Adjusting Damping on a TEIN Coilover

Adjusting Damping on a TEIN Coilover

Just a quick reminder to those who are new to our adjustable suspension, specifically regarding damping setting (soft to stiff, and vice versa).

With the exception of some racing kits like our N1 dampers or Gr.N rally dampers, our damping adjustable kits are 16-way adjustable, or 16 usable settings, if that’s easier to understand.

Our adjustment knob for damping.

Our adjustment knob for damping.

Now, we get plenty of calls about customers who have 27 or 30-way adjustable damping. If you don’t have an N1 or Gr.N damper kit, then please pay attention- there are only 16 usable damping settings.

Yes, the adjustment knob may have more than 16 detents as you turn the knob, but we advise you not to exceed the 16th click (counter clockwise, if you’re starting directly at the knob).

If you're staring at the adjustment knob, clockwise is stiff, and counter clockwise is soft.

If you’re staring at the adjustment knob, clockwise is stiff, and counter clockwise is soft.

So, to find out what click setting you’re on, count the number of clicks while turning the knob clockwise until it stops. That figure will be what damping setting you’re at. If you counted more than 16 clicks, you were well past any usable damping setting our kit was designed with. So, now that you’ve turned the knob clockwise until it stops, you’re now at our 0 (zero) click setting, which is the stiffest setting. Simply turn the knob counter clockwise until you find the setting you prefer (again do not exceed 16 clicks).

Why we ask you not to exceed the 16 click setting- it does not offer any benefit or additional change in damping force. In fact, leaving the setting somewhere past the 16th click can cause damage to the needle valve’s setting. So don’t do it.

You may be wondering- “Why would we have an adjuster with more that 16 click settings if knob can easily surpass the 16th click?” Good question. We use the same click knob on our race coilovers, such as the aforementioned N1 and Gr.N damper kits. It was more cost-effective for us to create a click knob that we can use across all models of our damping adjustable suspension, so we simply applied this same knob to our SUPER STREET, STREET ADVANCE/STREET ADVANCE Z, Type FLEX/STREET FLEX/FLEX Z, MONO FLEX/MONO SPORT, SUPER RACING, and several other coilovers that have 16 usable damping settings.

 

From our owner’s manual:

 

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