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Splash guards?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by wattsup, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. wattsup

    wattsup Member

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    Tesla does not seem to offer OEM splash guards for the Model S.

    Are there any good aftermarket splash guards available? (I couldn't find anything with a quick Google search.)

    I have typically had the manufacturer's splash guards installed on my previous vehicles... helps to keep side panels clean (esp. from any particularly nasty stuff like road tar), suppress freeway mist, etc..

    If anybody does have some installed on their Model S, could you post your experience and thoughts?
     
  2. BerTX

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    Splash guards are not and will not be offered as an option by Tesla. They are VERY detrimental to vehicle aerodynamics. Teslas are very sensitive to aerodynamic drag -- in a gas car you will just stop more often for gas. You don't have a fueling station on every corner in a Tesla (yet).
     
  3. wattsup

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    Hmm... thanks for your opinion.

    Has there been a statement from Tesla to back up what you claim? It all sounds like a bit of FUD to me.

    While I have no doubt that splash guards have some effect on aerodynamics, I doubt it is as dire as you make it out to be.

    From my experience, the effect seems rather negligible.

    I have splash guards on my Ford Focus Electric and it doesn't seem have had a "detrimental" effect on range at all.
     

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