Best road-tested Tesla Model 3 accessories for all-weather long-distance safety and convenience

Posted by Paul Braren on Jan 5 2019 (updated on Apr 8 2020) in
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  • TinkerTry'd Tesla Model 3 known-good interior and exterior accessories close look

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    Amazon Shopping List view at left, Amazon Idea List view at right.

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    Disclosure: My family owns no stock in Tesla. Tesla doesn't advertise at TinkerTry, or anywhere else, and this is not a sponsored post. We financed the purchase of two Tesla Model 3s, replacing my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid in December of 2018 and replacing my wife's 2005 Honda Civic EX in December of 2019. These big moves to an all electric household were an expression of our mutual desire to go green, avoid gasoline, be safe, have fun, and save money in the long run. Mostly for my job, I drive a lot, 25,000 miles in 2019 for example, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned with you. I hope you can tell!


    This article keeps track of the Model 3 accessories I've TinkerTry'd for months, many for over a year. Most are featured in my detailed walkthrough videos, in 4K!. I plan to own my Model 3 for many years, and I'm detailing why I'm keeping the accessories that have been proven to work well for me, returning the others, and making notes and edits to this list as I go. I encourage you to revisit and refresh for the latest updates based on my first-hand experience. Also consider dropping a comment below to share your experience with any of these products on your Model 3, which will greatly enhance the experience for others reading this article.

    Table of Contents

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    Some of the links below are affiliate links, and some of them such as Skimlinks fav.co shortened URLs may need to be white-listed in your browser before they'll work.

    Let's start with items you can order from Tesla's online store directly that aren't as horribly overpriced, since it takes the longest to arrive, especially if you're far from California. In my experience, ordering four items on Wed Jan 02 2018, I got shipment notifications for three of then on Fri Jan 04 2018, due to arrive 10 days. There seems to be no expedited order processing, and no upgraded shipping options.

    I'm in New England, and I got my first Model 3 on Dec 23 2018, and another on Dec 2019, so yeah, I'm very used to dealing with winter! The roads are frequently salted here, so it was pretty urgent for me to find something to cover those dark black carpets with quickly.

    I've went with the Tesla branded rear trunk mat made by WeatherTech, a company whose more rubbery mats held up nicely in my previous car. As for the interior and frunk mat, I want more of my Model 3's rugs protected, you'll see what I chose and why in the Floor Mats and Frunk sections below.

    Tesla Shop

    From the Tesla Shop online store:

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    Click to see all Model 3 accessories at the online Tesla Shop.

    Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mats
    Rear Trunk
    SKU: 1143622-00-A
    QTY: 1 $130.00
    ETA Jan 14 2019 from Newark CA.

    Model S/X/3 Tire Repair Kit
    Black
    SKU: 1133009-00-A
    QTY: 1 $80.00
    ETA Jan 14 2019 from Newark CA.

    Model-3-Key-Card

    Model 3 Key Card
    SKU: TBD
    QTY: 1 $25.00
    On Jan 05 2020:

    This item is out of stock


    Floor Mats

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    These just arrived, and I installed them on my 2018 Model 3 LR AWD on Jan 08 2019, pictured here. They appear to look much better than OEM carpet mats in this vehicle, at least initially, especially with all the salt on your shoes around here. Bought another set for my wife's 2020 Model 3 that has no dead pedal cover, and yes, they still fit perfectly.
    Tesla Raj - Jul 30 2018 - Are these the best all weather floor mats for the Tesla Model 3?

    A lesser-known and newer contender that has no logos is the HEA #1 Tesla Model 3 Floor Mats - Premium All Weather & All Season Waterproof 3D Floor Liners - Front & Back Set of Floormats - Black Interior Accessories Without Logo Fits 2017-2019 [NOT 2020], but note, like the description says, it won't quite fit your 2020, they're working on a new version.


    Pedals

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    topfit Non-Slip Performance Foot Pedal Pads,Auto Aluminum Pedal Covers for Model 3[A Set of 2]

    More a nicety than a necessity, but I do like the way the hard plastic accelerator pedal is a bit bigger now, with a much grippier surface. Takes a few minutes, brute force, dexterity, and hot water to install these tight-fitting no-adhesive pedals. You certainly wouldn't want these to ever slip off accidentally. Basically makes your Model 3 pedals look like it has the better OE pedals of the Performance Model 3 pictured here, but those aren't available for purchase separately from Tesla's store.

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    Mar 6 2020 update - These EV Tuning pedals below appear to be a little narrower than the topfit, and are much more similar in appearance to the Performance Model 3 pedals. Narrower is better for me, because once in a while my shoe would catch the edge of the brake pedal briefly when going for the accelerator pedal. I just ordered this set

    and I'll let you know how it goes.


    Door Open Button

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    I tried so many brands and styles of these stickers, but none of the symbols worked as well as these words, I'm sorry to say. I really liked the raised rubber OEM feel of the Abstract Ocean Door Release Buttons, but alas, I'm sticking with the OPEN DOOR stickers. See what I did there?

