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    MK3 OEM Struts / Shocks

    Can anyone offer insight on where I can pick up [4] 1987 Toyota Supra MK3 OEM shocks struts w/ TEMS units? Yes, I might be asking the impossible. If none are available, can you offer any recommendation[s] on replacements that would work with the TEMS system or getting the present OEM set on the car reconditioned? Thanks.

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    The only options historically were the Toyota OEM (long discontinued) and the Tokico Illuminas (also discontinued).

    Rebuilding the OEM TEMS shocks is not an option and I've never heard of any operation that offers such a service.

    Personally, I have repeatedly found the TEMS system to be overrated and silly and offering little if any benefit. "Normal" is so soggy and soft as to make the car feel broken and "Sport" is barely tolerable.

    KYB offers a decent OE style shock replacement called the Excel-G, but it removes the TEMS compatibility. Having had many, many MK3's over the years I doubt you will miss the feature.
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    KYB makes a tems shock. Not available thru KYB in the US so you need to order them from Japan. I picked up a set but haven’t installed them yet
    https://www.rhdjapan.com/kyb-super-s...gz20-mz20.html
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    Thanks very much. Appreciate the insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wreckless View Post

    Personally, I have repeatedly found the TEMS system to be overrated and silly and offering little if any benefit. "Normal" is so soggy and soft as to make the car feel broken and "Sport" is barely tolerable.
    Yeah, but, but, .......but TEMS! Have you driven a TEMS equipped car with aftermarket springs? What's your take on it with such springs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevydude View Post
    Yeah, but, but, .......but TEMS! Have you driven a TEMS equipped car with aftermarket springs? What's your take on it with such springs?
    I have had the Tokico Illuminas II tems shocks on my 87 Supra since new for a bit over 10 years with the Eibach lowering springs. I also had H&R lowering springs installed at one time too but I did not like how those springs felt. The tems shocks perform good and I did notice a difference between Sport and Normal modes but I am swapping everything over to a 86.5 non tems Supra so I put some TEIN Flex Z coilovers on that one and what a big difference it made over the tems system. I should have switched to coilovers along time ago...
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    I have the Tokicos with Eibach Pros on my MKIII. I do find normal to be too soft. But Sport is firm enough for me. I would like to do the hack so that the last setting is available at will but haven't found the info to do the mod.

    I like the TEMS system overall. Not to mention it keeps the originality of the Supra in tact. I wonder if you can adapt the EDFC equipped Tein Flex Advance to work with the TEMS display?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDstreetracer View Post
    KYB makes a tems shock. Not available thru KYB in the US so you need to order them from Japan. I picked up a set but haven’t installed them yet
    https://www.rhdjapan.com/kyb-super-s...gz20-mz20.html
    https://www.rhdjapan.com/kyb-super-s...gz20-mz20.html
    I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them once you get them installed, Darian. At $200 a piece I hope they're awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydude View Post
    Yeah, but, but, .......but TEMS! Have you driven a TEMS equipped car with aftermarket springs? What's your take on it with such springs?
    Yes I did, with Tokico Illuminas + ST Springs, Tokico Illuminas + Eibachs, and stock TEMS shocks with Eibachs in several different MK3's I owned at the time. I left both cars on 'sport' all the time which was roughly analogous in my experience to the Tokico HP blues eliminating the TEMS. So I didn't find any benefit to the normal mode at all, because I never used it.

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    I put on a set of Tokico Illuminas II's in 2005. I thought one of the rear ones might be leaking so I contacted Tokico in Japan for a warranty replacement with no reply. From what I gathered online is that they made them in batches from time to time but not recently. They occasionally show up on eBay typically in used condition. Another one of the joys of owning a 32-year-old car.

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