Built with the car enthusiast in mind, the Ford Fiesta ST was destined for aftermarket greatness since its release. With a focus on tuning and handling, the engineers at Ford really brought performance to the forefront with the ST. While many Fiesta ST owners focused on track performance, many chose to make them car show-winning vehicles, adding modification after modification. For many, air suspension was the way to go as it gave them the ability to fine tune their ride height for the perfect look. Today, we are going to show you everything you need to build your own air suspension kit for the Ford Fiesta ST.
Does the Ford Fiesta ST Have Air Suspension?
Although the Fiesta ST had many great performance options from the factory, air suspension was not one of them. Since Ford’ focus was primarily on making a vehicle that was capable of spirited driving while appealing to everyday commuters, air suspension was not on their radar. Instead, Ford added a performance set of struts, shocks, and springs to make the Fiesta ST handle better than its lower model brothers.
What Do I Need To Add Air Suspension To My Ford Fiesta ST?
For those wanting to bag an Fiesta ST, you can choose from a ready-to-install kit, or piece together a kit to get the specific, high-quality components you want. At AccuAir, we have put together this article to allow you to build out your own Fiesta ST kit using the best components.
The air compressor in your air suspension system is responsible for supplying your entire system with air. The air compressor takes outside air, compresses it, and sends it to your air tank to be stored until you need it. Depending on your setup and preferences, you can choose between one or two compressors for your setup. Our VIAIR Dual 485C air compressor kit makes it quicker to get a steady supply of air for your suspension system.
Next, you are going to need an air tank that is adequately sized for your air demands. Air tanks store compressed air to allow you to use your system when you want it, as often as you want it. These air tanks come in various shapes and sizes to conform to the needs of your specific vehicle. At AccuAir, we have developed our own line of air tanks called ENDO tanks. These tanks are made from high-quality aluminum to eliminate the risk of rust. They are also modular, allowing you to upgrade later down the line if you need to.
Since your air suspension system needs air to operate, you will need to get air to each component. This is where air lines come into play. Each component of your air suspension system is connected with air lines that are ran throughout your vehicle. Most all-in-one-kits come with air lines, but if you are building your own kit, you can choose our AccuAir 50ft air line kit to get your entire system plumbed.
The valve manifold in an air suspension system is responsible for allowing air to be sent to your air struts when needed. A valve manifold is a block that features electronic valves that open and close when a button is pushed on your air management system. Once pushed, the selected valve opens up, allowing air to flow to your air strut, raising the vehicle.
No good air suspension system is complete without an air management system to match. Air management systems allow you to quickly and easily adjust and watch your air suspension from inside your car, or even from your phone. At AccuAir, we take our air management pretty seriously. That is why we have spent years researching and developing the best air management systems on the market.
The air struts in an air suspension system are the only component that replaces currency components on your car and are vehicle specific. Air struts replace your factory shocks/struts/springs with struts that feature air bladders instead of springs to raise and lower your vehicle as they inflate and deflate.
Since we are dealing with compressed air in air suspension systems, you will need to consider moisture. In any compressed air system, moisture can build from the heating and cooling of the air. What this means for air suspension systems is rust in steel air tanks, damage to electronic components, and potential freezing of air lines in harsh climates. Adding a water trap or filter can help to capture this moisture before it becomes a problem in your system.
Although they are not a necessity for an operating air suspension system, ride height sensors will make things much easier when you are raising or lowering your vehicle. Ride height sensors measure exactly where your vehicle is in relation to the ground, giving you real-time metrics on how high or low your vehicle is. This also allows for you to pre-set heights for one-touch air outs and air ups. This eliminates the need to constantly pulse your system to get to your desired height.
Air Suspension Management For Ford Fiesta ST
If you are looking to build an air suspension kit for your Ford Fiesta ST, look no further than AccuAir. Our team is dedicated to building the best air suspension components with the highest quality materials. Our team can help you build your own kit in order to get everything you need to bag your Fiesta ST.