Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Tuesday October 21, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Motorsports

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-06-2004, 04:06 AM   #1
makofoto
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 25243
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: South Pasadena, CA
Vehicle:
2006 Legacy Outback
Blue

Default Installed New Style Tein Flex's this evening, Question ...

Arnie led us in installing my new Tein Flex's tonight ... the big surprise ... 550/450 isn't at all harsh on the street! Especially with the dampening at full soft. I was also very surprised at how effortless it is to change the dampening settings.

The Tein Flex manual suggests ride heights of 13.2 inches in the front and 12.8 in the rear. Most of the info on this forum suggests 13.5 front and rear. Friday morning I'm getting aligned ... and hopefully Darrin will have time to do a corner balancing first. Should we aim our corner balancing around 13.5 all around ... or use the Tein suggested heights as our starting point?

Hopefully during this weekends two day AX school, I'll have an opportunity to have my instructor ... who AX's an SCCA illegal Evo 7 ... at our LOCAL events ... help me set up the cars balance, dampners, etc. The CA Speedway parking lot is pretty smooth ... and it's where our next local championship event will be held ... so perhaps the low heights will work out. I feel the car is a bit too low ... and I might have some rubbing issues. I'm wondering what would happen if I took some of the pre-load off of the springs ... to gain some travel. Ride heights can be adjusted separately
makofoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2004, 08:11 AM   #2
trhoppe
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 7492
Join Date: Jun 2001
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Hotlanta, GA
Vehicle:
No race cars
www.tomhoppe.com

Default

I believe that the Tein heights are too low. IMHO aim for 13.5 all around.

-Tom
trhoppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2004, 09:00 AM   #3
wrx2.0 555
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 21383
Join Date: Jul 2002
Chapter/Region: South East
Vehicle:
2010 Trek
EX-5

Default

Keep in mind that you will need to re-check your ride height and corner balance in a week or two as the springs settle. The ride height WILL change. (at least in my experiences anyway)
And dont forget that if you do end up having to change your ride height, that also effects the alignment settings.

Scott
wrx2.0 555 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2004, 11:38 AM   #4
DrBiggly
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 11482
Join Date: Oct 2001
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Vehicle:
02 WRX
Acute Stickeritis

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by trhoppe
I believe that the Tein heights are too low. IMHO aim for 13.5 all around.

-Tom
Have you tried that low on your Teins?
DrBiggly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2004, 11:39 AM   #5
trhoppe
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 7492
Join Date: Jun 2001
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Hotlanta, GA
Vehicle:
No race cars
www.tomhoppe.com

Default

Yup. The car is so friggin slammed and the control arms are not level

-Tom
trhoppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2004, 05:49 AM   #6
luvmyrs
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 1048
Join Date: Mar 2000
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: the barnyard
Vehicle:
2000 Nothing, thanks
to POS thieves.

Default

my flex's rode like crap when the were slammed. I went back to the recomended settings and all was well again
luvmyrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2004, 07:21 PM   #7
RoninSTI
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 49278
Join Date: Nov 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: New England
Vehicle:
11 STI
SWP

Default

what are the new style flexs? whats different from old style?
thanks
RoninSTI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2004, 01:58 AM   #8
Mark Avery
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 10313
Join Date: Sep 2001
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
Vehicle:
2002 WRX wagon
silver

Default

>whats different from old style?

Spring rates. They used to be an unserious 5/5, now they're a very serious 10/8!
Mark Avery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2004, 12:20 PM   #9
RoninSTI
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 49278
Join Date: Nov 2003
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: New England
Vehicle:
11 STI
SWP

Default

oh ok, are they less bouncy now?
RoninSTI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2004, 02:55 AM   #10
kellygnsd
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 32669
Join Date: Feb 2003
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Rancho C
Vehicle:
2007 2.34LR, EFR7670
LINK G4 hybrid STi

Default Re: Installed New Style Tein Flex's this evening, Question ...

