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Old 01-13-2001, 01:31 PM   #1
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Post Kevin's suspension adventures, continued....

For those who don't get over to the Suspension board, here's the dope...

The Tein coilovers went in beautifully. Height adjustments are another matter, since the spanners didn't find their way into the box.

I'm still fooling around with stiffness, etc., but right now the setting of 4F/6R feels like stock, though the spring is a bit stiff for that soft a strut setting. 6/8 feels better, and 10/12 better still in the performance parameters.

Once I get the spanners, I can fool with ride height in front/rear balance, and other stuff. I'd also like to figure out some way to calm the rather noisy pillow mounts. You don't hear them at all on normal roads, but when the going gets bumpy...

Oh, the job was super easy. The Teins are made to a very high standard, and except for my strut mounting bolts which had been tightened with an impact wrench, things went quite well. As I fiddle more with them, I'll let folks know.

I might have to return to the stock mounts, since I won't be doing a danged thing with camber anyhow, near as I can tell right now...

Kevin
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Old 01-13-2001, 04:54 PM   #2
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That mean you may want to part with them? Let me know...

Congrats BTW

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Old 01-13-2001, 11:36 PM   #3
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I will let you know indeed, SYMS GT. I'm thinking that there has to be some way to quiet that faint clunking. But when the road is smooth (not even billiard table) they're dead quiet. I'm very impressed, especially considered that they aren't optimized yet.

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Old 01-14-2001, 09:42 PM   #4
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How are the Teins adjusted? And which Tein setup is this? I know there are different variants (HA and NA or something like that), but I don't know which is which.

Do you know what the spring rates are?

Can you describe the noise the pillow ball mounts make? I've heard they're noisy, and the fact you said they're noisy when the road is bumpy leads me to believe they're not for me - too many bumpy roads here in New England.

Do you really need the spanner for ride height changes? I have coil-overs on the front of my Mustang and all you have to do to adjust the height is jack up that corner, dial the spring seat by hand, drop the corner back on the ground and see where it rests. No spanner required, unless one were to try to adjust ride height with the full weight on that corner (and I don't think I could even get in there with a spanner on the Mustang if it were resting on the ground). Anyway, just babbling...
Thanks for the feedback - keep us informed!

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Old 01-14-2001, 10:16 PM   #5
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They're the Tein HA, which is the coilover kit. The rates are 6 and 8kg/mm. I forget the math, but pretty stiff, although they feel good. I've pretty much settled on 5/5 or 6/6 as something that feels very close to stock.

The noise is something like a very gentle clunking. It seems to be lessened with the caps, padding, and strut tower covers in. You can barely make it out. I have everything open though, since I'm still fooling with settings. The wife didn't think it was all that objectionable, since you only hear it on roads that are a pain the butt anyhow.

The Teins have a pair of collars on the lower perch. The bottom one locks everything down, so when you snug it down, yeah, you need the spanners. We're pretty sure that I can get at the fronts with the wheels on, just by turning them to extreme right or left, dependent upon which side is being tweaked.

Right now, I'm at -3/4" from stock, and it looks great. Close to stock, but low enough to handle. It'll probably go to an inch down in the summer, though we'll fool with that, too.

Having all these adjustments, unfortunately, mean that you make 'em. Dios mio!

We'll see about the noise. I have an email in to Tein about it, and I might return to the stock mounts in the rear, since they don't have camber anyhow and the effects of the pillow ball in the rear isn't as important as the fronts.

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Old 01-15-2001, 04:15 PM   #6
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"Oh, the job was super easy. The Teins are made to a very high standard, and except for my strut mounting bolts which had been tightened with an impact wrench, things went quite well."

AHEM???? Just how easy was that job????

"Height adjustments are another matter, since the spanners didn't find their way into the box."

OH REALLY?? I hope you were able to make do with another tool

Thanks for the tapes, they are really great.


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