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Bestex / Ohlins Suspension BB6 Prelude

I wanted to call upon the suspension Gurus to help familiarize me with the suspension I just purchased. Basically, I was going to save up until I could get the tried-and-true GC/Koni setup for my 1997 Honda Prelude SH. But, I am the type of person that's always on the lookout for a good deal. I found a full set of Ohlins shocks with Bestex springs from M's JDM Motors in California on a whim for an incredible price of $300. It was a deal I couldn't pass up.

Before I bought them, I did the most extensive research I could, first calling M's, then calling Ohlin's, and finally calling Performance Shock to get their input.
-M's told me they came off a BB6 Prelude with 40,000 km on the odometer. They told me the shocks were not apparently blown in any way and they appeared to be in excellent shape.
-Ohlin's told me there was a test market in Japan for a few years that made Ohlin's shocks in house and made them for several applications, but that Ohlin's USA does not have access to the JDM specifications.
-Performance Shock told me that Ohlin's makes the best shocks on the market, and that these were leaps-and-bounds better than the Tein and BC coilovers I have run on my cars in the past. They also told me that Ohlin's Shocks had several iterations with Pre-PCV, PCV, and DCV (which is what is currently on the market for S2000's etc).

Next, I did some research on the brands. I could not find any evidence anywhere of a Ohlins shock made for the BB6 on Ohlin's website, which matched what Ohlin's USA told me over the phone. I researched Bestex and could not find any evidence of them ever making BB6 springs either, which didn't surprise me either. I did find out through looking at other forums that Bestex are known for making some of the best springs on the market, and are well known for making springs with high spring rates without sacrificing ride comfort. As far as I can tell, both lines have been discontinued for some time.

Anyways, the suspension just arrived today. Upon inspection, they appear to be in excellent shape. I have taken off many suspensions, and unless Japan just has the cleanest roads on earth, I would suspect this suspension to have no more than 10,000 miles on it.

I took down the part numbers on the shocks; however, the springs had no part number stamped on them.
-Front: Ohlin's CT6-S0100-00
-Rear: Ohlin's CT6-S0200-00

They appear to be adjustable, but my questions for the Gurus is how do these adjust? I think these are PCV but have no clue. I want to see if anyone can walk me through how to adjust these. I have set up many BC/Tein, etc, style setups but these look nothing like those. They also appear to be ride height adjustable on the grooves in the shock body.

To help you guys identify these, I took a bunch of pictures:

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