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Front fascia, lower valence removal - Anyone tried it? Or front bumper cover?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Gizmotoy, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Gizmotoy

    Gizmotoy Active Member

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    I was just wondering if anyone's had to remove the front fascia lower valence (black front spoiler/splash guard at the bottom of the front bumper cover)? I unfortunately damaged mine (already) while parking and was thinking about replacing it. The part is only $260, but labor's about $450 (2.5hrs) according to Tesla. Normally I wouldn't think twice about pulling off the bumper to replace it myself, but that labor number is unexpectedly high and has me worried there's a trick in here somewhere.

    Looks like maybe a couple clips and 6 screws from this picture, but hard to tell. Has anyone had their front bumper off?
     

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    I've done it and about 2 hours is right. But $200 per hour for labor!! I thought about $90 was the going rate. Thats more than I pay for airplane maintenance with a LOT more responsibility!!
     
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    Lloyd, thanks, that's what I was looking for. Seemed like a lot of time, but I haven't started poking around down there yet to know one way or the other. Anything to screw up in there, or just time-consuming?

    As for cost, I rounded up by $10 to get to a round number, but yeah, $175/hr for labor. I think nationally the average labor rate is something like $80/hr, so you're just about right on. Tesla is on the very high end, unfortunately.
     
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    Just get any body shop (you trust) to do it. This isn't the rocket science part of the car :)
     
  5. Lloyd

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    There is an electrical connection to the front louvers, that you need to be careful with not to stretch the wiring, but the rest is pushpins and fasteners. I posted a quick description of removal on the radar detector installation thread.
     

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