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Cheapest way to get updated Fascia for older Model S?

Xenoilphobe

Active Member
Jan 2, 2014
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4,546
Fairfax County, Virginia
Yeah the performance is an understatement the newer headlights SUCK.... I love my Bi-Xenon Headlights, my wife has a 2016 with crappy LED's with the stupid eyebrows that burn out every 12 months... you can keep those. My 2014 P85+ smokes her 2016 in both lumens and handling. I view (pun intended) the 2016+ as a downgrade.

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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was fair on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.
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Does anyone know if they fixed this issue on the new PLAID S? Trying to decide if I should upgrade before getting my CT.
 

riles246

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Aug 30, 2019
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NY State
Getting a front lip for the stock bumper really changes the look of the nosecone.

refresh vs nosecone
That nosecone car has modded headlights though, that makes a big difference. Honestly I think that's the first thing you need to do before doing the bumper- frosting/painting the led strip to look more like the 2016+ and blacking out the internal housing goes a long way to making the nosecone car look fresher.

I like HIDs better than LEDs so the modded nosecone headlights are fantastic, as you get the more current look.

The cool thing is that, if you're brave, it's cheap. If all you do is paint, it's less than $10 in paint plus probably $30 or so for new butyl seals. Or go nuts and spend over $1k to change the projectors and have it done by a pro.
 

Xenoilphobe

Active Member
Jan 2, 2014
4,619
4,546
Fairfax County, Virginia
Looks like I will be getting a new front end, courtesy of my 22 year old daughter, anyone know a good shop in the National Capital Region here in the DC Swamp that has done a Refresh upgrade to a 2014 P85+....
 

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krsgio

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Nov 8, 2018
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Colorado
The cool thing is that, if you're brave, it's cheap. If all you do is paint, it's less than $10 in paint plus probably $30 or so for new butyl seals. Or go nuts and spend over $1k to change the projectors and have it done by a pro.
even retrofitting projectors if you're going to bother opening them up to paint isn't that much more work. the upgraded projectors are around $150 and the adapter to mount them is roughly $70. So for an additional $250 you can have much better headlights than the stock HIDs.
 

nguyentoogood

Youtuber / Engineer
Mar 2, 2019
141
99
Sacramento
That nosecone car has modded headlights though, that makes a big difference. Honestly I think that's the first thing you need to do before doing the bumper- frosting/painting the led strip to look more like the 2016+ and blacking out the internal housing goes a long way to making the nosecone car look fresher.

I like HIDs better than LEDs so the modded nosecone headlights are fantastic, as you get the more current look.

The cool thing is that, if you're brave, it's cheap. If all you do is paint, it's less than $10 in paint plus probably $30 or so for new butyl seals. Or go nuts and spend over $1k to change the projectors and have it done by a pro.
Yeah blacking out your headlights and frosting the drl have a big impact on the overall front of the car.

You can snag the led headlights for cheap on ebay. They are just notorious for their burnt DRL. You would also have to buy the hid emulator which is expensive.
 

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