When it comes to modding your Ford Mustang, customizing the suspension is often one of the first modifications that comes to mind. Many Mustang owners choose to add lowering springs to lower their vehicle. Lowering springs are budget friendly and relatively easy to install. However, they do not allow for the ease of adjustability that air suspension has.
With air suspension, you can raise or lower your Mustang at the press of a button. This allows you to get the best stance at all times. Air out in the parking lot and air back up when you are ready to hit the road. Air suspension also provides one of the most comfortable ride qualities when compared to lowering springs and coilovers. Today, we are going to look at exactly what you need to add air suspension to a Ford Mustang.
Do Ford Mustangs Have Air Suspension?
Ford Mustangs do not have air suspension from the factory. In fact, they are going to feature either a spring perch, strut, and shock design, or a MacPhearson strut design, depending on what year Mustang you have. When you get into higher-end Mustangs such as the GT350, you will run into Magneride suspension, but those are few and far between.
What Do I Need To Add Air Suspension To My Mustang?
In order to add air suspension to a Mustang, you are going to need to completely replace the factory suspension. Depending on how complex your system is, some custom fabrication may be needed, but that is usually in the event you want custom plumbing or mounting done. Let’s take a look at the basic air suspension components for a Ford Mustang.
Starting off our list is going to be the air compressor. The air compressor in an air suspension system takes in outside air and compresses it to be sent off to your air tank. AccuAir offers only the best in the business, VIAIR, to ensure that your air suspension system gets all of the air it needs without delays in delivery. Choose from one of two compressor kits depending on your specific setup and air suspension needs.
Next is going to be your air tank. The air tank is going to store all of the compressed air until it is ready to be sent to your air struts. Air tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes with the most common being a 5 gallon air tank. AccuAir has a full line of ENDO tanks that are built to last and be a modular solution for upgrades later down the road.
From your air tank, the compressed air will need to travel to each of your air struts. The air is transported to each air strut through air lines that are routed from your valve manifold to each strut. AccuAir offers high-quality air line in quantities of 50 feet to allow you to run just about any setup your heart desires.
A valve manifold for air suspension is the heart of any air suspension system. The valve manifold electronically controls the air delivery in your system. It is usually made up of an aluminum block with electronic solenoids, valves, and ¼” fittings to allow for an easy installation. The biggest thing to look for here is whether you need a 2 or 4 corner unit, the quality of the manifold as it may be exposed to the elements, and the way that it connects to your system.
At the heart of any good air suspension system is a great management system. Air suspension management systems are our specialty here at AccuAir and we provide some of the most technologically advanced management systems in the industry. Our design team continuously raises the bar in both design and usability. From wired, in-car setups to more advanced wireless controllers and app-controlled systems, you can get exactly what you need for your air suspension system here at AccuAir.
When swapping over to air suspension, you are going to need to replace your factory springs, shocks, and struts with air shocks/struts. These air shocks are going to bolt in the same location as your factory components, but have an all-in-one configuration, similar to a coil-over. An air shock is a shock that has an air spring, a rubber bladder, that inflates and deflates to raise and lower your vehicle. Unlike other air suspension components, this will be the only item on the list that is vehicle specific.
Since compressed air causes moisture buildup, many air suspension systems will need a water trap or filter to ensure water is not getting in your tank or air lines. Moisture build-up in air suspension tanks can cause rust from the inside out on lesser quality air tanks. AccuAir's ENDO tanks are made to resist corrosion and protect against rust. Installing a water trap or filter is cheap insurance to ensure your air lines stay free of water and moisture, especially for those who live in areas where temperatures get below freezing.
Last but not least, ride height sensors are a great upgrade for air suspension systems. Ride height sensors will allow you to find out exactly how high your vehicle is and allow you to program pre-set ride heights for quick, one-button activation to your favorite ride heights. Long gone are the days of having to pulse your switches to get to the perfect stance. Add a set of ride height sensors to keep things easy and convenient.
Air Suspension Management For Ford Mustang
If you are looking for the highest-quality air suspension for Ford Mustangs, look no further than AccuAir. AccuAir designs and manufactures some of the best air suspension components in the industry. Our team is happy to help you build out a system and recommend components that fit your specific build budget and needs. Give us a call or email our team today to get your Ford Mustang air suspension kit built out.