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Tein Flex-Z Announcement - Brand New Product Line From Tein Japan

  • Posted: 07-30-2015 04:18 PM
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Announced! July 27th, 2015:

TEIN FLEX Z New Product Announcement

 

Yes, a full-length adjustable coil-over damper kit from Tein that retails for $800 (starting)! Many of you are probably wondering...who/what/how!?!? Heeltoe is here to give you the beans.

First off, this is a fully adjustable damper kit offering both height and 16-levels of damping adjustment (with exclusive Tein EDFC II and EDFC Active compatibility). This is also a full-length adjustable system meaning you can adjust the spring perch height (preload) and damper length (vehicle height) independently. This feature offers the following benefits:

  • Allows you to lower the car without reducing suspension travel, maintaining great ride and handling traits.
  • Allows adding preload to the springs to firm the compression for higher performance use or reduced wheel-travel, but maintaining ride height.
  • Allows for fine-tuning of corner-weight bias for balancing the handling of the vehicle.

All the above features are becoming more commonplace in the coilover market. Many damper kit brands are offering full length construction because it allows for a less costly manufacturing process since dampers are made all the same, but different mounting parts are used to install them (upper mounts and lower brackets). With THIS Tein offering you are getting the full length kit with Tein's brand and quality backing it at a price point really hard to compete with from other brands.

Speaking of which, yes, Tein FLEX Z kits will include upper mounts. The mounts offered will be made from steel and supplied with rubber bushings (as opposed to sphericals, which is common at this price point). Rubber bushings will offer a little more road isolation than bearing will, and most street drivers do prefer this feature. Upper mounts with camber adjustment will be featured on strut-type vehicles only (not on shock-equipped cars, as this feature is not possible).The kits will come pre-assembled for easy installation*

What is the difference between "shocks" and "struts," and what is a "damper" and a "coilover?"

The kit is also constructed with twin-tube dampers which provide a smooth ride and reliability. It is true that mono-tube dampers can provide improved road feedback, however mono-tubes are harder to produce for long-term reliability on the street.

So, all the above makes this kit sound a lot like a Street Flex kit, doesn't it? Well, yes, except the FLEX Z is made with a sealed damper that is not available for overhaul.

That is really it. You can rebuild the damper tube on a Tein Street Flex, but not on the Flex Z. Most people prefer to buy replacement damper tubes these days to avoid the downtime that can come with having an overhaul done. A Flex Z kit can be completely torn down and re-assembled** with a new damper tube if it should be needed.

Also, if you are replacing dampers it is possible to change to different-than-standard dampers to retune the kit to your liking. 

 

Pricing and application details are coming soon!

 

*We've heard many customers refer to this sort of kit as a "one-piece" coilover. The term "one-piece" is fairly misleading since the kit is actually a lot of pieces put together into one kit. The assembly is done for you, though and there is generally "one-piece" to install per corner of the car. Let's not get the terms mixed up though. This kit is a pre-assembled, full-length damper kit with upper mount...not a "one-piece coilover."

**Other coilover manufacturers have begun to use the term "rebuildable" when talking about their damper kits. We've come to learn they are speaking about re-assambling coilover assemblies with new damper tubes. This is not what is traditionally referred to as "rebuildable" wherein the damper is actually taken apart, seals replaced, valves changed out, and gas recharged. Tein calls this service "overhauling." The ability to make a damper able to be taken apart and rebuilt/overhauled adds cost and complexity. But be aware that if other manufacturers claim their kits are "rebuildable" they may only be talking about re-assembling with new dampers...not rebuilding the existing ones.


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