Quote:
Originally posted by makofoto
Arnie led us in installing my new Tein Flex's tonight ... the big surprise ... 550/450 isn't at all harsh on the street! Especially with the dampening at full soft. I was also very surprised at how effortless it is to change the dampening settings.

The Tein Flex manual suggests ride heights of 13.2 inches in the front and 12.8 in the rear. Most of the info on this forum suggests 13.5 front and rear. Friday morning I'm getting aligned ... and hopefully Darrin will have time to do a corner balancing first. Should we aim our corner balancing around 13.5 all around ... or use the Tein suggested heights as our starting point?

Hopefully during this weekends two day AX school, I'll have an opportunity to have my instructor ... who AX's an SCCA illegal Evo 7 ... at our LOCAL events ... help me set up the cars balance, dampners, etc. The CA Speedway parking lot is pretty smooth ... and it's where our next local championship event will be held ... so perhaps the low heights will work out. I feel the car is a bit too low ... and I might have some rubbing issues. I'm wondering what would happen if I took some of the pre-load off of the springs ... to gain some travel. Ride heights can be adjusted separately
Could you explain to me how taking off some spring preload would add to your suspension travel. I don't see how that would work but it may be worth trying. Thanks.

KG
kellygnsd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2004, 03:13 AM   #11
makofoto
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 25243
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: South Pasadena, CA
Vehicle:
2006 Legacy Outback
Blue

Default

I didn't understand how the Flex's adjust ride heights when I posted that message ... The Flex's have a very easy ride height's adjustment that doesn't effect the pre-load. The body of the dampner is threaded ... and simply screws up and down inside the mounting body ... after loosening a locking collar ...
makofoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2004, 10:25 AM   #12
trojan9x
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 3169
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Effort, PA
Vehicle:
2001 2.5 RS: Holbert
Memorial Winner 2003

Default

I would use what TEIN reccomends regarding ride height. They do a lot of testing to figure out these numbers and while it may seem strange, the uneven ride heights will give you the better balance. That is the way our cars come from the factory as well. Whiteline in another thread said the same thing.

The first thing that most people try to do with coilovers when they get them is to make them even front to back and while it looks better, it's not optimal.

Here is the thread I was talking about

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ne+ride+height
trojan9x is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2004, 10:50 AM   #13
jmott
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 6713
Join Date: May 2001
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Houston TX USA
Vehicle:
2007 Prius
brown

Default

what testing did they do?
did they do it on US roads?
Quote:
Originally posted by trojan9x
I would use what TEIN reccomends regarding ride height. They do a lot of testing to figure out these numbers and while it may seem strange, the uneven ride heights will give you the better balance. That is the way our cars come from the factory as well. Whiteline in another thread said the same thing.

The first thing that most people try to do with coilovers when they get them is to make them even front to back and while it looks better, it's not optimal.

Here is the thread I was talking about

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ne+ride+height
jmott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-2004, 10:58 AM   #14
trojan9x
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 3169
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Effort, PA
Vehicle:
2001 2.5 RS: Holbert
Memorial Winner 2003

Default

trojan9x is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need some advide.... rebuild Tein Flex's or buy new BC Racing BR's wirolla Brakes, Steering & Suspension 4 09-09-2009 05:11 PM
Installed Tein Flex's Bounciness! 04 Slo Sti Brakes, Steering & Suspension 21 07-19-2008 01:16 AM
Tein flex's and trunk cage finally installed WrexOnVolks Member's Car Gallery 4 04-23-2007 12:25 AM
1993-2001 Subaru impreza TEIN FLEX's BRAND NEW - $1500 marcavelli650 Bay Area Impreza Club Forum -- BAIC 1 01-22-2007 08:45 PM
Have new Tein flex's w/ edfc in south bay? pDXZ Bay Area Impreza Club Forum -- BAIC 3 09-19-2004 01:37 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.