Anyone know how to get ahold of Tokico Illumina II TEMS shocks?

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59959 is a Magnaflow universal high-flow cat. OCD welds the flanges on for our application. I have this one too and the welds look good. I passed emissions with no upstream cat :)
 

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59959 is a Magnaflow universal high-flow cat. OCD welds the flanges on for our application. I have this one too and the welds look good. I passed emissions with no upstream cat :)
Yah it came in a reversed (inside out) magnaflow box. I talked to the guy who makes these and he said they are the highest quality he knows of. As you can see from the pics, it appears to be true. Sounds great and I don't detect hardly any power loss in moving from a test pipe to this HFC. That's pretty impressive, since putting back on the stock unit would probably rob at least 10-15 hp.
 

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Some financial woes kept me from buying the Tokicos until now. Went to order and they appear to be out. I guess it is time for my "Vega Shock Waiting Journey" :(

(I am looking into just buying the original Toyota ones now, cost is only about $160 more than the Tokicos were at the best price.)


PS - Super sad to see you are selling the Supra, Vega, but someone is going to get one fabulous car!
 
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Some financial woes kept me from buying the Tokicos until now. Went to order and they appear to be out. I guess it is time for my "Vega Shock Waiting Journey" :(

(I am looking into just buying the original Toyota ones now, cost is only about $160 more than the Tokicos were at the best price.)


PS - Super sad to see you are selling the Supra, Vega, but someone is going to get one fabulous car!
The only place I see them is this seller from Ebay. It's a dealership (Bruce Titus). I think they bought a batch from last year's allotment. They only have 4 left!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOKICO-ILLU...?fits=Model:Supra&hash=item4ae5443cdc&vxp=mtr

Yah I am sad to sell it too man. Thanks for the kind words. The Supra is literally sitting pretty and just garaged. But it is essentially sold. A buyer from Pennsylvania has sent me a certified cashier's check via priority mail so the time has come! Happy and sad at the same time. I just drove the Supra around the block a couple nights ago. WHAT A CAR! I already regret it but it is time to move on :(

Best regards to you!
 
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Congrats on the sale! Hopefully the new owner will keep the car inside for the winters, as salt is a terrible thing!

I am trying to see what those Bruce Titus people can offer, since I am local.

But there is good news. I contacted another online dealer and they told me restock comes in September. So if Bruce Titus doesn't work out then what's another three months of waiting :p
 

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I think this is meant to be.

Andy's Autosport has the fronts (EU3634) and THMotorsports has the rears (EU3635). Just about $520 altogether and now the really painful parts waiting begins!
 

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Nice hope you enjoy them once they show up. I really wish tokico would do an illumina II without the stock style perch that could run universal 2.5" springs like Koni and Bilstein. Unfortunately I don't think the community has the numbers and pull to convince them to do something like that anymore.
 

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I would rather see bilstein or koni, tein are really overrated imo. Actually most of the semi affordable coil overs are.
 

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That is a fair point, I only like Tein because my friend has had really good experiences with them on his Miata over other brands. No idea how their Supra products hold up.
 

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loc182, can you let us know how you go with your order from Andy's Autosports? I was looking at ordering some tems from him but then came across a lot of bad reviews.
 

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Hi ross79,

So the Andy's Auto Sport order did not go well. The site allowed me to add the items to the cart and check out, but it turns out nothing was in stock.

This could happen on any website, but I was more disappointed that they didn't update the listing to say not in stock when I checked it again a few days later. So they are off my potential buying list.


Happily after doing some more searching I found that TRDShop had the shocks in stock for the front. (They have the rears as well.) They don't have the same level of discount or the free shipping of THMotorsport, but their customer service was fabulous. They got back to me almost right away confirming the items were in stock and they shipped the same day as I placed the order. So I highly recommend them, and if you can get a discount coupon the price difference probably won't be that much.

