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Full-Length Ride Height Adjustable Shock Absorber for Street Use,
to Cover All Sorts of Situations
STREET FLEXDamping Force Adjustable
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STREET FLEX
Specifications
Full-Length Ride Height Adjustment Feature …… Ride Height Adjustment with Little or No Change in Ride Quality
Twin-Tube Structure …… For Low Resiliency & Securing Sufficient Stroke
Damping Force Adjustment System …… 16-level Linear Damping Force Adjustment System
Complete Kit with Upper Mount …… Exclusively Designed Upper Mounts are Included (Except Some Models)
1-Full-Car-Kit …… Complete Suspension Kit of 4 Shock Absorbers & 4 Springs
13 Concepts
1.Twin-Tube System for Comfortable Ride on Streets! Click here for details 
2.Full-Length System for Ride Height Adjustment w/ Minimal Change in Ride!   Click here for details 
3.Damping Force Adjustable to Change Ride to Desired Settings!    Click here for details 
4.Compatible with EDFC Series to enable In-Car Damping Force Adjustment!  Click here for details 
5.Upper Mounts Included for Easy Installation!     Click here for details 
6.Highly Durable & Reliable!      Click here for details 
7.Thoroughgoing Rust-Proofing!   Click here for details 
8.Highly-Rigid Bracket & Shell Case!      Click here for details 
9.Smooth Ride Height Adjustment & One-of-A-Kind Adjusting Wrench!     Click here for details 
10.No-Sag Springs!  Click here for details 
11.High-Spec Damper Oil! Click here for details 
12.Available for Overhaul & Revalving!  Click here for details 
13.Wide Range of Lineups for over 150 Vehicle Models!   Click here for details 
Concept Details
1.Twin-Tube System for Comfortable Ride on Streets!
Considering the use of larger tires/wheels and the lowered ride height, STREET FLEX uses twin-tube system, in pursuit of ride comfort on streets.

In order to maintain the ride quality on streets with rough spots here and there, a shock absorber has to have sufficient stroke, be low-frictional and move smoothly.
As an oil chamber and a gas chamber are not arranged serially in a twin-tube system, it is easy to secure enough stroke. Also, low gas pressure keeps friction low.

Its smooth stroke movement makes it possible to follow rough and bumpy road surfaces quite well, offering supple ride at low speed and stable ride at high speed.
Twin-Tube Clear Model
 
Exclusively-designed urethane bump rubber absorbs and softens the compression impact effectively, maintaining ride comfort when going over gaps etc and preventing the damper from bottoming out.
(Image shown is for wishbone/multi-link type suspensions. The shape differs for strut type suspensions. Some vehicle models use OE bump rubbers.)
Bump Rubber
Bump Rubber
2.Full-Length System for Ride Height Adjustment w/ Minimal Change in Ride!
Full-length ride height adjustment system, used for STREET FLEX, enables adjustment of ride height by adjusting the case length, without changing the damper stroke length and/or spring pre-load. This has the advantage that the change in ride quality is kept minimal when the height is adjusted.
This system not only makes it possible to maintain good balance between the low-down appearance and ride comfort, but also provides more setting choices for sport driving as well.
Adjust ride height without changing stroke length
Long
Short
  Case Length
Long<=>Short
3.Damping Force Adjustable to Change Ride to Desired Settings!
STREET FLEX has ever-popular 16-level damping force adjustment (comp./rebound together) feature with the use of needle valve. By turning the adjustment knob, damping force (stiffness) is adjusted linearly step by step, to change the ride and handling of the car to suit driver's needs/preferences.
Use of well-reputed "ADVANCE Needle" at the needle valve for oil flow control widens damping force adjustable range to about 200% of the existing lineups.
Whether it's for the handling characteristics of sport driving or for the ride quality according to numbers of passengers, finding the most desirable setting is easier than ever.
Damping Force Adjustment Knob
Damping Force Adjustment Knob
 
Damping Force Change Chart (example)
Damping Force Change Chart (example)
4.Compatible with EDFC Series to enable In-Car Damping Force Adjustment!
With EDFC (Electronic Damping Force Controller) series installed, damping force can be controlled from the cockpit with ease. Stepping motors attached in place of adjustment knobs control the damping force quickly and accurately.
Use of EDFC turns 16-level adjustment into finer 32-level or 64-level adjustment mode (64-level only available with EDFC ACTIVE / EDFC ACTIVE PRO), to provide the optimum performance by fully utilizing the damping force adjustable range drastically widened by the use of "ADVANCE Needle".

