different mindset because you're not so much worried about the front-to-back weight transfer, it's more the side to side when you are pushing the car hard in turns. Now, luckily for everybody out there, Viking does include some recommended setup instructions for dialing in both your compression and your rebound right out of the box depending on what kind of driving style you're gonna be putting your car through.And this is awesome, right? Because go with what Viking tells you right out of the box, make some small tweaks as you see fit, and it's better than just guessing from the get-go. But now that you know what these things are capable of from an adjustment standpoint, let's break down the physical construction of the Crusader. And plain and simple guys, you're looking at a very nice piece. Light-weight aluminum for the body with a clear anodized finish, which just means that these things are gonna stay corrosion-free and looking good for years to come.Now, inside the shock, the quality components continue here getting monotube design featuring a 5/8-inch chrome-plated rod, PTFE bronze seals. These things are rebuildable and they are backed by Viking's two-year warranty. A couple of small details here guys before we get into the installation. First and foremost, they are sold individually. So if you wanna outfit your S197 with a pair, just make sure to buy two when checking out.And last but not least, Viking does say you can use these things on lowered Mustangs up to a 2-inch drop, to be exact. But now, let's get into the installation as promised. And honestly, this one really isn't gonna be all that bad, guys. If you've ever done rear shocks on your Mustang before, you know this is one of the easier module ever tackled, so I'm going one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, maybe an hour or so from start to finish.Now, as far as your tool list is concerned, basic socket set is really gonna be doing most of your work here again. But keep in mind, you will need to get the rear of the car up in the air slightly in order to gain access to the lower shock bolts. And also keep in mind, you will need to remove or drop the sway bar slightly to remove the lower shock bolts from their mounting location. So just make sure you have a pull jack or a floor jack on hand to support that rear axle while doing so.Now, once you remove the two 50 mm knots in the trunk, you can move underneath the car and take care all of the work there. You will need to remove those two end lengths from the sway bar allowing it to sag down, so just make sure you have your rear end supported when doing so. Once the sway bar is out of the way, remove the two 15mm bolts from the lower shock now and remove the shock from the car. Now, you can install the Viking in reverse order, tightening up the 50 mm lower bolt, reinstall the sway bar, end lengths, and tighten those down, finish up your work in the drunk with the two 15mm bolts there and your installation is complete.So if you're serious about fine tuning the suspension in your drag or road race S197, the Crusaders from Viking are gonna provide you with the most levels of adjustment currently on the site and you can grab them right here at americanmuscle.com.