Who are TEIN?

If you own and drive a Japanese car, you may well
already have heard of TEIN. If not, the name might be a little bit unfamiliar.
Either way, they’re definitely worth your attention, so let’s have a look at
the company, what they do and their company mascot, Dampachi.

TEIN is one of the best-known Japanese
suspension companies. The name comes from the first two initials of the words
“Technical Innovation”, which is certainly something the company like
to do.

Founded in 1985 by a rally-driver and co-driver, Hakaru
Ichino and Yoshio Fujimoto, TEIN was essentially borne out of a lack of
suitable performance suspension parts on the market at the time. Unable to find
the kind of suspension they wanted, they decided to build their own and this is
how the company was founded.

We think you could make a case that behind any really
good suspension set-up, be it factory or aftermarket, is a good driver with a
real understanding of suspension tuning and car dynamics somewhere behind the
scenes. Having a successful rally team behind the scenes at TEIN helps them to
tune their suspension kits.

TEIN, to this day, still supply a lot of winning cars
in Japanese and worldwide motorsport, although they’re probably best known in
Britain for their road tuning products. Being Japanese, TEIN’s focus is always
on Japanese applications which means they do a good job of filling niches lots
of other suspension companies don’t touch.

TEIN technology and the European market

The company is certainly best known for its involvement
in the Japanese market, but TEIN also makes suspension parts for a select range
of European performance cars. This tends to be stuff that is exciting enough to
have a following in Japan alongside JDM performance cars.

As Japanese roads are quite different to American or
British roads, Tein maintain facilities in other countries to ensure that their
range are suitable for the different B-roads of the world. Tein UK carefully
keep track of the differences between UK and JDM versions of cars to ensure
that the products they are selling suit our cars.

The advantage of high-end suspension is often the
quality of engineering that goes into it. Precisely calibrated spring and
damper rates can be the difference between a car that shines in corners and one
that doesn’t handle so well. TEIN make extensive use of both the latest
Computer Aided Engineering techniques and over three decades of suspension
know-how to design their kit.

Companies who design components for motorsport often
have a very sharp focus on making everything the best it possibly can be. The
difference between first and second is often only a question of tenths of a
second, which means that the finished product needs every possible improvement.
That attitude tends to carry across to everything that passes through the
Research & Development department be it a product for road or track.

TEIN in Motorsport

Speaking of motorsport, we’ve already mentioned that
the brand was formed by a rally driver and co-driver, but it’s important to
mention that the company doesn’t just compete in motorsport for the halo effect
– far from it. Instead, motorsport is seen as a way to develop technology and
expertise which also benefits their road tuning products.

TEIN took seven years out of the WRC between 1997 and
2004, returning for the 2005 season with a bigger and better collection of
parts than ever before. Today, TEIN parts are used in various forms of
motorsport with a particular focus on competitions in Japan including Rallycross
and the Japanese Rally Championship.

Who, or what is Dampachi?

Company mascots are very popular in Japan. The best
known in the west is probably Domo-kun, who originated with the NHK television
station. Tein have their own, giving the world Dampachi and Dampatty.

Dampachi is a magical, sentient shock absorber. Interestingly,
he has an external reservoir making him a higher end, possibly motorsport damper
unit. Tein liked him so much that they gave him a partner, Dampatty, who is also
a sentient shock absorber, but pink.

Dampachi has magical powers, using his 4-dimensional
external reservoir to help people shorten their lap times. So, if you’re
struggling to a find a few spare tenths on a lap, praying to Dampachi is clearly
the way forwards. Dampachi’s birthday is March 10th, which we
certainly celebrate here at Demon Tweeks.

TEIN suspension parts

TEIN have a particular focus on lowering springs and
coilovers, developing different parts for different markets and each with a
choice of specifications.

TEIN lowering springs

Perhaps their most popular range, TEIN lowering springs
come in two forms: H-Tech and S-Tech.

The range of TEIN H-Tech lowering springs maintain the
OE-like ride comfort with mild lowering, while the TEIN
S-Tech Lowering Springs
offer more aggressive lowering and sportier

Both are suitable for use with OE dampers and road
tested in the UK.

TEIN coilovers

With a range of coilovers to choose from depending on
the level of performance, you’re looking for, TEIN is one of the leading
Coilover manufacturers in the world.

offer an extensive range of coilovers
covering everything from twin-tube
street coilovers right through to high-end monotube units.

Their Street
and Street
Basis ranges
are their entry level, cartridge build range. Designed to
offer excellent handling at an outstanding price, these are an excellent
combination of value and handling. While the dampers can’t be rebuilt, Tein can
replace the cartridges inside.

The Street
range offers 16-way adjustable twin-tube damping and in most cases a
Tein top-mount. The dampers can be fully rebuilt.

Tein’s Mono
range offer their monotube dampers, for road use. Monotube dampers offer the
most controlled damping and the best resistance to heat fade. Top mounts are
usually of the fully adjustable type. These are perfect for a car that sees
regular track-day use.

Tein’s highest end products are their Super
Racing and Super Drift coilovers
. These are fully fledged track suspension
and are designed for drivers who need every bit of adjustability that Tein can

Offering a coilover specifically for drifting is
certainly novel. Very similar to their Super Racing range, the main changes on
offer here are spring and damper rate changes. Tein developed these with the
help of professional D1GP drivers.

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