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Old 04-16-2003, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default TEIN coilover owners please read my Q.

I have the wagon version on my WRX wagon. They are lowered about 1.5" all the way around. The other day I noticed that the front "dust covers" for the shocks are eaten up. They've been getting eaten by the springs sitting on them. On my driver side I had to remove the entire assembly to pull the bump stop off which had actually stuck part of the dust cover up into it. The rears are fine, but the front rubber boot covers need replacing. Anyone else?
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:13 PM   #2
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I have the wagon version on my WRX wagon. They are lowered about 1.5" all the way around. The other day I noticed that the front "dust covers" for the shocks are eaten up. They've been getting eaten by the springs sitting on them. On my driver side I had to remove the entire assembly to pull the bump stop off which had actually stuck part of the dust cover up into it. The rears are fine, but the front rubber boot covers need replacing. Anyone else?
Well that sucks, I am thinking about getting those for my wagon too. Thanks for the heads up.

How do you like them otherwise?

Steve..
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Old 04-16-2003, 08:00 PM   #3
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Just to let you know, I've been running the HAs on my 99RS WITHOUT covers for about 3 years now, maybe more. This is in the northeast too, where the roads aren't known for being so nice in the winter....sand/salt/etc. They didn't have the covers when I bought them, and after doing research I saw that a fair number of people running other coilovers didn't have them either so I didn't think anything about it. I wish I had them, but nothings failed me yet, at least due to contamination. I whacked a huge pothole which ripped apart the top seal, but a quick turnaround/rebuild by Tein took care of that. I know this doesn't really deal with your question, but I wanted to throw this out there.
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Old 04-17-2003, 12:46 PM   #4
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The coilovers ride GREAT. They have received many compliments from other owners as well. The other owners had setups ranging from full STi struts/springs, just springs on stock struts, and full blown HKS coilovers. Plus this is on my 18s with tower and sway bars
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Old 04-17-2003, 02:09 PM   #5
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yep, typical problem on the HA's...mine is like that not only
on my wrx, but on my 98 prelude as well. i called up TEIN Jpn
like 5 years ago when my prelude's tore. the guy there told me
that unless i rally or drive under heavy dust/small rock conditions
i should be fine without the boots. fine from salt too. i only drive on road so
i pulled them off and as a precaution, bought some black duct tape
and taped over the coils. that way no rock could hit the shaft.

those duct tape is amazing... its on there since 5 years ago
and no one tear or sign of peeling off. did the same on the wrx as well.


dont worry, you're not the only one with a torn front boot.
i think the FLEX comes with the solid ones which hold up
much better.
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Old 04-17-2003, 02:45 PM   #6
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i run dust boots under my eibach ERS springs on my ground controls... they're heavy-duty mofo dust boots - made by trailmaster for crazy 4x4 suspensions. also, they were the only boot i could find that was small enough to find inside 2.5" ID springs, and they barely fit. plus they come in 10 different colors and are only $12 for a set of 4!

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Old 04-17-2003, 03:25 PM   #7
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Default Re: TEIN coilover owners please read my Q.

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I have the wagon version on my WRX wagon. They are lowered about 1.5" all the way around. The other day I noticed that the front "dust covers" for the shocks are eaten up. They've been getting eaten by the springs sitting on them. On my driver side I had to remove the entire assembly to pull the bump stop off which had actually stuck part of the dust cover up into it. The rears are fine, but the front rubber boot covers need replacing. Anyone else?
I've checked mine just now, no problems, yet. but I'm using TEIN SS on my WGN tho. I'll keep my eyes open for this issue.
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Old 04-17-2003, 04:09 PM   #8
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My passenger side is this one, it looks the worse of the 2.



This is after 8K miles. No track events, just city driving.

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Old 04-17-2003, 04:29 PM   #9
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damn! I better keep checking mine every week!
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Old 04-17-2003, 10:58 PM   #10
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East Coast Scooby, it looks like the clearance between your spring and shock is too tight. I'll post some pic tomorrow of mine.
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Old 04-17-2003, 11:09 PM   #11
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i pulled them off and as a precaution, bought some black duct tape
and taped over the coils. that way no rock could hit the shaft.

those duct tape is amazing... its on there since 5 years ago
and no one tear or sign of peeling off. did the same on the wrx as well.

What exactly did you do with the tape?

Thanks,

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Old 04-18-2003, 02:35 AM   #12
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i cut the black duct tape in about 5inches lengths and just taped up the spring so that the shaft is no longer visible. the tape will protect the shaft from any rocks that might fly towards the shaft. you dont want to tape up the entire spring as you want the shaft and its rubber seals to be able to breath to dry moisture. works great for the last 5 years.
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Old 04-18-2003, 01:29 PM   #13
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I just realized that the dust boot for TEIN WGN and HAs are just like the OEM ones.

This is mine, TEIN SS came with solid boots.
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Old 04-24-2003, 09:59 AM   #14
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I just picked up a set of used Tein Wagons, and the rear boots are ripped like East Coast Scooby was describing. The fronts didn'thave any boots, but they looked fine. I'll try and get some pics up tonight.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:40 PM   #15
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maybe you guys need to install what slater did.
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Old 04-24-2003, 02:16 PM   #16
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i wont take the strut off the car and apart just for that.

ive yet to raise the car every night just to admire the teins....
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Old 04-24-2003, 03:05 PM   #17
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maybe you guys need to install what slater did.
right on!

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Old 04-24-2003, 03:35 PM   #18
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These are the boots that slater and i use. They fit fine under 2.4" coils.


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Old 04-24-2003, 08:44 PM   #19
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The front boots on mine came with a hole in them, manufactured like that. I wouldnt worry too much...atleast I dont
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Old 04-25-2003, 12:31 AM   #20
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how much was a rebuild from tien?
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Old 04-25-2003, 01:33 AM   #21
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my driver side front is totally eaten up, so much that the car is slightly higher on that side for some reason...Rides great though despite all the noises. People always think my car is falling apart.
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Old 04-25-2003, 01:11 PM   #22
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scoobydodoo- ?! why is it higher? can't you just lower that
corner? the wrx (or any car that i know for that matter) will
not lower completely flat due to corner weight unless you
do some minor tweeks on the height.

i believe the corners were as much as 1/4in off on the rear
and a bit less on the front.
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