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  1. Blue in NC

    Tesla Model 3 Roof Rack – J-Bolt securing the rack snapped

    Thanks for the update. I will sit tight for now, mine shipped in Dec and no reason for me to think that the J-bolts are not fine but it still feels like Yakima should be providing replacements for all considering the relatively low cost.
  2. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    I am not disagreeing with your take but I can't imagine they will not offer replacements to everyone. What you say makes sense but given the low cost of a replacement, the added functionality of the longer clips and mostly the peace of mind from making sure (because if they are wrong the...
  3. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    I am confused. I am a rack owner. It seems we have identified that the clips are clearly at fault and that the rest of the rack appears to be fine. Also, it seems that Yakima, a very experienced rack seller, is producing the racks and clips. Even though it wasn't the quickest response, given...
  4. Blue in NC

    Tesla Model 3 Roof Rack – J-Bolt securing the rack snapped

    I just left my stickers on. Sure, I have a few bubbles in mine and you notice it if you are looking but it's not so bad. But yes, it would be nice to have a replacement sticker lined up if I need it.
  5. Blue in NC

    3D Maxpider Kagu Mats for Model 3

    I would be interested in this also.
  6. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    I also checked my install video (detail starting about 2:25 of the video) and I have the J-hooks without the notch. I received the rack on Dec 30/31. The rack is off right now but I plan to put it on later this week/weekend. I will certainly be paying more attention to installation this time...
  7. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    Sorry to hear that. Were the bars loaded up or it just broke with no load?
  8. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    I got mine at the end of 2018 (Dec 31 I think) so not the first batch but an earlier batch compared to the more recent Feb shipments. I have had the rack off for a month now but I will be carefully inspecting the clips when I re-install and this concern may keep me from using it at all. It...
  9. Blue in NC

    Traffic Aware Cruise Control (TACC) should be standard free of cost - Let's vote and make Elon Hear

    But everyone should understand that if Tesla ever "enables it for free" on all cars than those that paid $5K for it will demand refunds. Tesla has already set a very bad precedent with refunds on the performance package and this would be a much more compelling case for refund. That could have...
  10. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    Given the importance of this item and the relative small cost and size, Tesla should been able to make a very strong replacement J-clip (Grade 8? stainless steel?) and ship out replacements for maybe five dollars per rack. Given the $450 price tag, that certainly seems doable.
  11. Blue in NC

    TeslaCam Instructions and Observations

    That has not been my experience but I have not gone back to test it. Usually if I am driving and something happens, it hit the record button within 5 or 10 seconds of the event then I keep driving. My files are fine and have not been corrupted. But maybe something has changed recently.
  12. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    There are only four clips, they are relatively small and simple. It should be easy to make a rock solid clip. Not sure what's going on here. I didn't have any problem with mine but I am going to re-examine my clips for any signs of problems. I didn't seem like the metal was substandard in...
  13. Blue in NC

    Model 3 Roof Rack Options

    I get some minimal amount of wind "whooshing" but that is to be expected with a rack, especially with a glass roof. Nothing I can't live with and I am generally happy with the overall amount of "wind turbulence" noise. I also am getting some periodic whistling and that is bothering me more...
  14. Blue in NC

    Model 3 Roof Rack Options

    In case these are helpful to anyone...
  15. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    Yes, that is concerning. I did mine just by hand tightening but metal clips breaking is not good at all. Surprising since the nuts and other hardware seem to be high qualify pieces. I took my rack off for a few weeks but with any luck, might be re-installing it this weekend.
  16. Blue in NC

    Model 3 Roof Rack Options

    Just adding a few photos with a bike on top and one with the kayak J-hooks attached. I was going to put the kayak up but it was just too dang cold this weekend.
  17. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    Agreed. On the other hand, there are some really nice touches that I should mention. 1. The locks are internal, not ugly and not exposed to the elements. Makes for a very sleek, "factory" look and no bars that extend beyond the connection points. 2. The cross bars, wing nuts and other pieces...
  18. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    To be honest I had not seen the picture above showing the metal clip and it is barely mentioned in the install guide. So I was not clear how it was designed exactly. I feel these Tesla should have done a better job illustrating this clip in the install guide. If not, I hope that the clip is...
  19. Blue in NC

