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Post-2021 chrome delete with the new OEM parts

Harvey Danger

Mar 2, 2021
The Pacific Northwest
Do we know if the new dark trim (around windows, door handles, cameras, trunk, etc) will be the same dimensions as the chrome parts on pre 2021 Model S's (and X's)?

If so, wouldn't retrofitting older cars with the new trim parts be a "superior" chrome delete method?

I know many people will always prefer the vinyl wrap method because it's cheaper and easier to change your mind later, but surely at least *some* people would prefer the actual Tesla branded parts?

So basically three questions,

Will it fit?

Will it be cost prohibitive?

Will Tesla discourage this?


Active Member
Aug 31, 2019
Springfield, VA
How would anyone know this? The new cars aren't available yet.

I'd think they would keep the handles compatible to save money, but nobody will know for sure until the cars are in the hands of the purchasers.
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Harvey Danger

Mar 2, 2021
The Pacific Northwest
Model 3 owners have already been through this whole scenario when that model switched from chrome to black:

Basically, the parts are available, but it's a lot of work to, say, disassemble the entire door just to change a door handle, for instance. So the vinyl strategy will always have a place I guess. Still, you have to assume the real updated trim parts will weather better..

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