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TEMS = Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension.

It allows for different damper stiffnesses, you can have 'em hard for the twisties, or soft for long distance highway trips - all at the push of a button.

They were a rare option on the 1985-1988 Cressida (5M-GE) as well, not sure if they were available on newer models.
 

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They're overrated, most Mk3-ers I know, set 'em to hard, and leave them that way. Also, most people (when upgrading) ignore the Tokico option of TEMS Strut replacements as they're a Toyota only item. Other manufacturers and companies have made more recent strides in electronicallty adjustable suspension components, as newer models have anywhere between 5-8 levels of ride adjustabililty. The Mk3 only had 3 (2 selectable w/o jumpering at the diag. block.)
 

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tokico tems options...

I have an 89 mkiii with the TEMS option. Was planning on changing it sooner or later with the Tokico tems option but after reading this post I am confused.

Should I look for suspension that will work specifically with the tems system or just get a set that works just for the mkiii?

Reccomendations either way please. If I should just disable the tems let me know.

I'm just a daily hard driver..nothing too crazy. I'll lower the car but if I can use the tems and its helpful in someway then i should use it I'd think
 

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Get rid of the TEMS. The "TEMS Compatible" struts cost more, and don't give you jack. Pull off the actuators and go with any strut combo you'd like.
 

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Nuts to that man.....


The TEIN FLEX Type coil-overs are nice.


Plus if you want the electronic modulation again, you can get the shock controller that will make the adjustments for you. (The EDFC module)
 
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