    Do my parents and other car guests still sometimes pull the lever instead of push the button? Yes. But perhaps a little less often for those taking their first ride in a Model 3. Only time will tell.

    Would a large red X sticker to put over the emergency door handle release would be helpful? Maybe, but I can understand why there would be safety concerns in doing so. Would a sticker that channels light from the button LED into the car door icon be cool? Yes, but I doubt the Model 3's LEDs are bright enough for that to be effective. Maybe glow in the dark OPEN DOOR buttons instead of White?


    Screen

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    This is a high quality glass protector. All matte finish degrades the contrast and sharpness of the screen ever so slightly, but it's worth it. It does a fair job of hiding fingerprints and a good job at reducing the severity of direct sunlight reflections. Also comes in handy for avoiding most moire pattern artifacts when taking pictures or video of my screen.


    Cell phone charging

    Fastest wireless (Qi) charging for the two front passengers

    Let's tackle this next. The built-in USB-C and Lightning connectors don't charge very quickly, and can be a bit cumbersome to slide your phone into. One of my sons who warned me was right, I should go with Qi wireless charging.

    For Apple iPhones, Tesla's USB cables don't transmit audio signals over the USB cable either, so your Model 3 won't "see" an iPod to play music from. Once that reality set in, getting a way to charge as fast as possible over wireless seems very appealing to me, especially after driving my Tesla over 800 miles these first 2 weeks of joyful ownership.

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    Nomad Wireless Charger for Tesla Model 3
    • Nomad Wireless Charger for Tesla Model 3
      For the fastest possible charging over Qi wireless, with drop-in-and-go simplicity, try this highly rated (but back-ordered) device, hoping mine arrives by the 3rd week of January for me to update this article and let you know how it goes. Meanwhile, lots of favorable reviews, such as this article, and this discussion in the Tesla Forums.
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    New packaging at left, older packaging at right, with 1 year used Nomad also pictured.

    Dec 31 2019 - I went ahead and ordered a new Nomad, after noticing pretty extensive wear of the rubber surface, but still happy with the design. Perhaps this next generation design will hold up a litter better. I also found that my iPhone 11 Pro Max fits well, even if I use the Apple Smart Battery Case. The Jeda Tesla Model 3 Wireless Charger simply didn't work out for me, I tried. I didn't like that it doesn't have an LED to indicate charging, and my iPhone 11 Pro Max was just a bit too thick to keep it from sliding into the center console pocket, even when using the Jeda Spacer.

    So this article is trying to let you know that there might be a cost to that grippy rubber surface that works so well. It might mean that it doesn't last all that long, and could very well be why Tesla's original wired charging mat is a bit less grippy, but certainly shows scuff marks too.

    Jan 14 2019 - I'm very happy with this purchase. I even drove around a bit, and no tight turns were able to jostle my iPhone XS Max out of position. Charge rates seemed right around the expected 7.5 watt speed maximum that Apple allows, this is good! Going from 99% to 100% took almost half an hour, but the LED did go from Orange to White.

    Feb 20 2020 - I heard back from Nomad on my warranty claim for premature wear, here was the response:

    This issue has recently been brought to our attention and our team has a plan in place to use a different material for this top layer in the future.

    Fastest PD (Power Delivery) wired charging for the two rear passengers

    First, order one of these:

    For extremely fast charging of recent Apple products, using the 12V outlet in the center console, for rear and front passengers to use as needed:

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    Next, order two of these:

    Route these to each side, so they don't get crushed on their way into to the seatback pockets, for easy access by the rear passengers. Alternative, one to left rear seat, and the other alongside the front seat passenger seat, left in the area near the seat belt latch for passengers to use if Qi just isn't fast enough. An extra benefit to this approach is a lack of USB cables sticking out for the 5th center-rear passenger to bump into, when getting in and out.

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    Part #B07H24PJGP on Amazon.

    Finally, order one of these:

    Low profile connection prevents any issues with clearance when you're trying to put your organizer tray back into place after leaving this unit plugged in to your 12V outlet. Now you can use the Scosche charger, and still have an available outlet for whatever else you need, including a couple more USB ports too.

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    Real story about why fast charging for passengers can be important:

    Feb 09 2019 addition - I have a story to add. I was driving a fellow energy conference attendee to the Bradley Airport when he found himself with his rideshare being late, and his iPhone battery had become pretty low too. With only 25 minutes in my Model 3 together en route, I suggested he use my Lightning to USB-C cable for maximum charge speeds. He was pretty thankful to see his phone go right to over 30% charge during that short ride, and I'm so glad I was so very ready for exactly this circumstance. My phone in the wireless cradle, and his getting used with the long wire to place the call to cancel his ride-share whilst it was charging, and both of us content. Turns out this guy is Chris Nelder, and he's amazing. Have a listen to his work in [Episode #109] – Big Oil’s Climate Denial Machine!


    Center Console Rear (below arm rest)

    Break glass (and cut seatbelt) in case of emergency.
    There is some minor, distributed-over-a-large-area pinching force on the white Apple charging cables, evident in the flattened velor/suede texture, but there are no tight pinches when routed this way. I notice no noticeable damage to either cable, at least not yet.

