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Lowered with Unplugged lowering brackets. UPDATE: Problem Resolved

Discussion in 'Model S' started by CJ P85D, Nov 9, 2019 at 10:28 AM.

  1. CJ P85D

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    So I did the install myself, as it is fairly easy. I not only installed them all once, I redid them to ensure I did it correctly on all points, since when I called them they said I may of installed them incorrectly. I am 100% sure they are installed correctly.

    I almost thought it was fixed the 2nd time I installed them, as when I set it to standard it looked pretty close to how I wanted them, but as I started to walk away thinking it was done. The car lowers back to the same spot it was before on the first time I installed them :(

    The pictures are in standard setting with the air suspension and the rears are way to low. I mean it I hear them rubbing.
    The rears are tucking in and the fronts are where I was like them. It looks like I have 10 dead bodies in the truck with how much the rear is lower.

    When I purchased these for $500 I was expecting it to be a easy install and set perfectly from pictures from their site. I am starting to really regret this and wish I went the cheaper opinion of the lowering links that you can adjust yourself, which I could correct easily.

    Not only did I spend $500 on the brackets, I had to purchase all 4 new sensors for the air suspension, due to the rust on the screws, which if you don't spray a ton of WD-40 the rust will lock up the threads and the threads hooked to the plastic sensor will just spin with the screw, forever locking it in there. This makes it so you can't take the OEM brackets off the sensor. Even a new sensors from a Model S with 15K miles had the same problem.

    I called Unplugged and they said it must be installed wrong, but I followed the instructions perfect and ensured it was correct. So far I feel like I wasted $500 on some brackets and $150 on new sensors. Glad I didn't pay the $350 a shop wanted to install these that Unplugged recommended, as I don't see how it would be any different.

    Total time spent on this: 4 - 5 hours.

    I am sorry to make a rant, but this has really bothered me and I free like this shouldn't be so hard.

    Has anyone else here had the same problem with the UP brackets?

    Also would anyone recommend some lowering links that they used and worked correctly? REAR.jpg Front.jpg
     
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    Or you just drive the car the way it was built and designed (getting rid of your lowering kit) so you aren't constantly scraping the bottom of your battery going over every little bump just because you think it looks "cool"....
     
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    #3 Fleer, Nov 9, 2019 at 2:27 PM
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    When you installed these did you set your air suspension to very high and turn on jack mode? I did some 3d printed lowering links instead but is even from front to back.
     
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    It isn’t suppose to look anywhere near this or what I wanted if you actually read what I wrote.
     
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    Yes I had it on very high and on jack mode before starting anything. I really wish I went with the lowering links now. Would of saved money and a ton of time. I am going to redo the backs again but put them on the standard spot and hopefully levels out the front and back. Again just trying to save everyone the headache I had with all of this...
     
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    Did you cycle the suspension once installed.
    My car did that once at the tire shop with stock suspension, fiddling with height allowed it to find itself.
     
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    There was someone else on here, I cant remember who it was, but their air suspension was bugged and stuck in jack mode, they had to have service reset the ride height. If you end up having to do this make sure you remove the brackets otherwise they will reset it with the lowering brackets on and the ride height will be reset to the normal height even with them installed.
     
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    This wouldn't make sense though, as jack mode disables the air suspension, but it still auto lowers at speeds. I am going to install the rears on the stock setting and see what happens. I feel it will make it correct. I will update on how it goes.
     
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    Here is mine parked in standard height with the UP brackets installed. Wheel/tire combo is stock diameter.

    I will say that the first set of brackets I got was missing the second set of holes drilled for the positioning of the screw, Normally they have two holes next to each other, one for "Stock" and one for "Lowered" mine only had one hole. I drove to their office (I live a few miles away) and they exchanged them for a good set.
     

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    Can you reload Image? Thanks
     
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    it looks like you installed the rears upside down. this happened ot me when i machined my rear control arms. the rear was upside down (the sensor bracket) and caused the car to bottom out the bags.
     
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    I can't edit my post but here is another attempt

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    If I'm reading this correctly, in addition to the lowering links, you also installed new sensors? Wouldn't new sensors need to be calibrated? Did you try the old links with the new sensors, and was everything perfect (all suspension settings at correct height)?
     
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    Gosh I figured it out and I am man enough to admit it when I am wrong. With me redoing it over and over I must of got sloppy and I had the rear left sensor arm point up and not down like the pictures. That fixed the problem and put it at the correct height in standard mode. I am very happy now with the results and the ride went back to smooth again and with no rubbing or harass ride.
     
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    Here is a pic of the rear now. Lines up perfect with the front and rides smooth with no rubbing. EB3BAED4-800E-45B1-8E2D-D9BBE0B40755.jpeg
     
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    Loving the gold wheels, what did you use to black out your trim/door handles?
     
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    The links are inverted. I did the same thing to mine at first with my 3d printed links.
     
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    Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Plasti Dip. I need to redo it after this winter, but the finished product looks amazing for $12 vs. $1200-$1500 for vinyl. Dipyourcar on youtube does a Tesla Model S, if you want to see how easy it is.

    If you take your time it will come out looking perfect. I took my car into Tesla service and they commented on it and said it looks better than some vinyl jobs they seen and couldn't believe it was Plasti dip. I put a gloss finish at the end, since there is a Plasti dip that is gloss only.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
     

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