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One Year On Tein Coilovers | The Build Sheet

One Year On Tein Coilovers | The Build Sheet

– Just about a year ago,
I picked up some coilovers for my 2013 Scion FR-S. After browsing around for a decent time. I decided to go with the
Tein Flex Z Coilovers. After installing them
and driving them around for a year or so now,
I thought I’d sit down for a little bit and give my
personal experience with them on today’s episode of “The Build Sheet”. (dramatic music)
(gears clanging) Now before we go ahead and get into it, don’t forget to subscribe. I know there’s a bunch of you out there that are watching this,
or have watched this, and you aren’t subscribed yet. I can see you, and not in a weird way, but an analytical way. And don’t forget about the
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three pieces of apparel that we launched specifically
for this giveaway, including this hoodie right here. I ended up snagging a set of Tein Flex Z Coilovers last December. While shopping around for
a new suspension setup, I ended up going with the Flex Z Coilovers for a couple of reasons. Number one, of course, the price. As only of the most
affordable suspension options out there right now, Tein has become one of the most popular
go-to suspension options for either lowering springs
or entry-level coilovers. For an $884 price tag,
I decided that these were going to be the coils
that I was going to go with. Now a quick note ba Tein
suspension and their coilovers. There are multiple options that they have, and it can get a little bit confusing right off the bat. There is a Street Basis Z,
there’s the Street Advance Z, the Mono Sport, the
Flex Z, and the Flex A, all of which are
different in their own way and are suitable for
different applications. We actually have a video breaking down each line of coilovers from Tein that you can go check out, it
explains all the differences. However, the Flex Z is what I chose because it was a complete coilover kit which meant I didn’t have
to use any of the OEM parts from the original strut assembly
to actually install them. When I got the coilovers in the mail, I did a quick inspection, of course, to make sure that everything
was good, good to go, everything looked correct. Quality of the coilovers looked good, the finish was good, the
packaging was nice enough to keep everything from getting damaged and all that sort of good stuff. And when it came to the
installation of the coilovers, just like most other coilovers, everything was pretty straightforward. For the FR-S, BR-Z, GT-86 platform, it is a complete strut
assembly replacement, both in the front as well as in the rear. Everything went as you would expect, except those (beep) sway bar end links. I stripped the Allen head on
the ball joint, alright I know. We spent hours trying to
get the damn things off, and your probably just saying, “Giles, why wouldn’t you just cut ’em off? “You know they’re replaceable.” And I would’ve done that,
however local parts shops around these parts don’t
carry sway bar end links for these cars, why? I don’t know, but they’re
a special order item, it’ll take ’em weeks to get here. I wasn’t about to do that. This is when I realized something, there are some companies out there that actually include
new sway bar end links with their coilover kits for
this reason specifically. Tein, however, is not one of them, so just something to keep in mind. However, once we got that situated and managed to get the end links off, everything else went as planned. Everything lined up well, was labeled well so we knew which side was the
left side and the right side for the front which does matter. And in the matter of a night in the shop, we had everything all
buttoned up and ready to go. With the Tein Flex Z, you get all of your basic coilover amenities,
adjustable ride height, adjustable damping, and
depending on your vehicle, adjustable cam plates in the front. We set everything to where
I wanted to start with and I was on my way. My first impressions of the coilovers was exactly, well, as I expected, what Tein puts out there for expectations, and they really do kind of
hit it right on the head. The ride is very, very
similar to OEM feel, you can feel more control with the car, but it’s not harsh by any means. Tein doesn’t use a high
spring rate in the coilovers. With a few clicks of damping adjustment and all that kind of stuff, it was right where I wanted to be. Now before we go any further,
I just wanna put out there that my FR-S is
practically my daily driver outside of the winter
months here in Wisconsin, and by no means is it a
track car, or a race car, or anything like that. But I wanted something that was able to handle some spirited driving, and still be comfortable enough to daily, and I think the Tein Flex Zs
have accomplished just that. During the summer, I
participated in a Road Rally for the first time,
where I was really able to put the suspension
through it’s first real test. And I was really happy
with how the car handled and performed on the coilovers, even with OEM wheels and tires. Since then, it has
continued to daily the car throughout the rest of
the summer into fall with absolutely zero issues. With just about 9,000 miles or so on them, I’m happy that I went with them as my suspension of choice for my car. So overall, the Tein Flex Z Coilover is an absolutely solid choice for someone who’s looking to go lower with their car and have that adjustability of coilovers without risking the
aspect of daily driving, and of course, without breaking the bank. They’re not an aggressive
coilover by any means, meaning that the spring rate is softer than other options out
there on the market. And there isn’t an option to
go with a higher spring rate or a different spring rate,
simply just to keep the cost of their suspension lower. However, that doesn’t
mean that Tein picked a bad spring rate to go
with, or just grabbed one out of the blue and stuck
it onto their suspension. They went through actually a
ton of R&D testing per platform to pick out the best spring rate that they saw suitable
for their suspension, and of course, for that car. In all, honestly, I would
recommended Tein coilovers for anyone out there who’s looking to get into their first set of coilovers, or for someone who wants
to lower their daily, but also have some fun with it. Personally, my plans are to keep them on for probably about another year or so, and then maybe move on to
something like air suspension because I maybe just wanna try
that world for a little bit, because you know, why not? We offer all different
lines of Tein coilovers are,
so if you’re looking for a set of coilovers for your car, you can head on over there and
check it out for yourselves. You can actually punch in your vehicle into our Fitment Gallery over there to see firsthand what
your car would look like on a set of Tein coilovers,
lowering springs, whatever it might be. Check it out, But that’s gonna wrap it up for the day. Don’t forget to subscribe. Thank you guys so much for watching. We will see you later, peace. (mellow hip hop music)

78 comments on “One Year On Tein Coilovers | The Build Sheet

  1. Looking for a set of Tein Coilovers? Find your set here
    Drop a comment below if you know someone who needs coilovers!

