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Pothole Damage? What to do!

Pothole Damage? What to do!

Repairs
On Friday night May 24th around 7:30PM I was headed home with my kids from a dinner on the plaza.  It was getting dark and it was raining.  We were proceeding south on Ward Parkway and upon crossing the intersection at Belleview there was suddenly a BAM BAM and the entire right side of the car dropped into a pothole with both the front and rear tires.   I did not see the pothole because it was filled with water from the rain and it was getting dark, along with no car in front of me to possibly alert me to…
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Wireless Charging for the Model 3

Wireless Charging for the Model 3

Accessories, Do It Yourself , ,
We all like to think we have patience but I know that often times I do not.  This is one of those times were patience paid off.   What do I mean?  I mean that when I purchased my first Model 3 in February of 2018 I was interested in having some sort of wireless charging solution for my phone.  ( I have Samsung, my kids have Apple, both have the ability)   I looked around and found a few solutions but most were cobbled together by the usual Model 3 aftermarket suppliers that were trying to come up with something.  Some…
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Repairing your Tesla Bodywork

Repairing your Tesla Bodywork

Repairs ,
In late December I went to Crown Center to see my daughter perform at a choir recital just before Christmas.  When I arrived at the Crown Center parking garage I parked with a concrete pole to my left and a minivan to my right.  My thought process was that no one could ding my doors on the left due to the pole and the minivan has sliding doors so that shouldn't be a problem either assuming the driver was careful.   I was inside Crown Center for about 90 minutes and when I came out I was carrying some holiday packages…
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Composite Under Body Cover Inspection and Replacement

Composite Under Body Cover Inspection and Replacement

Do It Yourself, Repairs, Technical , , ,
TLDR; Underbody composite material fails because bolts can rattle loose and cover absorbs water and can act as air/water scoop. Check bolts for tightness and apply thread lock to bolts and consider applying NeverWet to prevent water absorption. There is a composite fabric under body cover that appears to have multiple issues that can lead to failure. Take a moment and check the existence and tightness of the bolts holding the composite cover under your vehicle. I was not aware this was even an issue until my cover failed. My cover failed in only 4 months of ownership and under…
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Winter Wheels and Tires – Model 3 Performance

Winter Wheels and Tires – Model 3 Performance

Do It Yourself, Modifications
One of the great things about the Model 3 Performance version is that it comes with some good sticky high performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on 20" wheels if you originally opted for the Performance Plus package (now included with all Performance models).  However, these tires are not the best for winter driving, in fact Michelin doesn't recommend you use them below 40 degrees as the rubber used in the tires gets hard and grip is further reduced.  If you couple that with a tread design that has no siping or grooves for getting traction on snow or ice…
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TOC KC License Plate Frame

TOC KC License Plate Frame

Accessories, Do It Yourself, Group Buy Items
We have some new license plate frame options available to members of the Tesla Owners Club of Kansas City.   These are custom made solid stainless steel license plate frame (not plastic like the factory ones) and come in a variety of finishes (polished, powder coated, etc.)   We can get a discount on these plate frames if we order in bulk, which means we'd like to submit everyone's order at the same time.   I believe we need a minimum of 10 for a discount so if you'd like to get one or more plate frames (can be different…
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Model 3 At the Track

Model 3 At the Track

Track Events
Video Here: https://youtu.be/ztyCpNkXFqU I took the Model 3 to the track yesterday for some real laps, not follow-the-leader laps, but real hard runs as I would with the GT4 or any other car.   The first run out I managed to get 5 laps out of the car before I received a high brake temp warning and brought the car in.  I had the car completely stock, including stock tire pressures.  Suffice it to say that the Model 3 in stock form isn't really design to be a track car, but as some aftermarket tuning companies have shown, it could be…
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Tuxmats for the Model 3

Tuxmats for the Model 3

Clean and Protect, Do It Yourself, Modifications
I am a bit surprised that there aren't more all season floor mat options for the Model 3.  Usually aftermarket suppliers get cars early so or are allowed access to cars to take measurements etc. so that by the time the car is in the market there are items available for it.  So why has it been so hard to find good mats for the Model 3?  I don't know why, but I do know that there is now a good set of mats available from a company called Tuxmat.   A local Model 3 owner received one of their first…
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Model 3 Light Upgrade

Model 3 Light Upgrade

Do It Yourself, Modifications
One of the upgrades I made to my Model S last year was to swap out the rather dim factory LED lights with brighter units from Abstract Ocean. I found these lights to be a real benefit for seeing what was in the trunk of my Model S at night as well as the brighter puddle lights on the bottom of the doors we helpful to passengers getting in and out of the car. I wanted the same thing for my Model 3 (I should have swapped out my lights before trading in my Model S as they are the…
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High Speed Phone Charging

High Speed Phone Charging

Do It Yourself, Technical
One of the nice things about the Model 3 is that it comes with 2 spots in the forward section of the center console where you can charge phones by plugging them into the connectors that stick up from the black bottom bar. (There are also wireless solutions that replace the connectors with pads behind the rubber mat) Unfortunately, both the wired and wireless solutions rely on the USB ports for charging power that are hidden just below the panel where the phones rest. For me, this posed 2 problems. First, I was using one of those USB ports for…
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