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3rd party install RFS (Rear Facing Seats)

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by seclinton, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. seclinton

    seclinton Member

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    Perhaps I'm not the first, but perhaps I am.
    Confirmed that I will be adding the RFS to my Model S while its in repair from an accident.

    My question, has anyone else used a certified Tesla repair center to retrofit the RFS in a Model S? I'll be doing this to the tune of $3,257.39. Very low labor charge due to the car being apart and a simplish install process

    Brooks Motor Cars of Fremont (and Oakland) got the kit price from Tesla service, inclusive of:
    - Center console seat tracks
    - Inner quarter panel switch and trim (for passenger trunk release)
    - Rear bumper reinforcement ($125 part, this should be an option regardless to add)
    - Various bezels, nuts, bolts, & covers

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  2. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    I was a little worried coming into this thread that it's going to be some Joe Shmoe on the corner doing the install, but this seems very reasonable.
     
  3. seclinton

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    Nope, this is a certified repair shop in Fremont (with body center work facility in Oakland using Tesla's Alignment jigs for disassembly, welding, and checking to factory specs). As I noted, Elon himself brings his cars there. Also, the factory takes vehicles for example damaged during shipping to repair cosmetics. I'm what was called a "tow-in"; a one off non-customized repair job. Along with being a certified Tesla repair center, they work on exotic customs and some competition racers.

    If Tesla the company trusts them and is willing to allow the sale and install, I have no reason to question it.

    But yeah, based on the BOM, I wouldn't want just anyone doing this, although in truth, it's not a difficult retrofit at all.
     
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  4. jaguar36

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    So its $750 cheaper to have the body shop install them, then to have Tesla install them in the factory. o_O
     
  5. seclinton

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    yeah I guess so. Didn't ask the factory for a quote or schedule knowing how long service appointments can be for elective surgery.

    So full reconstructive surgery. All new front end body panels and hood, new bumper cover and nose cone; a little butt work on the rear end, replace the right hip; a butt tuck and Botox to stiffen her bum a bit. so let's pack some junk in the trunk. Effectively except for the glass and doors, almost all new around the outside, good bye charging cable hood scratches too.

    And hey, $750 cheaper is something isn't it?
     
  6. Looking-for-S

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    Thanks for posting all this. Don't have rear jump seats, but have been thinking that if I ever take my rear bumper cover off, I was going to upgrade to the higher strength /higher dissipation bumper in this kit. Good to know the part number and price...
     
  7. bobbygwald

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    What year is your Model S? Have they finished the install? Did it go well? Very interested in adding RFS so looking at this as option. Thx
     
  8. seclinton

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    My Model S
    -2013 P85; serial 10,xxx
    - install completed and car was returned to me on 3/10
    - no issues at all, back of seat latch hooks are flush with the seat back. I expected to see a plastic surround or other there; but it's basically a neatly cut square in the carpet to expose the hooks.but really it's fine. I'm going to ask the SC if there's a surround for it



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    - reinforced bumper, the light gray part $125, the black bumper, mounted on the new rear body panel
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  9. seclinton

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    Yikes. Tesla doesn't sell the latch surround on the seatback. They want $1300 for a new LHS back seat? Umm..no...

    Will look for a salvage/rework elsewhere
     
  10. NewCow

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    FWIW an extra data point, I had my Tesla SC retrofit our RFS shortly after I took delivery of our CPO in 2016. Total cost was $3150, and this was before they increased the RFS price from $3k to $4k for new orders. My car actually already had the bumper reinforcement, which saved them from having to install it (and me from having to pay more).

    Edit: Breakdown was $362 for labor (@ $125/hr in Denver), $2587 for parts, and $198 sales tax.
     

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