It’s no secret that Tesla has changed the game for the EV market. The team at Tesla has made EVs sexy and powerful, opening up their lineup to a whole new market. The Tesla Model Y brought new life to electric vehicles by offering rain, snow, mud, and off-road capabilities. Tesla’s all-wheel drive program is equipped with two ultra-responsive, independent electric motors that digitally control torque to the front and rear wheels. While the Tesla engineers had built one badass EV, enthusiasts quickly started to modify them to make them their own. In pure car enthusiast fashion, many turned to air suspension to bag their Tesla Model Y.
Do Tesla Model Ys Have Air Suspension?
Sadly, the Model Y did not get the adaptive air suspension that is found on the Model S. The Model Y is equipped with a spring-on strut, MacPhearson-style setup that was designed for on and off-road performance.
What Do I Need To Add Air Suspension To My Model Y?
In order to bag a Tesla Model Y, you are going to have to replace your factory suspension with air suspension components. This will require the use of Tesla Model Y air struts and an air suspension management kit. When it comes to air suspension kits, you can choose a fully built-out kit or you can piece together all of the components to get exactly what you want for your air system. Today, we will look at what you need to complete your air suspension kit.
First, we will start with the first step in an air suspension system, the air compressor. The air suspension air compressor is responsible for compressing the surrounding air to be used in your air suspension system. At AccuAir, we offer only the best of the best, which is why we are proud to offer VIAIR air compressors.VIAIR is the leading air suspension compressor manufacturer and our dual compressor kits will give you all of the air you need for your system.
From the air compressor, your compressed air goes to the air tank. The air suspension air tank stores compressed air until you are ready to air up. Air suspension tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes with the most popular sizes being 3 and 5-gallon tanks. AccuAir produces some of the highest quality air tanks on the market under the ENDO air tank line. These air tanks are made from aluminum to prevent rusting and have upgraded features not found on most air tanks on the market.
In order to get air from your compressor to your air tank and from your air tank to your air struts, you are going to need plenty of air suspension air line. AccuAir’s ⅜” DOT air line comes in a 50-foot role, which is plenty to get your entire vehicle plumbed and ready to roll.
A valve manifold is what is used to meter air through your air suspension system to send air to each air strut. The valve manifold is an electronically controlled manifold with solenoids that open and close at the push of a button. It mounts between your air tank and air struts and will come with a wiring harness for a plug-and-play installation.
To control your air suspension system, you are going to need an air suspension management system to make things easier. While there are options to go with manual switches, an electronic air suspension management system from AccuAir will simplify your air suspension system. AccuAir’s selection of air management systems allows you to choose from standard features and upgraded ECUs for wireless, BlueTooth, and preset ride height capabilities.
In order to convert your Model Y to air suspension, you will need to replace your factory shocks, struts, and springs with air struts. Air struts are the only component in an air suspension system that will be vehicle-specific as they are built to directly replace your OEM components with no modifications necessary. At AccuAir, we are proud to offer Universal Air Suspension Tesla Model 3/& Air Struts. These air struts are part of Universal Air Suspension’s Solution Series. The Solution Series is a vehicle-specific, complete air spring, and strut package that increases comfort boosts performance and fits perfectly. Engineered by specialists with a minimum of 15 years of air suspension experience in the Custom Car Industry.
Since air suspension systems use compressed air, you will have a risk of developing moisture in your system. As compressed air cools, condensation is formed in your air tank. Running a steel tank can lead to rust over time, destroying your air tank and other system components. If you run an aluminum tank, you won’t get rust, but this water can travel into your air lines and your valve manifold. To prevent moisture from entering your system, you can install a water trap or filter after the air tank to catch the water droplets to collect and dispose of properly.
Ride Height Sensors
While ride height sensors are not necessary for a functioning air suspension system, they make life much easier. An air suspension ride height sensor is a sensor that is installed on a vehicle with air suspension to monitor the height at which the vehicle is currently sitting. Heigh sensors allow users to easily get to pre-set heights at the push of a button. This enables you to get to your favorite ride height without having to pulse your switch to fine-tune your suspension whenever you want to air out or up.
Air Suspension Management For Tesla Model Y
If you are ready to take your Model Y to the next level, literally, AccuAir can help get you the best air suspension system available. With a large catalog of high-quality air suspension components, our team can help you build the best Tesla Model Y air suspension kit that meets your budget and functional needs. Give us a call today or shoot us an email to talk to one of our air suspension specialists.