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Vendor OEM Facelift bumper on my 2013 P85

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by artsci, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. artsci

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    Tesla said it couldn't be done but the folks at SDR in Cockeysville, Maryland, working cooperatively with me (I was probably a real PIA for them) did it: installed a Tesla OEM facelift bumper on my 2013 nosecone car. Several major changes and custom fabrication was required to get it all to work including:,
    • Installation of the facelift hood, which is a bit longer and has a slightly different shape at the front.
    • Fabrication of a new latch for the hood
    • Some modifications to the backside of the bumper where the vents are fitted
    • Some custom fiberglass work on the underside of the hood so the rubber seal between the hood and the frunk edges line up (my frunk is the larger 2013 version which is about twice the size of facelift franks
    • Modifications to the frunk lower and side trim panels
    Haven't tallied the costs yet but a substantial part of it was covered by my insurance owing to a minor fever bender that managed my original bumper.

    See this thread for the boring details. Here are a few photos. Many more to follow when I get the car back this week.

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  2. Indpowr

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    Thats a pretty big commitment. Would be much easier to get the unplugged refresh for 3k IMO.

    Great job getting it done though...
     
  3. Indpowr

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    Side note, looks like you have the oem 16/17 lights. How did that work out?
     
  4. artsci

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    Those are headlight modified by Evan Patak. He replaced the projectors with Lexus RX350s; Morimoto ballasts, ignitors, and bulbs; painted the housings black, frosted the turn signal band, and added a demon eye. See this thread for details on his work. They are far better than stock and perform much better than the new Tesla LED headlamps. See this thread for performance shots.
     
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    I wanted to prove that it could be done with Tesla OEM stuff. But I way underestimated the complexity of it all, and if I had to do it over would go with the Unplugged or Karstyle version.
     
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  6. Indpowr

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    Sounds sick. Could you DM me the cost. Curious. I would need to be out of warranty before I mod that heavy lmao. I have 6 years left and only 8k miles on mine.
     
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    Nice job! Sounds like quite a project!
    Will you be doing the June 2017 refresh next?o_O
     

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