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Old 01-08-2001, 04:59 PM   #1
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Talking Tein Coilover Install

I just had someone offer to sell me their Tein Coilover setup for $500.00. They have 15k on them and have seen minimal track use. I have never dealt with coilovers before, (because I never thought that I could afford them) I have a stupid question to ask. Do Tein Coilovers include struts (I know a stupid question). Also how much should an install cost me? Any info that can be provided would be very helpful. Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2001, 05:09 PM   #2
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$500!!?? That's a great price, even with that mileage on 'em, since they're rebuildable. I can answer one question for you:

Yes, a coilover is the complete spring/strut pre-assembled. I believe the top pillow mounts are also included. They were with mine.

The install should be pretty easy, especially if the pillow mounts are included. It's a simple drop-out/drop in proceedure, not counting the fooling around with brake lines and whatnot.

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Old 01-08-2001, 06:59 PM   #3
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Thanks GT Guy, Anyone have anymore helpful hints?? Oh yeah this setup is going on my 95 Impreza L. Any compatibility problems here that I will need to fix? I talked to my mechanic and he said that there would be none. I am really excited.

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Old 01-09-2001, 06:29 AM   #4
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I have the Tein's and love them. Mine didn't come with the pillow mounts, so I just used the stock ones. If you check out the mods section here on the page you can see Alex's install of the V5 suspension...the same as the Tein's. I would say go for it yourself just to save money and since it isnt that hard.

The only thing that you shoudl do different is take measurements from ground to say top of wheel well, or from the center of wheel to wheel well so you can adjust the height to a certain drop you want. I went down 3/4" and think it looks right on the 16s, although I will probably change it when I get different rims.

If you have to use the stock pillow mounts, notice that the Tein's are sorta "keyed" on the top where they are threaded, and make sure to get the mount to drop all the way down onto the top of the strut. I noticed when I put mine together that the nut would go much farther down on some struts than others, and when I took things apart to make sure this was my problem (since I can't read Japanese it might be in the instructions).

Getting the brake lines in the strut was not easy either. I upgraded to SS ones from Cobb Tuning though, so that might have been my problem. I got the fronts to wedge in, but the rears didn't want to get all the way in, so I used some zip ties to make sure the lines didn't bounce around. I can't remember how the ABS lines worked, but don't remember any problems with those.

The instructions also said that you needed to trim a corner off the strut to make it fit the front suspension upright, but it wasn't a big deal and if they were already on a car I am sure that was already done.

Too bad you didn't get these a few weeks ago, I am from Marietta and was home then---woulda been gad to help you out and show you mine/let you drive my car to see if you like 'em too. I think they are great, especially on Southern roads since they aren't torn up like the ones here.
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Old 01-09-2001, 06:34 AM   #5
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Mine should be arriving today, and I'll report back on any installation issues my mechanic raises, if any.

Had a good talk with the guys at TRi, who had these on their Legacy GT. Apparently, you can dial in any setting from minus 3" to plus 1", and anything from plush to knock your fillings out.

Should be really cool, and I'm looking forward to getting them in.

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Old 01-09-2001, 06:56 AM   #6
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Kevin,

If you have any problems, just let me know. I'll be here all day. They are really quite simple though.

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Old 01-09-2001, 07:02 AM   #7
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Joe, are the TEIN's from who I think they're from? If so, what's going to replace them?

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Old 01-09-2001, 07:45 AM   #8
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Yep Mike....they are Jeffs I am getting my mechanic to do the work....he said the entire suspension swap should take about 4 hours. I am giving Jeff my stock suspension + some RS Springs that I had previously bought. I am soooo stoked about this setup!
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Old 01-10-2001, 11:11 AM   #9
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Only suggestion that I have is. Buy them for $500 and I'll buy them off you for $650.00. Seriously.
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Old 01-10-2001, 02:59 PM   #10
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Long story but I am now Getting another set of coilovers. I am now getting Ground Control Coilovers with KYB AGX's (I beleive the springs that come with them are Eibach's) Ok ok, I will tell the short version of the story. I was not able to fit the install timeframe the seller of the Tein's was looking for so another member of our impreza group got them instead. The other member is selling me his around 3 month old Ground Control setup for 200 bucks. I am sure that I will be pleased with this buy also. Anyone here have any experience with the GC's. My mechanic said that they are a VAST improvement over the stock L suspension. I am still freaking out that I am FINALLY improving my suspension. How stiff is the ride with the ground control's exactly? anyone know?
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Old 01-10-2001, 05:10 PM   #11
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You must be getting my old GC setup. I sold them to a Joseph in GA back in July. So, they aren't 3 months old, but that is a very good price. Let me know how you like them, obviously I didn't like them or you wouldn't be getting them. It's funny how used parts get around...

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Old 01-10-2001, 05:18 PM   #12
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What was it about them that you didnt like?? I couldnt remember how old he said they were I thought he said 3 mos. How long did you have them?? What is the ride quality like. I want something stiff. He is including KYB AGX's too.

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Old 01-10-2001, 06:16 PM   #13
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Sent you an email. They should be plenty stiff for you.
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Old 01-10-2001, 06:25 PM   #14
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Hey do you have Instant Messenger? if so my name is STiTkacik I would like to ask a few more Q's. I am on now.

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Old 01-12-2001, 08:47 PM   #15
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Hey Joe, I thought I told you they were like 1/2 year old. I didn't get a chance to install them until August (I think - had Performance Import do it then) and I personally put only around 6000 miles on them. I'm sure Corey told me he had less than 1000 mile.

Anyways, sorry for any confusion. Call me if you have any questions.

BTW, Corey, how much did I give you for the suspension set anyways? I just remember sending you 3 MOs - but can't seem to find the receipt.

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Old 01-12-2001, 09:10 PM   #16
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$500 is crazy cheap for a set of teins, even without the pillowballs. (Not worth it IMO, buy camberplates.)

I was pretty happy to get Bassem's teins for $850!

Whoever Jeff is with the teins, if he hasn't sold them already for $500 he either soon will, or wise up and get a few hundred more out of them.
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Old 01-13-2001, 03:09 PM   #17
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Hey Joseph, Yeah I was confused.....had too many numbers running around in my head from yours and Jeffs suspension. How do you like the new Teins? Gary said that he had alot of fun putting them on
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