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Old 03-30-2003, 01:34 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Tein wagon coilover review (installed on sedan)

what i paid:

$900 for coilovers(no top mounts) shipped
$100 for all 4 stock top mounts
$45 rear camber bolts


coilovers/top mounts:

assembly was straight forward. i needed an impact wrench to get the top rear nuts ON the coilover assembly. there was no flat to grab on the top shafts of the rear coilovers to tighten down the top hat. minor detail but it might help someone later on.

rear camber bolts:

again straight forward. i put these in the top hole on the bottom part of the strut mount. rotate to get desired camber.

installation:

simple. with full assemblies in hand it was a straight swap. everything lined up, no glitches. my front coilovers are all the way down and the rears are 4 turns up. after a day of settling the drop is perfect(for me). about 1/2-3/4" of a fender gap all the way around. the car looks prefect. i lined up the camber as close as possible by eye until i can get it to a shop, it looks ok and the car rides prefectly straight.

performance:

haven't got the car aligned yet, waiting for everything to settle. but the steering is more responsive and the car is more flat around corners. i think these traits are obvious to any car that has been lowered.

ride quality: better than stock (even lowered!). the ride is a bit softer and less harsh. the car is a ton more responsive. i may be hearing a bit of noise from the rears, but it may just be stuff in my trunk.

overall i am thrilled because the car looks and performs better. not only that, but the ride is better, more user friendly and the car just feels great. this was the first things i bought for my car last year and just got to installing them now because of the weather. the only other suspension bits i will install isa rear sway bar and front/rear strut braces. i will try to get some pics up soon.
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Old 04-09-2003, 12:52 PM   #3
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I thought this was a TEIN wagon coilover review, but all I see is the sedan. I didn't know you can fit the wagon coilover on the sedan. Overall, it looks good. I have a wagon that was why I looked in here.

I notice you have a bosal downpipe. I install mine last weekend in a totally stock car with the GTSpec header. What a difference afterwards.
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What do you think of running the tein wagons on a sedan and using the cusco camber adjustable front and rear mounts? Are rear adjustable mounts even necessary? Just thinking because its only a 35$ difference between them and the STi's.... I would think more solid upper mounts than the OEM mounts would be necessary when running coilovers. What made you decide to stick with the stock ones? I am seriously pondering a setup with the tein wagons now. The price is great as long as the fitment is great. Also a lot of people seem to have problems with the tein rear solid mounts that come with their more expensive packages.
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What do you think of running the tein wagons on a sedan and using the cusco camber adjustable front and rear mounts? Are rear adjustable mounts even necessary? Just thinking because its only a 35$ difference between them and the STi's.... I would think more solid upper mounts than the OEM mounts would be necessary when running coilovers. What made you decide to stick with the stock ones? I am seriously pondering a setup with the tein wagons now. The price is great as long as the fitment is great. Also a lot of people seem to have problems with the tein rear solid mounts that come with their more expensive packages.
i used the softer stock upper mounts for comfort, or that was the theory i used in my head, plus i got them for $100 for all four corners.

i have heard of a lot of noise coming from other upper mounts too, so i stuck with the stock mounts. tiny bit of noise from the rears, mostly when it's cold. other than that, if the radio is on at any level then you won't hear then noise (it happens very rarely).

if you want a setup that is good for the daily commute and gives you better handling than stock, go for it. if you want more serious handling there are better options. the only other suspension mods i am doing is a rear sway and top strut braces, i think those additions will be more than enough for me.

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Thanks for the advice. I'm just trying to consider all options before spending the money =)
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