Author: Marcus Taylor
- Pillowball (spherical bearing) upper mounts (4)
- Standardized Springs (4):
Front Spring Rate: 12.0 Kg/mm (~670 lb/in)
Rear Spring Rate: 8.0 Kg/mm (~450 lb/in)
- Helper Springs (4)
- Type HA Dampers (4):
16 setting adjustable stiffness
Threaded for ride height adjustability
Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Definitely.
The biggest complication came from the fact that I don't read Japanese (and all of the instructions were written in Japanese). Fortunately, it was fairly easy to install using the pictures included in the instructions and the NTPOG How-To page on installing aftermarket springs. The only other info that I used on the Tein instructions were the torque values (which I think I had to convert from metric).
Warning: Heed the advice of the NTPOG page and get the right tool to separate the ball-joint. My brother brought his 'pickle-fork' ball-joint separator, and we attempted to use that. It worked fine on the left side, but we tried for over a half hour trying to get the right side off, with no luck, and ended up tearing the boot. Finally, we gave in and went to Pep Boys to get the right tool for $16.95, and ten minutes later had accomplished what should have been a simple task of separating the ball joint.
Everything else went smoothly. Total installation time (by amateurs): 2 hours 45 minutes. Including 30 minutes of fruitless effort working on the right rear ball-joint, and a 15 minute trip to Pep Boys. However, this doesn't include the 30 minutes, or so, that I spent 'pre-assembling' the kit before we even put the car up on the jack.
However, if you want ultimate performance from a standardized kit, then I would highly recommend the Teins. If you really know what you are doing, you could probably mix & match components to come up with a comparable setup for less money, but if you want a simple solution with components that are already matched to work together (and to work with your car) then this is the kit for you. The high spring rate helps keep the car incredibly flat around corners, almost eliminates squat during acceleration and also reduces dive during braking. The adjustability of the dampers helps maximize comfort for street driving, but also allows you to go 'no-holds-barred' for performance at the track. With 1 being the firmest, and 16 being the softest, I am currently using 12 at all 4 corners for the street and 6 for the track. This has seemed to be a good setup so far.
One final warning: With this setup and my Neuspeed 25mm Rear anti-sway bar, it is extremely easy to induce lift-throttle oversteer. Add the following ingredients: A Prelude with the aforementioned setup, a parking lot with wet pavement, a little bit too much speed, some definite over-confidence, and some lift-throttle oversteer, and you end up with me hoping that I don't have to get hectic to avoid that parked van that I'm sliding towards (sideways). Happy ending: I slid to a stop two parking spaces before I got to the van, and I was even between the lines, although a little bit crooked. "Yeah, I meant to do that." :)
Do what I say, not what I do: "Drive safely!"
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This page last updated 4/3/01.