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Model S Modifications Thread

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by IndigoAE, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. IndigoAE

    IndigoAE Member

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    Has anyone heard of or made modifications off their stock Model S?

    I've heard some people have installed parking sensors for example.
    I know Elon's has wider rear tires.. etc

    These are minor mods, but has anyone done more extensive modifications to the drive train or UI?
     
  2. johnmodels

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    I am still waiting to receive my ms non-pert 85kw. I ordered the 19"s because I like the 21"s but I didn't love them and my thinking was that I can drive on the 19"s for a while and see what wheels look great on the ms and change the wheels when I was going to change the tires anyway. Besides almost all wheels and tire setups will cost less than the $3500 21"s. I would also like to see an attractive staggered wheel setup that is still tasteful, like the M3 (which I also own, e92). Would love a rear spoiler since I did not get the performance. I'm sure it is only a matter of time til aftermarkets companies are making them. Or maybe I'm wrong since the production is so few compared to a mustang for example.



     
  3. aaronw

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    I have a couple of mods ready to go. I bought a set of Alloy Gators (http://www.alloygators.com) to protect the wheels on my car and a Curb Alert Pro to help prevent me from hitting curbs and whatnot when parking. I also have a couple of LED bulbs to replace the license plate bulbs and will look into additional lighting for the frunk and trunk if needed.
     
  4. Noahas

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    Never heard of Alloy gator's, great product idea (although no idea why you would want a color other than black). By the way, there shouldn't be an "s" at the end of gator in the web address.

    Make sure you take pics/video of the mods. Can't wait to see it.
     
  5. gray

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    Whenever we get our car, I will likely end up getting a set of Volks and start trying to figure out how to set up the suspension to get a nice looking (and driving) stance.
     
  6. DavidWexler

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    I made the following modifications to my production S which I took delivery of mid December 2012:


    Full paint armor including door sills Self Healing Paint Protection Film - XPEL ULTIMATE Paint Protection Film as I found the clear coat kind of soft
    Runflat tires BridgestonePotenza RE960AS Pole Position RFT
    Window Tint 3M Crystalline, sides 50%, rear 40%
    Handheld Halon Fire Extinguisher truck mounted http://www.safecraft.com/products.php?category=23&master_cat=motorsports
    Custom wrapped nosecone matt grey film
    Carpool lane sticker
    small one only applied using paint protection film - removable
    Radar detector mounted above rearview mirror New Escort Solo S3 Cordless radar detector temp until I install a built-in system
    Trash can Mounted below display http://www.oxo.com/p-797-stainless-steel-rectangular-utensil-holder.aspx
    Cargo Net
    Upgraded floor mats
    Rear badge centered S, no Model
    Curb feelers now removed
    Vanity Plate

    I'm enjoying the car tremendously, and as you can see having fun with the upgrades too. See ya down the road.

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  7. nleggatt

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    How much did the full body wrap cost? Does it change the "finish" of the car?
     
  8. DavidWexler

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    Full body paint protection film does get pricey, but it's nice not to see any seams, and the finish is indistinguishable from the factory clear coat, only much tougher.
     
  9. stosh3

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    How have you found the run-flats? Does the air suspension help with the stiff sidewalls?
     
  10. DavidWexler

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    Today's runflats ride very nicely. They've come along way. Not sure about the interface btw air suspension and the sidewalls, but I must say, the air suspension gives a remarkably good ride in the S. The TM suspension system is one of the car's highlights. Soaks up speed bumps like a dream.
     
  11. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Nice to see the nosecone wrap. What product did you use there?
     
  12. sp4rk

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    Am I correct in thinking that the color of the car has changed slightly with the full wrap?
    I am having mine wrapped next week I think ... but they're using Avery or 3m wrap.
    Perhaps this is better film?
     
  13. DavidWexler

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    The shinny black plastic nosecone was the only styling cue I didn't like. The rest is spot-on to my taste. I used some matt grey car wrap film and then I overlaid it with clear matt paint protection film. I figured I could always peal it off if I didn't like it. So far... I like it.

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    Red on black! Hey.. why hold back? I really can't see the clear film on my car at all. Saw a matt yellow wrapped 911 today. That was different.
     
  14. qphan79

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    How do you like the trash can? How did you mount it? Just realized now that there is no trash bin in the car! Got a newborn son so I know that there will be trash eventually!
     
  15. fizzazle

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    Your car looks absolutely amazing!
    nice decision to take of the curb feelers

    Did you check out the AlloyGator.com product that aaronw posted? Really subtle (and kinda ingenious!).

    Cant wait to get my ride tinted after seeing these pics!
     
  16. DavidWexler

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    One of my pet peeves is that cars don't come with trash receptacle of any kind. Don't automotive designers live in their cars like the rest of us? So when I took delivery of my S with it's opportunity space between the front seats, I took the opportunity to installed a nice small stainless steel trash can using a few velcro pads. It's not really a trash can, but a utensil dish drainer I picked up at Bad Bath & Beyond, but it works and look pretty cool too. http://www.oxo.com/p-797-stainless-s...il-holder.aspx (I removed the center divider inside the can)

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  17. vcor

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    Though I can't compete with all these beautiful and practical Model S modifications, I just completed putting on my identification "Badge"

    What do you think? $20.

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