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The patented Viking Crusader™ shock absorbers and struts were developed based on requests from the pro-touring community, along with the small drag radial and high horsepower drag race customers. With these vehicles, there are situations that require rebound forces in excess of what standard passive adjustable shock absorbers and struts can provide. The other factor in our design parameters was the frustration that adjustable shocks and struts, in general, are too complex for the average person to be able to revalve. From these requests, the Crusader™ was born.
These shock absorbers and struts have the same digressive compression valving, and various options thereof, as the Warrior™ line. As such, there are 19 positions of evenly spaced compression adjustments - the zero position and 18 distinctive clicks. The rebound valving, however, is a progressive valve that is strictly determined via orifice control. A progressive valve will have a softer low speed force that ramps up very quickly as shaft speed increases. These shocks and struts can generate huge forces at low speeds, depending on the needle and seat combination selected. In fact, this line of shock absorbers and struts produces forces far greater than nearly all others on the market. The rebound side has 22 available positions of adjustment - the zero position and 21 distinctive clicks. As a result, the Crusader™ line provides for 418 different valving combinations. Depending on the needle and seat combination selected, the adjustment range can cover a very large range or a more narrow range with very small defined increments. These patented shock absorbers and struts feature an interchangeable needle and seat design.
The rebound valving adjustment range can be changed without completely disassembling the shock absorber. With the shock or strut in a vice on its side in the fully extended position, the rebound knob can be taken off, and the needle and seat combination can be changed out. This is all done with basic hand tools. There are no expensive “special tools” required to be purchased from Viking. The process is similar to jetting a carburetor. Obviously, it is critical that everything be kept extremely clean, as there are very small orifices that must be kept free of debris. The end user can choose from a variety of progressive force ranges such as an extreme, high-force progressive valving that is ideal for drag racing, road racing and other applications where high forces are required, or a soft valving for the ultimate comfort ride.
Multiple other valving ranges are also available. Please note that Crusader shocks (other than cruise valving) are intended for "Competition Only" applications and are NOT intended for street use. When vehicles are off-track or being trailered, they must be set at Viking's specified off-track settings. These units are only a $75 upcharge at retail from our Warrior™ double adjustable shocks and struts, which again is an incredible deal and the highest value shocks and struts on the market, considering similar shock absorbers sell for $600 or more each, and struts at $700+ or more each.