UNPLUGGED PERFORMANCE DUAL RATE LOWERING SPRING SET

$335.00

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Description

 PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand, the “Moderate” version is temporarily out of stock. Please order now to reserve your set in the next production run! Additionally, we are taking pre-orders of the “Mild” version, which will be shipping in March / April 2018.

Concept:

This ambitious engineering project began with a review of factory spring rates and led to a goal of the following:

  1. Target an increase in comfort in daily driving situations. Solution by studying factory spring rates and producing a softer but proportionate spring rate front and rear.
  2. Target an increase in performance when cornering. Solution by utilizing the highest technology partner and producing a secondary more sporty performance spring rate that engages when cornering g forces are loaded.
  3. Target an increase in range. Achieved by lowering the car as height is proven to correlate to aerodynamic efficiency.
  4. Every day improved performance at significant value. Solution by producing in bulk volume in a direct manufacturer partnership produced to proprietary Unplugged Performance developed specifications.

Three Unique Offerings:

Mild – For Comfort Without Sacrifice

Target Use: For Tesla Model 3 owners who desire near factory levels of ground clearance and the softest ride possible, without sacrificing sporty handling at the limit.

Ride: Our Mild offering is engineered with maximum comfort in mind for day-to-day use. We utilize our two distinct spring rates to allow the first spring rate to be even softer than our most popular Moderate spring. When cornering, the secondary spring rate activates and represents a near equivalent spring rate to a factory non modified Model 3. This dual rate engineering reduces the typical downside of reduced handling, feel and agility when utilizing a softer spring rate.

Height: 0.7” drop. Front ground clearance is comparable to many modern sedans. The car is lowered only slightly, and there is still considerable wheel gap of approximately “three fingers”. From a distance the car will not look noticeably lower than factory height.

Moderate – For Sports Car Drivers (Best Seller)

Target Use: For Tesla Model 3 owners who desire well balanced improvements to handling, steering responsiveness, as well as stability that can be felt every day in a diverse variety of environments. With this application we set out to create a best of both worlds spring for everyday use.

Ride: Our Moderate offering is engineered with slightly softer spring rates than factory springs. When cornering, the secondary spring rate activates and body roll is minimized with a slightly more firm spring rates than factory.

Height: 1.5” drop. Front ground clearance is comparable to a modern sports car. The car is lowered moderately, enough to gain aerodynamic efficiency with cleaned up airflow under the car. Visually tire gap is reduced to “two fingers” wheel gap.

Low – Strictly For Crazy People Like Us

Target Use: We do not recommend this version to anyone unless they have previous experience driving modified lowered clearance cars and/or supercars. The car is set at the lowest reasonable height limit to maximize handling performance. It can be daily driven but extreme awareness and caution for ground clearance should be taken.

Ride: Our Low offering is engineered with comparable spring rates to the factory springs. When cornering, the secondary spring rate activates and body roll is minimized with a more firm spring rate than factory. On both primary and on secondary spring rates, the Low version is slightly firmer than our Moderate version. This slightly firmer setting is consistent with our intention of a true high performance driving style.

Height: 2.1” drop. Front ground clearance is comparable to a modern supercar. Visually tire gap is reduced to “one finger” wheel gap.

Which version should I get?

If you are not sure about which choice is best for you, we suggest selecting Moderate. If you generally are against car modifications and are looking for something conservative and comfort orientated then we suggest selecting Mild.

If you are considering between Moderate or Low variants, please think about your answer to the following question:

If you could daily drive only one car, would it be a Tesla Model S P100D or a 2020 Tesla Roadster Concept?
The Model S is more well-rounded for everyday use and many would select that, but if you would like driving a supercar everyday then the Low version might be a good choice for you. The Low version is developed strictly for extreme car enthusiasts just like us.

In all cases of lowering a car, ground clearance will of course be reduced compared to a factory Model 3 specification. A reduction of ground clearance increases likelihood of scraping or impact to the bottom of the car. This factor is common as a trade-off for high performance vehicles, if reduction of ground clearance or increased risk of bottoming out concerns you then lowering your car may not be the right option for you. As a general rule when lowering a car, we suggest you consider your driving environment and plan ahead in consideration of what a 1.5″ (Moderate) or 2.1″ (Low) reduction of clearance may mean to your driving. For Moderate only slight additional awareness is needed in our experience, as ground clearance in most but not all cases is still adequate with a normal driving style. For Low we suggest a highly increased awareness regarding clearances and driving style. For Low we ideally suggest prior experience driving either aftermarket equivalently lowered vehicles or supercars both of which carry similar restrictions in clearances and require an altered driving style and awareness.

In all cases (even with factory height cars) we do not suggest parking with the bumper extending over parking stops as there is a risk of damage. In such cases we suggest backing in or pulling up short as to not impact the bumper. We have seen a large number of unmodified Model S vehicles with air suspension rip off their front bumpers by doing this as it is, a lowered car would only increase such a risk. By the numbers as a reference, the Model 3 has a front bumper clearance (measured at the front bottom center) of 8.0″ which reduces to approx. 6.5″ on Moderate and approx. 6.0″ on Low. To be sure, please measure clearances on your car and subtract by the inch drop of the version product you are considering.

