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Old 09-08-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Need some advide.... rebuild Tein Flex's or buy new BC Racing BR's

So, I sent out my Tein Flex's for a rebuild. The rears were visibly leaking and the front clicky knobs weren't moving. I just got the estimate back. I need all 4 new piston rods, because they're damaged beyond repair($240). It so happens that they are out of stock in the US and have to be shipped from Japan(+$100). Add that to the rebuild price ($400) and the internal parts price ($175) and click knob repair/replacement($12). That puts me at $927 +/- $50. Not to mention the estimated completion date is 6.5 weeks. I know these coilovers go for over $1700 new. The BC Racing BR coilovers seem to have fairly good reviews and are $1000 new. I've also heard that they're pretty good to holding up against winter conditions. I'm just wondering if I should have tein rebuild then and just run them, or try to sell the rebuilt ones, or to have them send them back and try to sell them for my shipping costs, or to just buy new BC coilovers. Also, how much does it cost to have the BC ones rebuilt? I thought I read that they just send replacement tubes for $90 each. Thanks for the input guys!
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:47 AM   #2
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First of all I'd argue about having to pay for shipping on an item that is simply "out of stock". You shouldn't have to pay for them to get a new shipment of parts that they'll be needing anyway. That's a bit shady IMO.

That said, I have a feeling the BC racing coilovers are actually going to provide better performance and comfort for you. The Flex isn't bad for what it is, but its over-priced by a lot. Given your location and the fact that your roads aren't as flat as Japan or even southern California I would go the BC route. The vaving/damping will likely be more comfortable whlie driving around town. I'd scrap the Flexes. With options like the BC stuff available you'd be lucky to sell the Teins for anything close to your rebuild cost. I think it would wind up being a waste of money.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:21 PM   #3
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From what I read is BC does not have a rebuild facility here in US yet. Their warranty involves you paying ~$95 shipped for a new shock. But you should double check with the seller on that as things always change.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:23 PM   #4
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Man what Crock. Getting coilovers rebuilt by the "big name" companies can be such a nightmare, having you pay the shipping for an item that isn't in stock in their factory is ridiculous.

I wouldn't pay Tein anywhere near that much for a simple rebuild. Get the Coilovers back and either rebuild them yourself (fun project) or sell them to someone who can.

The BCR coilovers don't have to be shipped out to be rebuilt, which is a huge plus. You just order new cartridges from BCR, and they ship them to you, $95 a corner. Then you just swap over your current hardware to the new cartridge and you're good to go. You can do it yourself in your garage, no shipping or months of downtime.

I would recommend the BCR route.

Feel free to PM us with any questions on them, we are an authorized dealer
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:11 PM   #5
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