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Installation Manual

Tesla Model 3


Coilover Suspension Kit

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PLEASE NOTE:

The vehicle must be lifted completely off of the ground and remain as such during the entire installation process.
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FIGURE-1

STEP 1: REMOVE FRUNK TRIM PANELS

Prior to installation, the wheels, as well as the inner frunk trim panels must be removed for installation on all vehicles. To do so, begin by removing the plastic upper cowl cover trim panel (below the windshield) (FIGURE-1 ORANGE)

Next, flip up the small caps (FIGURE-1 YELLOW) and remove the two 10mm bolts.

Remove the front trim panel and lift up the rug and find the additional 10mm bolts securing lower section of the frunk tub to the chassis and remove them (FIGURE-2 YELLOW).


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FIGURE-2


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FIGURE-3

STEP 2: REMOVE front damper & Spring assemblies

Once the frunk tub is removed, on either shock tower, there will be four bolts visible which secure the upper shock mount to the chassis (FIGURE-3 YELLOW)

Remove the nut attaching the sway bar end link to the damper assembly (FIGURE-4 GREEN).

Remove the bolt attaching the damper assembly to the lower control arm (FIGURE-4 BLUE).

To complete removal of the front shock assembly, remove the bolt and nut clamping the front upper A-arm’s ball joint to hub / carrier (FIGURE-5 YELLOW).


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FIGURE-4

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FIGURE-5


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FIGURE-6

STEP 3: REMOVE FRONT SUSPENSION TOP MOUNT

Remove the three nuts securing the top mount of the shock to the front upper control arm mount (FIGURE-7 ORANGE). Set the upper control arm + control arm mount aside.

Next the OEM springs must be compressed and secured prior to removal of the damper's top mount.

NOTE: A SET OF COIL SPRING COMPRESSORS IS RECOMMENDED (FIGURE-6 PURPLE).

Once the springs are securely compressed, remove the top dust cap (FIGURE-7 PINK), to access the nut securing the top mount to damper assembly. Remove this nut to release the top mount.


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FIGURE-7


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FIGURE-8

STEP 4: attach top mount to front coilover assembly

NOTE: RWD & DUAL MOTOR COILOVERS SLIGHTLY DIFFER
RWD COILOVERS:

Ensure the spacer is installed on the coilover's damper's piston shaft (FIGURE-8), as well as the top collars of the springs are installed in the order pictured (FIGURE-8 + FIGURE-9).

CORRECT ORDER (BOTTOM TO TOP): ALUMINUM LOCK NUT -> WHITE RING -> BLACK RING -> SPRING -> BLACK RING -> WHITE RING -> ALUMINUM COLLAR

DUAL MOTOR COILOVERS:

For Dual Motor vehicles, a different spring and collar system is used, and as a result, a top collar set is not utilized.

Ensure the spacer is installed on the coilover's damper's piston shaft (FIGURE-8), as well as the bottom collar [perch] for the springs are installed as pictured (FIGURE-9B).

Coil springs compressors will be needed again to allow for installation of the top mount onto the coilover assembly.

Attach the top mount using the the included nut (recommended torque 35-45 ft⋅lb) (FIGURE-10 YELLOW).

NOTE: DO NOT USE AN IMPACT GUN / WRENCH AS IT CAN DAMAGE THE DAMPER'S INTERNALS & DO NOT REINSTALL THE DUST CAP

Follow steps 2 & 3 in reverse to reinstall the coilover assembly.

