Hydraulic Bump Stopper (H.B.S.)!
Upward jolting and repeated bouncing, driving over a bump. It takes a while to stabilize.
The impact is absorbed; no bouncing and rapid stabilization.
Even in a fully seated and loaded minivan,
jolts from the rough road are reduced.
Ride comfort can be enjoyed in all seats!
* About Bump Rubber
Made from urethane or rubber, it buffers the impact at full compression, preventing damage to the vehicle body or shock absorbers.
How the H.B.S. Mechanism Works
In regular shock absorbers, bump rubber is vital to avoid damage from bottoming out. Unfortunately it causes instability, because when a large impact compresses it, energy thus amassed is released upwards.
FLEX A however uses the Hydraulic Bump Stopper to convert the impact to thermal energy and absorb it. This strongly reduces the shock, and there's no repulsion force.
Swiftly absorbing the impact of big jumps, H.B.S. effects a steady vehicle.
The Hydraulic Bump Stopper (H.B.S.) Mechanism
In shock absorbers with inactive or no H.B.S., the operative valve (green) floats, and oil flows freely through the base valve ports. Resistance to the flow from the shim stack then, causes damping force.
Near full compression, when the piston rod strokes beyond a predetermined point, the operative valve is pushed down and activates H.B.S.: the base valve ports are narrowed, blocking the oil flow. This results in high damping force.
A relief valve serves to suppress sudden damping force increase, when the pressure in the cylinder exceeds its regular level.
The setup of the H.B.S. mechanism is optimized per vehicle model, with the right activation point and damping force.
Advantage: adjusting ride height has little effect on ride quality.
In addition to combining a low down style with ride comfort, this system offers more setup options for sport driving too.
Compared to the regular mono-tube system, twin-tube attains longer strokes with a smaller repulsive force, resulting in high ride comfort.
Roads may have all sorts of surface conditions. This calls for shock absorbers with ample stroke, that operate smoothly.
Thanks to flexible strokes, you can negotiate gaps and bumps steadily on rough roads, meaning a smooth ride at low speed and stability at high speed.
FLEX A features 16-level damping force adjustment, for simultaneous adjustment of compression and rebound.
Modify ride comfort and handling according to your preference, changing the properties of the shock absorber with the adjustment dial.
The above are examples; actual settings vary according to the vehicle's circumstances.
An easy-to-install mount, exclusively designed for each vehicle model, is included in the product kit.
- Reinforced Rubber Upper Mount
- Pillow Ball Upper Mount
We have devised a suitable mount for each vehicle type.
Pillow ball upper mounts for front strut suspensions feature camber adjustment.*
Like most TEIN shock absorbers, FLEX A can be overhauled to restore its original performance.
During overhaul, we also offer revalving service: you can have the damping force setup updated to suit your preferences.
Our after-sales service adds to the joy of using our products.
The EDFC Series offer easy damping force adjustment from the driver's seat.*
* Some vehicle models are not compatible
A motor instead of adjustment dial
EDFC Series Lineup
The Finest in Electronic Damping Force Controllers
Individual Wheel Control
Electronic Damping Force Controller,
Speed-Reactive (Optional Extra)
Basic Electronic Damping Force Controller
Optimal Dust Boot
Thanks to its smooth compression and high durability, the dust boot guards the piston rod from damage, and keeps foreign material out of the shock absorber.
(Some vehicles use their OE dust boots)
Cold formed with SAE9254 steel (minimum tensile strength 200 kgf/mm2), our springs are outstandingly sag-proof and boast extremely stable quality.
Superior rust protection is ensured with a highly durable powder coating that does not peel or flake. Our high-quality springs can be used without worries, in any conditions.
High-Performance Damper Oil
Since TEIN's damper oil maintains a stable viscosity in a broad temperature range, it sustains smooth strokes and reliable damping force in a variety of circumstances.
Due to excellent anti-foaming properties, it's resistant to cavitation (bubble forming). Since it's strong against heat too, it's suitable for fierce sport driving as well.
Furthermore, the damper oil keeps up its superior performance long-term, because it's resistant to deterioration over time.
TEIN-Green Powder Coating
A bright TEIN-green powder paint is used on elements such as the upper mount and lower bracket. Our powder coating technique produces an extremely strong and durable film. No harmful organic solvents are used, for minimal pollution.
Superior durability and corrosion resistance are achieved by TEIN's patented 2-Layer, 1-Bake powder coating method, which uses 2 layers of anti-rust paint on a blasted surface.
(Japanese patent number 4347712)
Special Surface Treatment 'ZT Coating'
Our unique special surface treatment ZT Coating makes the paint strong against chipping by flying gravel, and further enhances its corrosion resistance.
With zero claims for stuck parts due to rust in 500,000 shock absorbers, TEIN shock absorbers are amazingly rustproof. We're confident of customer satisfaction even in coastal areas or regions with heavy snowfall.
>>We're confident of TEIN shock absorbers' surface treatment!