From the moment the eighth-generation Honda Civic first burst onto the scene for the 2006 model year, it was clear that the compact car had all the right stuff to live up to the very high standards set by its forebears. With a reasonably low curb weight, a solid powertrain, and astonishingly good driving dynamics, the eighth-generation Civic set the benchmark for the economical compact car segment. The world took notice, snatching up some 1.5 million of them in just over 5 years.

Naturally, the eighth-generation Honda Civic’s near-perfect combination of affordability, reliability, and surprising sportiness makes it a popular buy for enthusiasts on a budget, and the car enjoys plenty of performance parts support in the vehicle aftermarket. If you’ve read this far, you’re likely either an owner looking for their next performance upgrade, or a prospective buyer wondering what’s out there in the way of performance parts for the eighth-generation Honda Civic.

So, here are ten of the best eighth-generation Honda Civic performance parts available today.

Think we missed something? Let us know in the comments what your favorite Civic performance products are.


1. Injen Short Ram Intake
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Whether or not there’s much a short ram intake can do to unlock any additional power and torque from your motor is still an open debate, but there are at least two other benefits to a short ram intake worth considering: throttle response, and noise. By employing a free-breathing fabric filter and shortening the distance that fresh intake air has to travel to reach the intake ports, a short ram intake can help make every stab at the throttle feel that much more immediate, and more induction noise is always welcome if you’re the kind of driver who tends to shift by sound. Plus, induction noise just sounds cool. While there are plenty of short ram intakes on the market, we like the Injen SP Series intake because it uses an effective, low-maintenance no-oil filter, and like all Injen intakes, the design is tuned specifically for this application. The result is up to 4 extra horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque on the Civic’s base 1.8L, according to the manufacturer – not earth-shattering numbers by any stretch, but a welcome boost nonetheless.
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2. Yonaka Motorsports Catback Exhaust
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Speaking of noise and power, a performance exhaust kit is a great way to unlock more of both – something like this cat-back exhaust system from Yonaka Motorsports. The price-to-quality ratio of this eighth-gen Civic system is off the charts, with mandrel-bent tubing and stainless steel construction at a price to fit almost any budget. Big, 2.5”-diameter tubing gives your Civic a deep, throaty growl with no annoying mid-range rasp, and system represents a substantial visual upgrade, with aggressive, polished 4.25” tips. Will it unlock a bit of extra power and torque? It’s tough to say; a well-designed aftermarket exhaust kit is often good for an extra few horsepower at the top end, and a slightly thicker torque curve throughout the RPM range, but that’s not a given. But if it’s the sensation of speed you’re after, this cat-back exhaust is certainly worth every penny.
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3. Power Stop Z23 Evolution Brake Kit
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The smart performance driver knows that being able to stop is every bit as important as having enough get-up-and-go, and this Power Stop Z23 Evolution brake kit is ready to deliver. Drilled and slotted rotors help dissipate heat and keep the rotor surface clear of debris for reliable braking power, stop after stop, while a set of carbon fiber ceramic brake pads offers outstanding “bite” and friction with minimal dust. Despite their high level of performance, the pads are developed for the street, so you won’t be making your Civic too uncomfortably noisy and irritating for everyday use. With their impressive specs and Power Stop’s legendary name behind them, these brakes are a very worthwhile upgrade.
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4. Enkei RPF1 Wheels
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Wheel designs are largely a matter of personal taste, but we don’t know anyone who would object to a set of Enkei RPF1s. There’s nothing wrong with your Civic’s factory wheels, per se, but moving to a set of lightweight alloys brings with it a couple of big benefits – namely, lower unsprung mass, for quicker suspension reactions, and lower rotating mass, for quicker direction changes and a more nimble feel. In fact, according to Enkei, every pound of weight saved in the wheel is equivalent to about 20 pounds of weight saved throughout the rest of the vehicle in terms of performance. And these things are light – around 15 pounds per wheel, which makes them several pounds lighter than the Civic’s base 15” steel wheels.
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5. Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 Tires
