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MPP Model Y & Model 3 “Smash Me” Front Skid Plate - Protect Your Battery!

MasterC17

Active Member
Dec 3, 2015
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USA
When I decided to run the Tire Rack One Lap of America in the Model 3 this year, one of the concerns I had was regarding protection for the front of the car. As you may have seen elsewhere on the forums, it is possible for damage to the front aero shield on the bottom of the car to also impact the coolant hoses on the front of the battery pack, which could leave the car not only undrivable, but also needing a $15,000 high voltage battery replacement.

Given I would be putting nearly 6,000 miles on the car for this event, and could be in one of several states well over 1,000 miles from my home, having a problem that left me stranded like this didn't sound like a good idea.

So, I looked into ways of protecting the car, and replacing the flimsy felt aero shield with something more durable seemed like the solution.

Enter the Mountain Pass Performance "Smash Me" front skid plate - an 1/8th inch thick piece of aluminum; that seemed like it would do the trick!

Installation was a cinch.

Lo and behold, towards the end of our event we hit an (already deceased) deer that was sitting right in the road, there way no way to avoid it, only to go over it. The car got some air; it definitely did not feel good. I was of course concerned about the damage. We jacked the car up and after inspection found that, although the skid plate was bent, it did its job and everything that needed protection had been protected. The front lip spoiler cracked, and a sway bar mounting bracket was a little bent, but that was the extent of the damage. A trip to the car wash got most of the evidence washed off.

Overall, a product I would highly recommend! It's cheap insurance to protect the (very expensive) bits underneath the front of your car.


 

KenC

Active Member
Sep 4, 2018
3,855
3,568
Maine
When I decided to run the Tire Rack One Lap of America in the Model 3 this year, one of the concerns I had was regarding protection for the front of the car. As you may have seen elsewhere on the forums, it is possible for damage to the front aero shield on the bottom of the car to also impact the coolant hoses on the front of the battery pack, which could leave the car not only undrivable, but also needing a $15,000 high voltage battery replacement.

Given I would be putting nearly 6,000 miles on the car for this event, and could be in one of several states well over 1,000 miles from my home, having a problem that left me stranded like this didn't sound like a good idea.

So, I looked into ways of protecting the car, and replacing the flimsy felt aero shield with something more durable seemed like the solution.

Enter the Mountain Pass Performance "Smash Me" front skid plate - an 1/8th inch thick piece of aluminum; that seemed like it would do the trick!

Installation was a cinch.

Lo and behold, towards the end of our event we hit an (already deceased) deer that was sitting right in the road, there way no way to avoid it, only to go over it. The car got some air; it definitely did not feel good. I was of course concerned about the damage. We jacked the car up and after inspection found that, although the skid plate was bent, it did its job and everything that needed protection had been protected. The front lip spoiler cracked, and a sway bar mounting bracket was a little bent, but that was the extent of the damage. A trip to the car wash got most of the evidence washed off.

Overall, a product I would highly recommend! It's cheap insurance to protect the (very expensive) bits underneath the front of your car.


Nice, glad it saved your venison! Do you remember how close your TACC setting was set for?
 

MasterC17

Active Member
Dec 3, 2015
1,332
2,086
USA
Nice, glad it saved your venison! Do you remember how close your TACC setting was set for?
We were trying to draft the semi, it was at 1. In hindsight, this was a poor idea. But when you're driving 6,000 miles in 11 days you take what you can get lol.
 

Gimmethecash

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May 8, 2021
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Pasadena, CA
Thanks for the callout - I just ordered one of these. For anyone else here, it’s currently listed for the Model Y but says it’s for both. I don’t see it in the listings for the Model 3.
 

MasterC17

Active Member
Dec 3, 2015
1,332
2,086
USA
Great write up! I have the same shield installed, and so far happy with it. This winter will be the real test.

Dang, that deer video!
Curious to see how you make out over the winter!

Thanks for the callout - I just ordered one of these. For anyone else here, it’s currently listed for the Model Y but says it’s for both. I don’t see it in the listings for the Model 3.
Awesome - yeah I think that is something they need to fix, it definitely fits both :)
 

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