  2. Hey Fitment Industries, are the HKS Hipermax IV GT 20Spec significantly better than the TEIN Flex Z / Flex A? I believe they are monotube, so maybe a better comparison is the TEIN Mono Sport?

  3. I run the Flex A on my 2018 STI. It has camber adjustment and hydraulic bump stop and I think they are great for a street car. Adjust them soft and it’s more comfortable than stock. Adjust stiff and they will spank a tight mountain road.👍

  4. Just bought and installed tein flex z coilovers for my 02 Acura TL type s from you guys last summer!! I love them! ❤️❤️

  5. Every video from Fitmemt Industries its always
    “wheels tires and suspension”
    “ Don’t forget wheels tires and suspension”
    “Oh yeah did I forget to mention wheels tires and suspension”

    They act like they’re trying to sell this stuff

  6. Street Basis is kinda pointless considering that Street Advance is just barely more expensive (in my Miata example it's $500 vs. $600).

  7. I bought the Street Basis Z because I was broke and I was pretty surprised. They aren’t very stiff and sure as hell go down on highway dips, but if you’re looking for an OEM+ sort of feel without shaking your spine out, you can’t go wrong with those. Just don’t forget to buy top mounts, I added 3 hours to my install because I had to pull my old ones off

  8. Question for Gels. Do you notice some noise from the Flex Z Coilovers when driving over rough road? It's not all the time, but I do notice it. I have the flex z's on my 2016 honda civic and the ride quality Is awesome, handles well, and I love all the adjustability that comes with the Tein flex z system. I'm not complaining, it's just something that I've noticed. I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed it. I work in automotive the automotive industry, so I imagine that the noise may be because of all the adjustability and moving parts that come with this system. Definitely recommend this system to anyone looking to lower the ride.

  9. Turner sway bar end links are the best around. Dual adjustability and every single size range is there. They are beefy AF too. When lowering a 335i you need longer front end links and they are nearly a foot long. No problems. Ever.

  10. I just got a question, do Tein coilovers work on any vehicle out here, like a European vehicle perhaps, got a 1996 306, just wondering if it will work on it?

  11. Rocking some $200 maXpeedingrods and drifting to my limit with no problem. It’s like a cheap hoe, I’ll do stuff to her I won’t with my wife.

  12. I got mine installed February 1st 2019 and so far they are great!!! I’ve only added 4,000 miles on them and they are great!!

  13. Thank you for doing this video. I have to replace the coilovers on my car and I've been dreading it because I'm anticipating a price around $1500. I'm very much considering something like what you're running on your frs. Comfort is #1 priority. I went too firm on the suspension with the last car I owned and regretted it ever since. So does my back lol

  14. I keep hearing you have to use the Allen wrench for the sway link, but my buddy and I changed his springs for Tein's on his 2019 86 TRD and we just used a 17 mm on it and it came off fine. Did they change it just for that car, or is it bc its brand new?

  15. I could be just experiencing this because I upgraded the already pretty great stock suspension of my ap1 s2000, but I installed the flex z suspension on my car about 4 months ago and have been nothing but dissatisfied with them. In all honestly I hate them on my car because it doesn’t even feel like an s2000 anymore. I’m lucky because it’s not my daily anymore because it damn near made the car undrivable on these crappy Memphis roads, especially at higher speeds. The ONLY thing these coilovers did was make my car look a lot better than stock. In every other way the car is worse than before and if it were to hit the track I know it would hit worse times as well. Anyway I’m just posting this to make sure no one else gets roped into the wrong set like I did. I always hated the people that said this when I was researching for these parts but suspension is a huge part of the feel of your car and In this case like many others I’ve learned yet again that you get what you pay for. I wish I would have saved a little more and bought the tier above or really done this right and saved up twice as much got some fortune autos, kw, or even some Bc’s. No hate, just my 2 cents

  16. Threw these on my is they are great gonna go with the mono next. Then recommends every 36k to cha ge them out, and I hit the canyons pretty often so itll be coming up soon, they seem to have a little more bounce to them coming up on 28k, I figured there just really broken in so just tightened up the damping a bit.

  17. so when changing sway bar end links just use a pair of vice grips on the rubber piece to stop it from spinning, a whole lot easier than messing with allen keys and wrenches and lets you use an impact with a socket on the bolt

  18. Its been 1 year with my stock wrx
    …I still dont have coilovers im only 4 miles away from you guys cant wait for spring.👍

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