    Installing the official Tesla model 3 roof rack

    Thanks to everyone for the great information. I posted my install video in another thread but I guess I will put it here also in case it helps:
  20. Blue in NC

    Model 3 Roof Rack Options

    Nice video. I got my rack on Monday and posted a short install video (although not as comprehensive as yours):
  21. Blue in NC

    Model 3 Roof Rack Options

    Thanks. This information is disappointing but very helpful. I have to think that in time a third party will come up with an alternative solution, especially if the Tesla version is never in stock.
  22. Blue in NC

    Full Self Driving Price - $4K upgrade no longer honored?

    When they make the hardware upgrade available, I will probably purchase the FSD option. And yes, I am fully expecting Tesla to honor the $4K price. I purchased my Model 3 with the option of (a) buying FSD for $3k at delivery, or (b) buying FSD after delivery for $4k. I intend to exercise...
  23. Blue in NC

    Console Wrap Experiences

    I have no experience with the Xpel. I had no install problems with the Kenriko carbon fiber. It was easier (and I had to be less exact) than I expected. However, it's possible that the carbon fiber is easier to work with. It was thicker than I was expecting so it seemed easy to work with and...
  24. Blue in NC

    Mods on my 3

    No, they just stay on. You only have to remove the center cap to put the Aeros on. Most people use a suction cup for that. I have a suction cup but I prefer a different (less elegant) method. First, I drilled a small hole in each of the caps just above the "T" - it's small and only...
  25. Blue in NC

    Mods on my 3

    I do the same with mine and I really like having the choice to change the look very easily plus getting the Aero benefit on trips. I am very happy with the standard wheels.
  26. Blue in NC

    Console Wrap Experiences

    I have the Kenriko black carbon fiber, I watched the video, then the install took less than one hour and was relatively easy. I am very happy with the results.
  27. Blue in NC

    Ride Quality of Model 3 Perf w/ 20s vs. LR RWD on 18s?

    FWIW, I just had a Model X P90 for 6 days (ride height set to Low) while my Model 3 was in the shop and I feel that neither was "better" than the other, just different. The Model X is much heavier and doesn't get jolted as much by bumps, some of which is probably just that it's a much heavier...
  28. Blue in NC

    Ride Quality of Model 3 Perf w/ 20s vs. LR RWD on 18s?

    The LR Model 3 you rented likely had the firmer suspension of the early versions that has since been changed so that may not represent current LR models.
  29. Blue in NC

    3D Maxpider Kagu Mats for Model 3

    I ordered originally on 7/21.
  30. Blue in NC

    Removing rear shelf

    I don't know but I also have a small, pencil-eraser sized piece of foam in mine. I am asking Tesla about it because I am taking mine in for another issue.
  31. Blue in NC

    3D Maxpider Kagu Mats for Model 3

    I got a notification that mine shipped out on Friday (from Auto Anything) and will be delivered on Wed. so it looks like we are getting some movement.
  32. Blue in NC

    3D Maxpider Kagu Mats for Model 3

    Mine is also still showing 8/22.
  33. Blue in NC

    2018.28.2 e3592d9 software update

    I hope these "butt dyno" reports are correct. I got 28.2 this morning and now I am ready to get back out and check.
  34. Blue in NC

    Weathertech vs Tesla. Who has compared Model 3 cargo mats?

    It's possible and I don't have the frunk mat so take that FWIW, but isn't it a pretty small mat? $70 already seems decently pricey for basically a luggage sized rubber mat. The rear one at $130 I can understand because that's a much larger piece. Just an observation.
  35. Blue in NC

    Weathertech vs Tesla. Who has compared Model 3 cargo mats?

