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Installation Manual

Tesla Model 3


DUAL RATE LINEAR LOWERING SPRINGS

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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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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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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 assemby 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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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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STEP 4: Install u.p. springs onto the oem dampers & reinstall

Next carefully remove the spring compressors from the OEM springs and transfer them to the U.P. Dual Rate Lowering Springs.

Follow steps 2 & 3 in reverse to reinstall the spring and shock assemblies.

***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)

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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STEP 5: REMOVE REAR SPRING assemblies

To remove the rear spring, begin by removing the protective plastic cover from the rear control arm / spring perch (FIGURE-11 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-11 BLUE), as well as the bolt and nut securing the bottom of the shock to the control arm (FIGURE-11 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-12 ORANGE).

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STEP 6: install rear SPRINGS

You will need to reuse the factory top and bottom rubber insulator pads (FIGURE-12 GREEN) when installing your new U.P. springs. **Be sure to install the spring and insulators in the correct orientation!

Next, you will need the transmission jack used to remove the factory spring again. With the jack under the lower perch, place the spring and insulators into the spring bucket area. (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.

Congratulations on your new springs!


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***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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