THMotorsport had very good pre-sale customer service and their prices are great. Plus they offer free shipping. I was a bit concerned that I didn't get a shipping confirmation until about 4 days after the items shipped, but this may have been due to the fact that the items shipped from the manufacturer. At the time I ordered they only had the rears in stock. (Their site also said the fronts were in stock, but a CS rep told me they were not. They were having trouble with that part of the site, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.)


Altogether it cost me $580 for all four corners, which is not too bad.


And after what seems like an eternity of waiting I now have this:
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(Sorry the pic is sideways, I couldn't find a way to fix it.)

Hoping to install this weekend!
 

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Thanks very much for the feedback. Unfortunately trdshop don't ship to Australia so the search continues.
 

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It's amazing how difficult these have become to obtain. $580 is not bad for a brand new set. I think that's pretty close to what I paid.

Great job on sourcing these! Supra rides soooo nice with them.

Cheers
 

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I'm planning on buying a set in about a months time. I've considered coilovers, etc but these look like the best option for a daily all rounder.
Hopefully the aussie dollar goes up soon!
 

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Thanks Vega, I excitedly began the change out with the rears and found that I need new bump stops. Oh well, I have waited 2 years, what is another two weeks.

I did a fun test with the old shocks and the new. I timed how long it took for the piston to fully extend from full compression and it was 9 seconds longer on the 25 year old shock :p I cannot wait to roll out of the garage on the Illuminas!

Good luck Ross, hopefully you can get the shocks soon and safe!
 

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Happily after doing some more searching I found that TRDShop had the shocks in stock for the front. (They have the rears as well.) They don't have the same level of discount or the free shipping of THMotorsport, but their customer service was fabulous. They got back to me almost right away confirming the items were in stock and they shipped the same day as I placed the order. So I highly recommend them, and if you can get a discount coupon the price difference probably won't be that much.
Hey man, I operate the website mentioned. Thanks for the feedback, I'm glad we were able to take care of you! We also don't mind matching prices. I'll take a look at all the online prices to make sure ours are competitive. I've inquired here about possibly becoming a sponsor but I don't think anyone ever replied. I'm not sure who to contact directly but I'm still interested if someone could point me in the right direction.

Let us know your thoughts on them when you get them installed. I still have a set waiting to be installed on my car if/when I ever get it finished!

Thanks very much for the feedback. Unfortunately trdshop don't ship to Australia so the search continues.
We can ship internationally as long as it's not OEM/TRD parts. Just contact us by e-mail.
 

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I totally missed your response Joe, no worries on pricing, I was just happy to not have to wait extra months.

Getting the shocks on was a hassle due to bump stops and no note in the TSRM about that spacer on the lower rear mounts, but I have been happy with them since the install. The difference between the modes is very subtle, but you can feel it when driving the same patch of road in both normal and sport mode. Not as mind blowing as I had hoped, but still nice to have shocks that actually function. (I am pretty sure the OEM ones I removed had never been replaced over 25 years!)
 

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Been looking for these. Contacted (called) the top eight places that all have said they have them, and none do- and won't update their websites, even though asked to do so (and some agreed to). The US branch of Tokico did say that they have new management (bought out?) and they offered a follow up in a few weeks, which didn't happen. TRDShops has been very proactive and will reach out. Their estimate is next month (February 2017) and that getting a set when they come in is slim if you have not ordered yet. The fronts are EU3634, the rears are EU3635. Their price is competitive/fair by comparison, and you can get a refund at any time as long as the order has not shipped.
 

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Good looking out toysupguy, I hope they keep these stocked. They are a great replacement and I do notice a difference with them installed. Over 8 years and about 20,000 miles later they ride very good.

Correct me if I am wrong but I thought there was some kind of lifetime warranty but I don't remember if that was these or the blue version or not at all.
 

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I have an official answer from TRDShops. The EU3634 (front struts) are no longer made by Tokico as of today. Rear struts are available. The current solution is the only one available; non-TEMS struts ;-( Any recommendations? I will see what TRDShops has available.
 