    By the way, I think you have that wrong. By your links (and my understanding), it's the Tesla frunk mat that is cheaper. So you would be paying more for WeatherTech.
  36. Blue in NC

    Another Roof Tinting Question

    You would have to ask them. I only looked at the heat and light rejection stats not the branding. I did 40% on the sides and 70% on the rear as a reference.
  37. Blue in NC

    Two weeks of ownership - few thoughts

    Totally agree on the frunk. I would be a great feature especially with the grocery hooks but because it's a pain to close, I rarely use it.
  38. Blue in NC

    Quick Poll, How many RWD owners would have waited for the AWD/

    I think one "problem" is that there was no hint of specs or really cost. All we had was "about 6 months or so and less than $5K." In my case, I thought AWD would probably shave .3 seconds and would be $5K. Had I known it would be .6 seconds and $4k (at one point), I might have waited. That...
  39. Blue in NC

    To tint back/top window or not

    FWIW, I had the rear glass tinted (one piece) with 70%. Thread here. "I've had it for about a month and no problems at all. As I mentioned, I initially regretted a bit going with 70% rear instead of 50% because it's not as "private" from the very rear on the outside. After having it a month, I...
  40. Blue in NC

    Another Roof Tinting Question

    I had mine done at TintWorld in Cary. Originally I went to TVP Auto and I think they do good work but they are being cautious about doing full, one piece tints on the rear window so I went to TintWorld. I've had it for about a month and no problems at all. As I mentioned, I initially...
  41. Blue in NC

    What about the tow hitch?

    Not saying this is the reason but sometimes it's because of things like the Model 3 is more of a "normal" mass market car while the S is more of a luxury item and sometimes utilitarian things like tow hitches would be aimed at the mass market. Of course the X is hardly mass market but that's an...
  42. Blue in NC

    18 vs 19 inch wheels? Help please

    FWIW, I haven't had the 4S Tires but I did have the A/S 3+ on my last car (BMW 328i) and found them to be a huge improvement. They were my favorite set of tires so far so I am sure the 4S are outstanding.
  43. Blue in NC

    Vendor Tesla Model 3 Seat Upgrade Interior Kit

    Thanks for sharing this, it is "ultra" helpful. I am really on the fence about doing the replacement and if I do, whether to go perforated or not. If you have a chance, I would love to see more pictures. And hear your impressions of the perforated vs solid decision. E.g. is the perforated...
  44. Blue in NC

    Secret word for configuring Homelink?

    Good post. One of my two openers worked right away. The other one didn't (they are the same brand and age). It was only days later that I got the second one to register by kneeling down and holding it relatively close towards the bumper. I can't explain why one worked standing, relatively...
  45. Blue in NC

    Torklift EcoHitch

    How easy is this to install? I have installed hitches before on SUVs but that did not involve pulling off the bumper and frankly I am a bit nervous about that. Maybe I will just hire a shop to do it.
  46. Blue in NC

    Not getting paint protection film for your Model 3?

    I was not intending to do PPF but after a road trip with a minor rock chip near the headlight and tons of bugs planted on the front bumper, I reluctantly changed my mind and put Suntek full hood, front bumper, mirrors and headlights. For now, I am holding off on ceramic coating since I put...
  47. Blue in NC

    Another Roof Tinting Question

    I went 40% ceramic on the sides and 70% ceramic on the back glass. From the outside, you can definitely tell that the lowest part of the rear glass (the previously untinted part) is much lighter than the sides but of course it's lightly tinted and you still see the transition area so it looks...
  48. Blue in NC

    Another Roof Tinting Question

    These are not the best, just quick shots from my phone. Driver's glass on the right and rear glass with added 70% ceramic on the left.
  49. Blue in NC

    Vendor Tesla Model 3 Seat Upgrade Interior Kit

    Thanks. Can you compare the quality of the material vs stock? Although I know you got the leather and I would be going with the "vegan" if I went with white seats. Are you completely happy with the change and feel it was money well spent?
  50. Blue in NC

    Another Roof Tinting Question

    Correct, the whole rear glass, one sheet, 70% ceramic (did 40% ceramic on the side windows). Nothing on the glass over the driver. I can always decide to do that later if I am seeing a big heat difference. I will get some pics up, just got it back last night.

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