With EDFC ACTIVE / EDFC ACTIVE PRO, damping force can be controlled automatically according to changes in G-force and/or vehicle speed, to offer very smooth and slick ride like never before. (Some models are NOT compatible with EDFC series.)
EDFC ACTIVE PRO
EDFC ACTIVE PRO
EDFC ACTIVE
EDFC ACTIVE
       
EDFC
EDFC II
Stepping Motor
Stepping Motor
5.Upper Mounts Included for Easy Installation!
STREET FLEX kit includes upper mounts exclusively designed for each vehicle model; either reinforced rubber mounts or pillow ball mounts.
Pillow ball upper mounts for front strut suspensions have camber adjustment feature.
(Some vehicle models use OE mounts.)
Reinforced Rubber Upper Mount
Reinforced Rubber
Upper Mount
(For Strut)
Pillow Ball Upper Mount
Pillow Ball
Upper Mount
(For Strut)
6.Highly Durable & Reliable!
After many years of research and study, TEIN has developed optimally-shaped dust boot made of most suitable material. Elastic & highly-durable dust boot effectively prevents damages to the piston rod and foreign substances from getting inside the shock absorber.
(Some vehicle models use OE dust boots.)
DUST BOOT
Dust Boot
Improved oil seal and ring nut with dust-discharge groove on side are used. Such new and advanced parts improve the durability, preventing the contamination by foreign matters which can lead to the reduction of product life.
OIL SEAL / RING NUT
Oil Seal                               Ring Nut
     
Final assembly of shock absorbers is done in the clean room, which is almost equivalent to operating room. Room pressure is kept under control to shut out dust & dirt and all workers entering the room must take air shower, to make sure all the assembly work is done in completely clean air, in order to maintain higher level of accuracy and reliability.  
CLEAN ROOM
Clean Room
7.Thoroughgoing Rust-Proofing!
Upper mounts and lower brackets are coated with rich TEIN green powder paint. This powder paint has high coating film strength, is highly durable yet is low-pollution due to non-use of harmful solvent.
After the shot blasting pre-treatment, the patented "2-layer/1-bake" treatment using anti-rust powder paint is applied for superior durability and high corrosion resistance.
Powder Paint
Powder Paint
On shell case, TEIN's self-developed one-of-a-kind "ZT Coating" is applied, for tougher protection against chipping, often caused by bounced pebbles, and rust.
We are confident that people living in snowfall area or near seashores would even be very satisfied.
ZT Coating
ZT Coating
8.Highly-Rigid Bracket & Shell Case!
For strut suspensions, sufficiently-thick ribbed plate is used for knuckle bracket to maintain high rigidity. Flange shape edge of the bracket provides larger contact area with the bracket lock, which is fastened with the conical washer inserted in between, to effectively prevent loosening of the bracket lock most commonly occurs on front strut suspensions.
Brackets for brake hoses and ABS sensor harnesses etc are exclusively designed for each vehicle model for hassle-free installation.
Highly-Rigid Knuckle Bracket
Highly-Rigid Knuckle Bracket
Flange Shape Edge_Conical Spring Washer
Flange Shape Edge
+
Conical Spring Washer

Shell case is made of high-strength steel STKM13C and solidly-constructed for firm handling and stable ride.
High-Strength Shell Case
High-Strength Shell Case
9.Smooth Ride Height Adjustment & One-of-A-Kind Adjusting Wrench!
STREET FLEX has adopted the new wrought aluminum spring seats and low-friction hard-resin thrust washers. These effectively reduces the friction with springs, caused during ride height adjustment, and makes it easier to adjust the ride height with pre-load on the springs.
Shell cases are treated with "ZT Coating", a superlow-friction fluorine resin coating, which is tightly baked onto the surface in-house. This special coating provides superior protection against rust and high lubricity, for keeping a smooth adjustment for a long period.

STREET FLEX kit includes one-of-a-kind user-friendly ride height adjusting wrench. It has a 12.7mm (1/2in) sq. hole for attaching spinner handle and/or torque wrench for tightening at high torque.
Spring Seat & Low-Friction Thrust Washer
Spring Seat & Low-Friction Thrust Washer
Ride Height Adjusting Wrench
Ride Height Adjusting Wrench
10.No-Sag Springs!
Included springs are made of high-tensile steel SAE9254 (tensile strength 200kgf/mm2 or over) and cold formed for excellent resistance to sagging and for superior quality stability.
Surface is powder coated for superb protection against chipping & peeling, for high durability and for superior anti-corrosion performance.
High-quality spring can be used under various conditions without any worry.
The most suitable shape of spring (straight or barrel-shaped) is determined for each vehicle model, to provide wide ride height adjustable range and to secure sufficient stroke without compromising ride comfort.
Straight
Straight
Barrel-Shaped
Barrel-Shaped
11.High-Spec Damper Oil
Specially-formulated high-spec oil exhibits stable viscosity characteristics at any temperature; from low to high, to allow shock absorbers to stroke smoothly and to generate damping force stably under various conditions. The oil has superior anti-foaming characteristics hence the bubble cavitation and/or thermal degradation hardly occurs, making it even suitable for tough sport driving. The oil also does not deteriorate much with age, making it possible to maintain and deliver superior performance for the long term. High-Spec Damper Oil
12.Available for Overhaul & Revalving!
TEIN offers excellent after-sales service. Like most TEIN shock absorbers, STREET FLEX can be overhauled to restore its original performance. As TEIN shock absorbers can be fully disassembled, revalving service is also available to change damping force settings to meet customer's preference.
13.Wide Range of Lineups for over 150 Vehicle Models!
STREET FLEX is available for wide variety of vehicle types and models; cars most popular for dressing up and/or for sport driving; from K-cars, compact cars, minivans, sedans to sport cars.

       


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