Front springs JTSVP vs Belltech

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    These are the front Viking double adjustable shocks installed.
     

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    These are the rear Viking double adjustable shocks installed.
     

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    Let us know how they feel after the break in period. I see you have CalTech traction bars, I do as well, and love em. Do you happen to have the P/N for the sway bar? I'd like to add one to my truck as well. Hard for me to read the brand name on it.
     
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    Rear Sway bar is a Hotchkis sway bar, part number is #2265 and the only bad this is they are now discontinued. Your only options are a belltech rear sway bar part #5555 or a OEM factory rear sway bar from a RC SRT10.
     
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    Thanks for the info! Guess I'll go with Belltech. Wonder why the QC didn't come with the sway bar????
     
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    I wanted to give my feedback regarding the Viking double adjustable shocks, all I can say what a difference! Way better than before, I like the adjustability these have. They have 19 settings for both compression and rebound. With a few clicks you can have a super soft suspension or super hard suspension. I currently have the front ones at 9C/12R and the rears at 7C/10R. I haven’t really messed with the settings too much, but so far I am happy with this. I based these settings on a chart(attached) they provided with the shocks. I might mess with them more down the road. For the money you really can’t beat them, if you guys have followed the thread you guys know I’ve been on a budget. I did some research before I pulled the trigger on these. For double adjustable shocks depending on what you run is between $750-$2100. Below are the prices I researched

    1. QA1 single adjustable - $810.45(shipped), for this price it was a no brained and I went with the Viking double adjustable.

    Double adjustable shocks

    1. Viking double adjustable- $756.00 (shipped)
    2. QA1 double adjustable- $1,015.96 (shipped)
    3. JTSVP/JRI double adjustable- $2,158.91 (shipped)

    Next up is the Air lift slam air rear helper bags, I’ll update the thread as the progress goes along.
     

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    My only guess would be that they didn’t plan for us to want better handling on a 4dr truck. Just did a little research and the f150 supercharged Harley Davidsons didn’t have a rear sway either. Couldn’t really find anything for the Silverado SS, but my guess would be they didn’t have one either.
     
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    Had some time today and decided to start with the helper bags install. Old center pin in the leaf spring wouldn’t come out, so had to get the old angle grinder. You have to remove it to add the spacer to hold the L bracket and flip kit saddle. L bracket goes between the flip kit saddle and the leaf spring. Bought new ones at Kragen, nice because they have a flat head screwdriver slot on on top. Here’s the progress so far.
     

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    Next up are the mounts for where the air bags mount to on the leaf springs and are attached to the L brackets. U bolts for the mount are a little too long and might cut them with the angle grinder for my liking. Progress so far, along with the diagram of what it’s supposed to look like for a flip kit with the help bags.
     

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    I would guess it handles better at higher speeds in a corner. I had one added to my last QC with the 5.7, made a big difference.
     
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    I'm assuming that's for a set of four??
     
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    I see your bottom helper spring is removed. I had to do the same when I lowered mine, and installed the traction bars. They kept hitting the bars, plus it lowered the rear a tad more. My truck is raked, not level like some I've seen. Looks kinda sexy, LOL!
     
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    Definitely a big difference and way better around turns.
     
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    Yes, all prices are for a set of 4.
     
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    Yes, you have to remove the overload leaf spring to install the cal trac bars.
     
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    Had some time today and installed the passenger side. Here are some pictures.
     

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    I put the valve stem on the passenger side of the tow hitch, only issue I see is that on the driver side of the tow hitch is the electrical for the trailer lights and its using that hole to bolt the bracket. The fix is to measure and center 2 holes on the passenger side of the tow hitch. Here’s some pictures.
     

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    Had some extra time today so I finished up the driver side. I did end up drilling another hole for the driver side valve stem on the passenger side of the hitch. Looks pretty good, I should be able to provide some feed back by next week regarding the ride quality. Here are some more pictures of the progress so far.
     

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    Is it just me, or is your brake line touching the air bag?
     
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    Yes, I noticed that as well when I installed them. Slight bend but not enough to pinch the brake line. Without the bags the brake lines already have a bend in the same location.
     
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