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Yeah, we just found out about it when our supplier cancelled our open orders and told us they've been discontinued... the only other options out there I know of are KYB, Koni and Tokico HP's. Nothing is available that's compatible with TEMS. At least not as far as I know...


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That's not good...
Knew I should have bought a set a year back.
 

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I guess this answer's my questions about the availability of Illumina IIs... Does bilestein still make shocks for our cars? That can be added to the list of shocks that aren't compatible with TEMS.
 

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I just bought a set from www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com. The site has a chat feature and the guy told me they still have some available. It came to $609 which is about $15 per strut more expensive then I have seen on other sites. Since my struts are probably from 1989 and I want to retain the factory TEMS system I figured it was time to pull the trigger before it's to late.
 

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You sure that order went through SupraTrbo89?

Tried ordering myself a set through that company.
No go. They don't have the item in hand.
They are ordering from the manufacturer, which does not have them available anymore.
 

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2 seconds ago I just got an email from them saying they are out of stock. I specifically said to the guy, "Are you sure you have these because they have been discontinued." He assured me they did. Then they tried selling me on Koni Yellows.....nah I'm good.
 

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Yeah I can't find them anywhere.

Need to find a place that has them in hand.
 

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Yeah these things are gone.

Called the U.S. Tokico distributor even, no luck. :(
 

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Yes, I think we are stuck. I reached out to Aaron a Driftmotion to see if he knew anyone who had them on the shelf. No luck. His response below. I guess i'll have to go coilovers eventually.

Hi,

They are backordered from Tokico, I don’t think anyone has any on the shelf. Tein coilovers are really inexpensive now and will handle a lot better than normal lowering springs and Tokico shocks. In my opinion TEMS is really not great for performance, and now they cost too much for what they are.
Check these out, really nice setup for the money:
https://www.driftmotion.com/Tein-GSL44-2USS2-p/dm105.htm

Thanks,

Aaron
 

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From Tokico:

At this time the EU3634 shock is currently on back order. We do not have an ETA currently.
 

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Shameless plug for TRDShops; Will was notably exceptional in finding the HU3634 and HU3635 for the 89 Supra, and for answering all questions I had. Been keeping up with this thread, and I would be very surprised at this point if anyone found the TEMS front shocks.
 

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I found 1 front EU3634.

Still looking for another.

Need to look very hard, contact everyone.
 

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Update from contacting everyone from the parent company Hitachi all the way to the distributors that put the parts out the door to the customer:

- The shocks are ordered by the master distributor, and Hitachi / Tokico have to supply the parts to the U.S.
- The manufacturer needs to make the all the parts needed to create another batch.

When that happens is anyone's guess.
No ETA's were given.

So I expect more of these shocks to be available at some point in the future.

Good thing.
I was only able to locate 3 shocks in the last few days.
Still looking for someone with 1 front shock to complete my set!
 

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I really hope they keep these going. These shocks ride amazing paired with Eibach springs and I dont want to get rid of my mint t.e.m.s. buttons either lol.
 

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Once I get a full set I am planning on having a linear spring made to fit these.

Not a fan of the progressive only springs that are available for our cars.

Really wish there was a linear spring available in the aftermarket. (Not Toyota OEM one)

Look what showed in the mail today!

Unicorn parts :D
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Everyone mark your calendars.
I received word today that some more part's may be available in June.
 

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Yeah there is no chance for these Tokico shocks.

I have exhausted all avenues for finding any more of these parts.
Only needed 1 more front shock!

So unless someone has a set on hand NIB, they are gone.

We lost our US distributor for Tokico and Hitachi paid their fine for price fixing - 12 Million sometime last year.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ne-for-role-in-u-s-price-fixing-idUSKCN10K1X2

My conversations with Mport / Tokico and Hitachi have all dead ended.

So if anyone wants a functional stock TEMS system or something similar to TEMS go with:
- KYB TEMS Super Special (JDM market part only)
or
- TEIN w/ EDFC

I tried everything I could, no luck.
Shame.