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Re-installing Front Plate - Difficult?

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by cplaw, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. cplaw

    cplaw Member

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    If I removed the front plate for the clean look, how difficult would it be to put it back on?

    I'm thinking of taking it off, but not if it's going to be super difficult to put it back on
     
  2. purplewalt

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    Depends if you have AP and the associated sensors or not.
    And if you have the refreshed front -- or not.
     
  3. cplaw

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    Yes AP and Yes refreshed
     
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    #4 fallen888, Sep 3, 2016
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    It's pretty simple to remove, so I'm speculating that it's also pretty easy to add back on. It's held up for the most part by an adhesive (and the weired screw underneath), so I'd imagine it's not a big deal.
     
  5. rypalmer

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    I took mine off to wrap the bumper and took the opportunity to replace the screws with stainless steel Phillips head equivalents. Much easier to work with. Home Depot. Metric threads though so limited options in the US.
     
  6. cplaw

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    Do you know what kind of adhesive they use?
     
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    So was it pretty easy to re-install?
     
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    It's way harder to uninstall. I needed a heat gun to loosen the tape.

    You'll need some automotive trim tape - like double sided tape on steroids. Find it on Amazon. The screws don't really do anything and won't hold it without new strips of tape.
     
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    Double sided tape and your good.

    Id never reinstall it though. It looks too damn good.
     
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    I am thinking about this too, re: wrapping. Do you need the special tool to get it off?
     
  11. jelloslug

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    It just automotive trim tape.

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  12. cplaw

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    Thanks.
     
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    Do you think a hair dryer is sufficient, or is a heat gun necessary?
     
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    The easiest way to remove the tape once the black mounting plate is off is to pull the tape parallel to the surface of the bumper. Think 3M Command strips.
     
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    A hair dryer would likely work. The heat gun is risky hot around plastic trim actually.
     
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    Even sitting in the hot sun would likely be enough. I did not use any kind of heat to remove mine.
     

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