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Model 3 2021 Suspension Revisions?

Chris Edwards

Member
Apr 14, 2021
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Ventura, CA
I’m convinced that Tesla has revised the dampners or spring rates for 2021. I drove a 2021 Performance Model 3 at the dealer (which obviously had 20” Uberturbines), it felt quite comfortable (I have a bad back) which was a surprise to me because back in 2018 I rented a PM3 and found too stiff for my liking as a daily driver. Anyways, after driving the 2021 at the dealer I decided I had to have one. I found a 2020 Stealth Performance for sale which had the original 18” aero’s (stock Michelin tires) and for some reason the Stealth felt stiffer/ bumpier/ less comfortable?

Can anyone confirm if Tesla made any suspension revisions for 2021? I know they revised the front seats but what I felt was the actual suspension, not the seats.
 

Perscitus

Member
Jan 29, 2019
830
513
New York
Very likely but if they did, its their typical incremental continuous improvement not a model year (which they do not really do) specific change.

Some suspension components changed between early 2017, 2018 production and late 2018 production as well.

What you can glean from the parts website are part number 'revisions' which sometimes correlate well with changes, other times mean nothing more than different suppliers, factories, manufacture years, etc.

If the new/ish cars feel more comfortable to you, get one and enjoy.
With time the suspension will wear out just like the 2017/2018 cars with x miles. The feep at that point might be similar if not worse given the diff in unsprung weight.
 

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