One of the most modded vehicles in the car industry is the Honda Civic. Whether you remember driving one in high school or seeing 3 black Honda Civics with green underglow in the first Fast & The Furious, chances are, you know that the Civic is a staple in the car community. From simple modifications to full-on bagged Civics, Honda owners have taken these cars from mild to wild for years. Today, we are going to look at bagging a Honda Civic. We will review what you need to add air suspension to a Honda Civic and how AccuAir can help get the job done.
Do Honda Civics Have Air Suspension?
At the time of this article, Honda has not used air suspension as a factory suspension setup on the Civic lineup. Most Civics are going to use a traditional MacPhearson set up which includes shocks, struts, and coil springs. These are included from the factory to provide a reliable and comfortable ride that is easily maintained.
What Do I Need To Add Air Suspension To My Honda Civic?
For those who want to bag a Honda Civic, there are going to be two routes you can take. You can purchase kits that include everything you need such as an AccuAir air suspension kit and the correct, vehicle-specific air struts, or you can piece together each part to customize a kit for a more intricate kit. If you are going to piece together a kit, we have put together a quick list of all of the needed components for a Honda Civic air suspension kit.
While you can purchase any part of your air suspension at any time when you are piecing together a kit, your air compressor is going to be the source of air in your system. The air compressor does exactly what it sounds like - compresses air. At AccuAir, we offer only the highest quality air compressors from VIAIR to provide you with a long-lasting, reliable air compressor. The air compressor will most likely be mounted in your trunk and will need a source of power from a battery to turn on and start compressing air.
Once the air has been compressed, it will need to be stored for you to use it on demand. An air suspension air tank will be needed to store this air and offer you enough air to air up when needed. AccuAir offers a high-quality lineup of air tanks called ENDO air tanks. These tanks are offered in 3-gallon and 5-gallon options to form fit your specific vehicle and air suspension needs.
Air lines are what carry your air from your air tank to each air strut. Air lines are run from the air compressor to the air tank, the air tank to the manifold, and from the manifold to the air struts. When ordering air line, you will want to get more than you think you will need as you will have to measure and cut this air line to fit your specific application.
The valve manifold in an air suspension system is responsible for distributing the air in your system by receiving an electronic signal from the management system. Each time you make an adjustment to your air system, a switch opens to let air in or out of each strut, controlling how high or low your vehicle is. Manifolds are available in 2 or 4 corner units, depending on if you have a rear only or 4 corner setup.
In order to control your air suspension system, you are going to need a good management system. Air suspension management systems come in a variety of options. For the old school guys, manual switches were used for years for simple setups. Thanks to new technology and manufacturing from AccuAir, you can get wireless and Bluetooth technology air management systems to control your system at the touch of your button or from your smartphone. The air management system tells your manifold how much air to send or remove from each air strut to get the perfect stance.
When converting a Honda Civic to air suspension, you are going to need to replace your factory shock, strut, and coil spring setup for air struts. Air struts are very similar to a shock and spring assembly, however, instead of a steel spring, you will have a rubber bladder that inflates with air to raise the car and deflates to lower the car. These are vehicle specific, so you will need to make sure you are purchasing the correct kit. This is the only part of an air suspension that will not be universal.
Since you will be dealing with compressed air, you will need to consider condensation buildup in your system. By nature, compressed air can cause condensation with changing temperatures, and this can cause problems if it makes it through your system. Installing a water filter or water trap can help catch any condensation before it reaches any sensitive components.
Ride height sensors are not necessary on a basic Honda Civic air suspension kit, but here at AccuAir, we highly suggest it. A ride height sensor will allow you to pre-program certain presets to allow you to get to your favorite stance at the push of a button. Instead of pulsing your switches to find that one ride height you always love, you can simply program it in your AccuAir management system with ride height sensors and be good to go.
Honda Civic Air Suspension Kits At AccuAir
If you are ready to take your Honda Civic 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 Civic 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.