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1. I have Tein SS, and I think Tein basic are equivalent to the Tein SS setting of 8 (from 1 to 16). On some roads, my tein feels smoother than stock...on other roads, you can tell. Firmer is the right word (as opposed to rough or hard). If ride quality is important to your wife, you might want to get Tein SS or tein flex w/ EDFC. That way, you can soften up the ride for her when she rides with you. But for the most part, everyone who has gotten Tein basics have had no complaints about the ride quality. Right now my Tein's are set to 14 in front and 12 in back...so it's pretty stiff. It had been previously set to 1 (full soft) for my parents. It did take a couple of days to get used to it, but now I don't even notice the ride that much. I'm sure with Tein basic's, your wife probably won't complain unless she's a nitpicker or has a sensitive butt.kennungesser said:I'm getting ready to install the Tien Basics next Saturday. And I have two questions.
1: Did I lie to my wife when I said "the ride is not going to be THAT much different than stock, just a little firmer." ? I'm only going to lower it about 1.5 f/ 1.9 rear. Maybe a little more. On 18s in the summer, stock 17s in the winter.
2: Do I have to rent a spring compressor?
2. For Tein SS, some OEM parts have to be removed so that they can be re-used on the Tein's. I don't know if the basics have that issue. If so, you might want to rent a spring compressor (unless you're Mr. Heeltoe aka Marcus...in that case, he can do it without a spring compressor).