Recommended Torque Specs:

  • 3 nuts used to attach the top mount to the control arm mount - 17 ft⋅lb / 23Nm
  • 2 larger bolts to reattach the control arm mount to the chassis is 46 ft⋅lb / 62Nm
  • 2 smaller bolts to reattach the control arm mount to the chassis is 26 ft⋅lb / 35Nm
  • Bolt/nut combination for clamp on knuckle to reattach upper control arm ball joint - 41 ft⋅lb / 56Nm
  • Sway bar end link nut to damper - 73 ft⋅lb / 98Nm

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FIGURE-9

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FIGURE-9B

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FIGURE-10

PLEASE NOTE:

Ride height and preload are preconfigured. To adjust ride height, loosen the lower blue locking collar and twist the shock body (longer = higher ride height / short = lower ride height). Once the height has been set, tighten the locking collar. To adjust dampening force, twist the adjuster knob on the top of the coilover (clockwise = fimer / counterclockwise = softer)
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FIGURE-11

STEP 4.5: remote adjuster install

If choosing to use the included optional remote adjuster knobs, the OEM top hat's rubber insulator needs to be modified. A small notch will need to be added to accomodate an allen wrench to tighten the set screw for the remote adjuster (FIGURE-11 YELLOW).

 


 

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FIGURE-12

STEP 5: REMOVE REAR DampeR + SPRING assemblies

To remove the rear spring, begin by removing the protective plastic cover from the rear control arm / spring perch (FIGURE-12 YELLOW).

Using a transmission jack, apply upward pressure to the underside of the control arm / spring perch to slighly compress the rear spring.

With pressure still applied, remove the bolt and nut securing the control arm / spring perch to the hub (FIGURE-12 BLUE), as well as the bolt and nut securing the bottom of the shock to the control arm (FIGURE-12 GREEN).

Once the bolts are remove, slowly lower the jack to gently uncompress the spring (the spring will need to be fully uncompressed - no tension).

The OEM spring should now be loose and capable of being removed.

Next, loosen the two bolts attaching the OEM damper to the vehicle's chassis and remove the assembly (FIGURE-13 ORANGE).

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FIGURE-13


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FIGURE-14

STEP 6: install rear coilover damper


The top mount will need to be transferred from the OEM damper to the new coilover damper. To do so, remove the top dust cap (FIGURE-13 PINK), to access the nut securing the top mount to damper assembly. Remove this nut to release the top mount.

Ensure the spacer is installed on the coilover's damper's piston shaft (FIGURE-14). 

Attach the top mount using the the included nut (recommended torque 25-30 ft⋅lb 34-40Nm)

NOTE: DO NOT USE AN IMPACT GUN / WRENCH AS IT CAN DAMAGE THE DAMPER'S INTERNALS

Reinstall the dust cap.

Install the coilover damper assembly onto the car by following step 5 in reverse, reusing the factory bolts & washers (FIGURE-15) (recommended torque 30 ft⋅lb / 41Nm).

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FIGURE-15


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FIGURE-16

STEP 7: install rear Springs

Set the supplied bottom spring collar onto the factory spring bucket (FIGURE-16 YELLOW).

Next, you will need the transmission jack used to remove the factory spring again. With the jack under the spring perch, place the supplied spring, as well as the upper spring mount onto the bottom collar (FIGURE-17). (Applying gentle pressure with the jack may help with the positioning process.)

Using the jack, lift the OEM spring bucket until the bolts for the rear dampers, as well as the hub can be reinserted. Reattach nuts and tighten (recommended torque  85 ft⋅lb / 115Nm).

***NOTE: Do not fully torque fasteners until the vehicle is supported by its own weight (either using a 4-post lift, or wheel lifts like Race Ramps)

Reinstall wheels.


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FIGURE-17

PLEASE NOTE:

Ride height and preload are preconfigured. To adjust ride height, adjust the blue locking collar on the lower spring seat (longer = higher ride height / short = lower ride height). Once the height has been set, tighten the locking collar. After setting the new ride height, the spring preload will need to be reset, and can be completed by adjusting the length of the rear damper. To adjust dampening force, twist the blue adjuster knob on the top of the damper (clockwise = fimer / counterclockwise = softer). 
RECOMMENDED DAMPER SETTINGS:

    ***WE RECOMMEND PERFORMING A VEHICLE SUSPENSION ALIGNMENT ONCE THE INSTALLATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED***

    PLEASE NOTE:

    MAKE SURE TO TORQUE WHEELS TO 129LBS/FT
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