Video:

Our friend Ben over at Teslanomics shared this video providing his review of the Moderate Version springs. Included is some thorough on-road testing using digital tools to track and compare the real-world driving dynamics of both the OEM and U.P. Dual Rate Lowering springs:

 

Specifications:

  • Produced in an engineering partnership with Formula 1 and 50+ consecutive Indy car winning spring supplier HYPERCO
  • Proven Dual Rate spring technology allows for best of both worlds. The car rides at noticeably softer spring rates around town. When sporty handling is desired, natural cornering g forces activate the spring’s 30% sportier secondary spring rate which reduces body roll and gives noticeable difference in both feel and handling at the limit
  • Physics proven benefits of range efficiency by lowering center of gravity and reducing underbody air turbulence
  • Three unique offerings – Mild provides near factory ground clearance and softest ride. Moderate provides a ground clearance equivalence to modern sports cars. Low provides a ground clearance equivalence to modern hypercars. Mild is approximately 0.7″ drop, Moderate is approximately a 1.5” drop, Low is approximately a 2.1” drop
  • Designed, Engineered and Produced in America
 Please note: First units have begun shipping!!

FAQs

All Unplugged Performance springs carry a lifetime warranty. This is made possible by having the highest quality production partner in the world for this product. Any failure or product degradation of more than 2% variance will be replaced with a free new set, so long as the product was used as intended on a Model 3. The warranty covers both street and paved track racing use.
Neither. It is a third category. The dual rate nature of this product is a direct descendant to motorsports “stacked’ spring setups. A stacked spring is two linear springs of differing spring rates and lengths that are stacked together with a predetermined location for a transition point between spring rates. This strategy employed on high end motorsports suspensions provides predictable results yet allows advanced tuning of handling characteristics by using two independent linear spring rates. The dual rate spring we offer is of equivalent concept. It employs two specifically engineered linear spring rates with a specifically located transition point between the two rates. Therefore, it is more linear spring than progressive spring in nature, yet is a third category.
We warranty our spring kit with our lifetime product warranty. Tesla’s warranty covers their products but Tesla does not keep inventory or purchase non Tesla products for warranty repair, they only warranty what they manufacture.
A vehicle’s comprehensive warranty as a whole may not be voided due to use of aftermarket parts per the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act (https://www.sema.org/sema-enews/2011/01/ftc-validates-right-to-install-aftermarket-parts). However, a manufacturer may require a customer to pay for parts and labor for a repair if there is direct causation between a customer’s alteration and the product or service repair being requested. It is in both manufacturer and customer’s interest to follow logic and reason so that the system of good faith is not abused. If this topic interests you please read the law as well as your warranty documentation. Ultimately we are Tesla owners and enthusiasts, we are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice.
Shock life on a vehicle depends on many variables such as driving prolonged periods of time on unpaved surfaces in rural routes, high performance driving on winding roads, motorsports use, and/or other high impact situations. It has been reported at times that extreme lowering of a vehicle can in instances shorten the life cycle of shocks for example. If you research online you may see examples of extreme cases in which a car was lowered well outside of the safe operating range of the shock valving, and doing so can lead to excessive wear. In those extreme cases, when driving a vehicle that is too low and operating outside of the shock’s range, it can be typically felt with noticeable degradation of ride quality resulting in rough and bouncy driving. Our product does not fall into such an extreme and this particular topic has shades of gray in between the extremes. There is ultimately no definitive formula in determining how much or how little wear a shock will incur over time because shock wear encompasses many use factors, height being one of them. Out of an abundance of caution, we encourage that precaution is taken with regards to the possibility of more frequent purchasing or rebuilding of shocks or related components in correlation with driving style and lowering. This topic is largely similar to the understanding that when driving aggressively tires will wear faster and tire costs may increase as a result of more aggressive driving. Ultimately if this is of concern then lowering your car may not be the right choice for you.
Every vehicle’s alignment correlates to ride height and adjusts freely as height changes. For example, if you ask any Model S or Model X owner with air suspension, they will tell you that they love how the car looks and performs when driving on the lower range of settings. They will also often advise that they experience some additional tire wear from negative camber. What they are experiencing is that the car is aligned at a fixed height, and when air suspension lowers the car lowers and the alignment changes relative to height. A lower height typically results in more negative camber which can both increase handling and decrease tire lifespan. Getting a car re-aligned allows each owner options for setting an adjustable alignment characteristics. This enables you to to inform your alignment shop as to whether you would like alignment to be more aggressive (trading tire wear for handling) or more economical (trading off maximum grip for better tire wear). Please note that while alignment shops can adjust these settings to your tastes, there is a limitation on the ranges of adjustment.
Yes, your ground clearance will be adjusted by equivalent lowering value of the lowering spring you select. We address this question in greater depth above within the subject “which version should I get?”. Cars of factory height and of all shapes and sizes unfortunately sometimes encounter situations in which they scrape and/or incur damage. In such cases the cost of that damage is the responsibility of the driver and not of the vehicle or aftermarket part manufacturer. When choosing to lower your vehicle, we encourage you to be aware that you are reducing ground clearance and therefore increasing your chances of impact. Drivers of previously low cars tend to understand this inherently, however if this topic is new to you please take consideration of all facts before making your decision.
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Version

Mild, Moderate, Low