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Possible to upgrade superseded parts?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Demetraki, Aug 24, 2017.

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  1. Demetraki

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    I have a 2014 MS85. I've driven various newer Model S's and have noticed subtle changes here and there and I'm curious if there's anything I can retrofit into my older MS. Maybe we need a list that shows part number changes.

    A few things I'm curious if I can replace
    1. Charger door (newer ones close by themselves and sound much more quiet when magnet/lock turns on to keep it shut).
    2. Door sills (newer ones have brushed stainless plate with Tesla written on them)
    3. Trunk sill (newer cars have chrome)
    4. Instrument screen (newer cars have higher resolution screens)
    5. Steering wheel (newer cars seem to have more firm button scrolling/pressing compared to older wheels)
    6. Rear view camera (newer cars have better image quality)
    7. Brake booster (I am unsure about this as newer cars have "electronic" brakes compared to older hydraulic brakes)
    There may be more that I'm missing. Feel free to add to my list as I'm sure I'm missing more items.
     
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    Drive unit? :)
     
  3. Demetraki

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    I have my car in for service for the 2nd time regarding a clunk in the back. They already replaced the axles, so they may replace the drive unit this time.
     
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    my guess is that it would be cheaper to sell the car and buy a new one (even at a loss) than trying to pay to retrofit all of this
     
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    Door sills (newer ones have brushed stainless plate with Tesla written on them) should be drop in
    Trunk sill (newer cars have chrome) should be drop in
    Instrument screen (newer cars have higher resolution screens) drop in swap you will need the newer trim bezel
    Steering wheel (newer cars seem to have more firm button scrolling/pressing compared to older wheels) this would require the whole airbag swap I believe
    Rear view camera (newer cars have better image quality) drop it swap newer camera is cheaper as well think its $78
     
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    Can anyone confirm these two upgrades? Any cost for the instrument screen?
    Also, I am curious if you upgraded only the rear camera how much better the image would be? For $80.00 bucks this seems like a no brainer upgrade.
     
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    Not the case.
     
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    The charge door cannot be replaced -- we tried and it requires some welding and rivets.
    Door and trunk sills are easy.
    Steering wheel yes, but is it necessary for the reasons you state?
    Rear camera -- easy and you can order one on eBay
    Forget the electronic brakes
     
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    I'm most interested in the camera right now, it was much better in my loaner car.
     
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    As I said you can buy one on eBay or from a service center. Look for a thread on the eBay camera -- it's a Tesla camera but it's much less expensive.
     
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    Searched ebay, a number of cameras said to be tesla compatible, but cannot be sure any of them is the drop in module. Do you have a specific link? Also, do you think it is worth it on the old screen(2014)?
     
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    You would notice a difference in image quality with a better camera, the MCU has a decent resolution (1920x1200).
     
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    The center instrument cluster has been documented as being plug and play you just need the newer bezel with the smaller trim - documented by wk057 when he did the autopilot retrofit.

    The rear camera upgrade has a whole thread going for it. Confirmed cost from service center for newer hi res camera at $78
     
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    Just ordered the Amazon camera. Gonna check the difference out once the SC gets done warranty replacing the rear taillights for condensation build up.
     
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    There is no such thing as a "Tesla compatible" camera. Only Tesla's camera works with the touchscreen. Believe me, I've tried.
     

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