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The 4 Most Popular Honda Accord Modifications

If you own a 10th-generation Honda Accord, you already know that it’s practical and fun to drive. Very few rivals in its segment have come close to offering such a complete package, and with a few choice mods, you can make your Accord even better. In this article, we pick 4 of the most popular Honda Accord modifications out there to turn a good car into a great one.

Are Honda Accords Good To Modify?

They most definitely are. Accords and Acuras have a huge community of enthusiasts. That’s because even a base Accord is a solid vehicle, and it doesn’t take much to turn it into a far more capable vehicle. And as we all know, Honda's have a long lifespan so they're worth the investment.

Performance Tuning/ECU Remapping

Many Honda Accord enthusiasts opt for performance tuning or ECU (Engine Control Unit) remapping to optimize engine performance. ECU tuning delivers great results on turbocharged engines, as the increased boost can enhance horsepower, torque, and throttle response. Resulting in a more engaging driving experience that can:

  • Be a cost-effective way to get 10-15% more power
  • Smooth out power delivery and improve fuel economy
  • However, it may invalidate your warranty

Performance tuning can be especially rewarding because 2018-2022 Accords come with either a 192hp 1.5-liter or 252hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. You can expect a 10-15% bump in power and torque from both engines without modifying the internals.

Suspension Upgrades

Upgrading the suspension components, such as springs, struts, and sway bars, can improve the vehicle's handling and ride quality. The Accord comes standard with independent suspension front and rear, which is great for cornering and:

  • Gives the car a hunkered-down look
  • Improves cornering and handling
  • However, the ride quality may suffer

Lowering springs and upgraded shocks will enhance its handling even further and give it a more aggressive look. Going too aggressive with the suspension setup can ruin the ride, so make sure you are happy with the compromise.

Aftermarket Wheels and Tires

A set of aftermarket wheels can really make your Accord stand out from the crowd. Aside from adding some visual flair, wide wheels with low-profile rubber will increase grip levels and:

  • Enhance looks
  • Help improve traction
  • However, larger wheels can make the ride a bit rougher

As with the suspension upgrades, make sure that you don’t go too overboard. Thin sidewalls and massive rims can make the ride very hard. It’s also advisable to upgrade the suspension and wheels at the same time; this will ensure that they work well together.

Exhaust System Upgrades

The stock Honda Accord exhaust system is designed for quiet and unobtrusive sound. If you want to get the most out of your Accord, you’ll need to fit a free-flowing aftermarket exhaust that will:

  • Add a great exhaust sound – but will drone unless you choose Thermal R&D
  • Increase power and reduce fuel consumption
  • However, only the best exhausts deliver results

A good aftermarket exhaust should deliver an enhanced exhaust note and better performance than a stock system. All the while meeting emissions and safety standards. And most of all, it should fade into the background when cruising.

Thermal R&D exhausts tick all those boxes. They are built with Drone Free True Helmholtz Technology, which means you get the enhanced exhaust sound without the drone. We have exhaust systems specifically developed for the Accord. They don’t interfere with catalytic converters, and we have systems for both the 1.5- and 2.0-liter Accord. Our specialized Honda Accord exhaust offerings include:

Thermal R&D Builds Quality Drone-Free Exhaust Systems

All of our exhaust systems come with a lifetime warranty and are made from durable, premium-quality materials. Thermal R&D exhausts are designed with Drone Free True Helmholtz Technology. This eliminates the pesky drone you get in most aftermarket systems - and we develop each exhaust to work with a specific make and model.

Our team of talented fabricators and finishers build exhaust systems in the USA to fit a wide variety of cars and trucks. Including popular enthusiast models and smaller niche vehicles other companies won't touch. Call our team at or get in touch online if you have any questions - we're glad to help.

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