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Performance Suspension not so Performance

1QYKMY

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Good evening all. I am the proud new owner of a Model Y Performance. I had never driven a MYP, let alone any Tesla for that matter, and after 2 weeks of ownership I am a bit disappointed. Maybe my expectations are too high, but I assumed the Performance version would have a much more aggressive suspension as there seems to be a fair amount of body roll when cornering. I have both the acceleration and steering mode set to Sport. I feel this car needs a high quality set of coilovers and aftermarket sway bars. Any thoughts?
 

jmaddr

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First, why didn’t you start with a 3 if you had track abmbitions? Still, I’m with you…even the 3P needs a coil over setup for track work. It will transform your Y.
 
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jmaddr

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Makes sense. Look at unplugged. They have a wicked fast Y. I dont think mountain pass makes sport coil overs yet for the Y but they might be in development.
 

1QYKMY

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Makes sense. Look at unplugged. They have a wicked fast Y. I dont think mountain pass makes sport coil overs yet for the Y but they might be in development.
I've read a bit about unplugged, and it sound like more of a "comfort" ride setup. Maybe they have various setups I haven't read about yet. I just read about the Ohlins that Redwood Motorsports offers. Very interesting.
 

thesmokingman

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Don't forget to get some track wheels with those coilovers. The stock ubertines are boat anchors.

 

thesmokingman

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I am pulling the trigger on the unplugged front/rear sway bars as my first suspension mod. I want to do the suspension mods in phases so that I can feel the difference as I progress. : )
You can usually leave the swaybars till later since coilovers will reduce the sway greatly, if you're getting higher spring rates which is kind of the point I think. And then add thicker bars as needed.
 

DayTrippin

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Look at the Ohlins setup by Redwood motorsport. Worth the extra money over the UPP kit and it has a lifetime warranty.

https://redwoodmotorsports.com/collections/model-y/products/model-y-ohlins-dfv-coilovers-engineered-by-redwood-motorsports-™
 

1QYKMY

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Jul 2, 2021
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Look at the Ohlins setup by Redwood motorsport. Worth the extra money over the UPP kit and it has a lifetime warranty.

https://redwoodmotorsports.com/collections/model-y/products/model-y-ohlins-dfv-coilovers-engineered-by-redwood-motorsports-™
I have definitely checked out that setup. I have no problem spending the extra money if the consensus is the Ohlins setup is a better product.
 

thesmokingman

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Oh this is interesting about the Mountain Pass coilovers. They are using KW v3 I assume since those are the only 3/Y units they make. This gives the MPP a raise in my regards as I love the KW V3's on my twinscroll Subaru. I wonder what magic MPP have done to the KW valving. Being able to adjust low speed bump is crucial for comfort.

This suspension kit comes with a 2-year warranty (void with track-use, as is KW policy),
 

1QYKMY

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Does anyone happen to know the difference between the Ohlin Performance Sport vs. HPDE? Redwood's website does not provide details on each setup. I am pretty sure HPDE means they are more suited for the track.
Oh this is interesting about the Mountain Pass coilovers. They are using KW v3 I assume since those are the only 3/Y units they make. This gives the MPP a raise in my regards as I love the KW V3's on my twinscroll Subaru. I wonder what magic MPP have done to the KW valving. Being able to adjust low speed bump is crucial for comfort.
I've used KWs on a couple of my past cars. Very nice setup.
 

DayTrippin

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As the saying goes, whatever floats your boat. My thought is talk to Redwood and get some input. My past experience is the Ohlins on other vehicles can have a pretty wide range of dampening. If I was living at the track all the time, I'd go for something track focuses. If it is a few times a year, I'd probably go for the performance setup. If you have great roads, not a lot of bumps, it might not matter as much anyway.

When we lived in Palo Alto, there were some great roads that I would hit every day that I could. While not perfect pavement, I would have probably gone with something like the HPDE to enjoy them the most. Well until you hit the legions of bicyclists that seemed to be on them when I wanted to run them.

Enjoy whatever you get. It will be a huge improvement.
 

1QYKMY

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Jul 2, 2021
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As the saying goes, whatever floats your boat. My thought is talk to Redwood and get some input. My past experience is the Ohlins on other vehicles can have a pretty wide range of dampening. If I was living at the track all the time, I'd go for something track focuses. If it is a few times a year, I'd probably go for the performance setup. If you have great roads, not a lot of bumps, it might not matter as much anyway.

When we lived in Palo Alto, there were some great roads that I would hit every day that I could. While not perfect pavement, I would have probably gone with something like the HPDE to enjoy them the most. Well until you hit the legions of bicyclists that seemed to be on them when I wanted to run them.

Enjoy whatever you get. It will be a huge improvement.
I appreciate your feedback! I only intend on hitting the track (road racing) a few times the year. I intend on using the same OEM wheels/tires and brakes (with the exception of potentially upgrading the brake lines). I just got to figure just how much to spend on something like this.

Have a nice 4th of July!
 
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