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A car’s ability to stop, go, and turn is only as good as the tires it wears, and if you’re looking for a good high-performance tire you can run year-round at an affordable price, you can’t do much better than the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2. Without getting too into the weeds or waxing poetic about tread compounds and steel reinforcement belts, here are the basics: the Ventus S1 Noble2 was developed to deliver maximum wet- and dry-weather handling performance while still being able to handle itself in the snow. This is achieved with things like carving edge grooves, 3D sipes, and a special hybrid compound-technology silica that combines excellent traction in the wet with a long tread life. If you regularly find yourself dealing with deep snow and icy roads, you might want to have a separate set of proper winter tires. But otherwise, the Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 can pretty much do it all.
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6. Mugen-Style Rear Trunk Wing
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Admittedly, this eighth-gen Civic mod is more about appearances than outright performance, but it earns a spot on our list all the same: a Mugen-style rear wing. Those who live and breathe Honda Civic all certainly know of the Civic Mugen Si – a Mugen-tuned version of Honda’s own sporty Civic Si model, with different wheels, revised suspension, a freer-breathing exhaust, and a distinctive body kit. The hallmark of that body kit is a trunk lid wing that looks much the same as this one, which is made of lightweight ABS plastic and priced literally tens of thousands less than an actual Civic Mugen Si. The fact that it ships bare means that you will, of course, have to spend some time and money painting it before installation. But at such an affordable price, who are we to complain?
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7. TEIN Street Basis Z Coilovers
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Recognized and respected around the world, TEIN is one of the best-known names in aftermarket suspension parts for Japanese-brand automobiles. It’s little wonder, then, how these TEIN Street Basis Z coilovers come to be on our list of the best eighth-generation Honda Civic performance parts. These coilovers are height-adjustable, allowing you to select how much you want to drop your Civic for a lower center of gravity and superior handling, but the damper and spring rates are fixed, meaning you don’t have to go through the daunting process of finding the right rates for street use. Powder-coated in TEIN’s trademark dark green, these coilovers even look good, and they deliver all the benefits of a height-adjustable suspension setup at a price point that’s easy to get behind.
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8. Tanabe Sustec Front Strut Tower Bar
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One of the earliest performance parts that many driving enthusiasts put on their cars is a strut tower brace bar. Why? Because a car’s chassis isn’t a wholly rigid thing; it flexes in response to bumps, dips, and hard cornering, which can momentarily alter the alignment and make your Civic a tad unpredictable. Strut tower bars like this one from Tanabe Sustec tie both sides of your Civic’s chassis together at one of the most critical points, improving rigidity and fighting the tendency toward unpredictable flex. That means more predictable handling at the limit, and quicker, more sure-feeling turn-in – a win-win if there ever was one.
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9. Ultra Racing 19mm Rear Sway Bar
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More than any other type of drivetrain layout, cars of the FF variety (front-engine, front-wheel-drive) have a tendency toward understeer at the limit. And while you’re probably never going to get rid of that entirely, you can at least shift the balance somewhat toward neutral with a stiffer rear sway bar. This Ultra Racing 19mm rear sway bar for the eighth-generation Honda Civic makes our list because it comes from a trusted, reputable brand, and offers performance you can rely on. Made from powder-coated solid steel, the sway bar is substantially stiffer than the factory one, helping limit body roll in the rear and shifting your Civic’s handling balance more in the direction of “playful,” with a rear end more prone to lift-off oversteer. Please enjoy responsibly.
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10. Hardrace Rear Adjustable Camber Arm Kit
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Another good way to get the handling dialed-in on your Civic – and the last item on our list of the best eighth-generation Civic performance parts – is these adjustable rear camber arms from Hardrace. There are cheaper kits available, but when it comes to suspension parts, it’s not worth gambling on components from an unestablished brand. Basically, these camber arms allow you to set the negative camber at the rear of the car, so you can fine-tune the hard-cornering grip and strike the right balance between understeer and oversteer just by turning a few nuts. If you’re going to install these, we suggest adjusting the camber only in small increments; just half-a-degree can have a surprisingly big impact on tire grip. But with the ability to adjust your rear camber as you see fit, that’s yet another tool you’ll have in your performance tool kit to get the most out of your eighth-gen Civic.
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