    The resqme is a clever name for this tiny tool that cuts seat belts and breaks windows, should the need arise. Seems wise to have one of these on board, and yellow seems especially easy to spot. Highly rated, yet affordable. Seems like a better idea to use the center console for this. After a wreck, I don't think you'd want to rely on being able to open the glove box, especially if your vehicle is sinking. See also Mythbusters - Turn Turtle Experiment - Inverted Underwater Car. Available for a rather modest sub-$20 price in 2 pack form, but also available individually or in other colors on Amazon:

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    Amazon - resqme

    Toll Transponder

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    Image from E-ZPass wiki article.

    Hidden from this view, my new compact E-ZPass MA transponder is located here, even though you are supposed to put it here. I believe having a glass roof helps. I've checked my recent trips in my account, and they all read reliably from the new readers along the Massachusetts Turnpike that are part of the EZDriveMA system that I frequent. I've driven 25,000 miles this past year all over the northeast (lifetime map here) from Maine to Virginia, and I believe just twice the NJ Turnpike readers complained about not reading my transponder. Transponder image source here on Wikipedia.

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    Two of these will interlock with the things that are likely already attached to your toll transponder, just be sure to wipe the plastic surface under the armrest with alcohol first to clean it off, then be sure it's dry.

    LED Downlight Illuminates Entire Center Console

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    Amazon - NUTICT Ultra-Slim Rechargeable LED Closet Light
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    See this TinkerTry comment by Kevin Frey:

    Have you seen any good options for the armrest compartment lighting options (e.g. a small led light to shine in the armrest compartment tray)?
    I’d like to add this feature, but so far have not found anything “clean” looking.

    and my response:

    I have! Your comment inspired me to finally install it today, had been in the box for weeks. I seems to work well, but I will need to recharge it once in a while. Lifting the armrest beyond 45 degrees automatically turns the LED on and it shines into the top tray of the storage area. Open it further, it shines onto the entire center console, including the cell phone mats.
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    Get these removable fastener to secure the LED light (and Toll Transponder) to the underside of the armrest:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T3GNXB0?tag=tinkertryamzn-20

    TinkerTry YouTube Channel - Dec 30 2019 - Compact LED under-armrest downlight that illuminates the entire Tesla Model 3 center console

    Center Console Cupholders

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    • Cup Holder Insert for Tesla Model 3
      For me, I used all of the above pocket liners with the exception of the front and rear holder liners. When using the rear arm rest, I don't want passengers to have to fiddle with a liner that may have fallen out when the arm rest was up. For the front cup holder, I much prefer the removable rubber pocket approach, which also add a little pressure to smaller cans to help avoid tip-overs, and can easily be removed if a large thermal container doesn't quite fit with this liner in place.

    Center Console Front

    Hidden trash can

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    Once emptied of tissue, this box becomes my disposable garbage can. No need to line it or clean it, just empty the contents from time to time, and discard the box itself once it gets too beat up.

    Tissues
    Always helpful to have some of these on board.

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    Wet wipes
    Also handy for quick clean-ups, antibacterial hand wipes with no alcohol, so they should be very safe for wiping the Vegan Leather (vinyl) seats too.

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    Seen pictured from left to right, empty tissue box for trash, tissues, wipes.

    USB Hub

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    Has 2 USB A ports for your wireless charging mat and two USB C ports too! It keeps all your cabling organized, and it keeps your Roadie for Tesla and its precious video footage hidden from vandals. See also photos below.

    To fit the Micro USB based Roadie inside, you'll want to use one of the nice and short Anker cables that come in this 2-pack.

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    Flash Drive for high bitrate audio

    NOT for DashCam or Sentry mode, they're not fast enough, nor do they have anywhere near the required write endurance. Such drives are great for music. Once you use something like GUIFormat to reformat the drive as FAT32, you can put your music folders on there. Spotify users can use NoteBurner to get high quality files such as AAC or FLAC right from your favorite Spotify playlists! What better way to put those 10 speakers plus subwoofer to good use. None of the inevitable streaming quality degradation that Bluetooth and/or streaming over LTE can incur.

    Wireless Joystick

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    Works with Cuphead and all the rest of the games in Tesla Entertainment, for a little fun when you're parked. I would not recommend you leave the wireless dongle this gamepad comes with plugged in at all times, as it's 2.4GHz and you don't really want more stuff on that frequency than you already have, such as Tesla WiFi, Roadie WiFi, phone hotspots, and Bluetooth. I would recommend you just plug the dongle in when you need it, then start up your game and enjoy. There are lots of wired controllers that work with the Tesla Model 3, but it's slim pickings when it comes to wireless controllers that work properly. Enjoy!

    Flash Drive for Dashcam and Sentry Mode video including viewing/downloading via an app

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    As an alternative to traditional flash drives or SSDs such as the ones pictured above, I'm looking into Roadie for Tesla that uses a much more robust/less corruptible filesystem, see How the Roadie keeps your videos safer. It offers simple WiFi playback of your footage, without having to move your flash drive from your Model 3, a huge benefit since I never want to accidentally leave home without Dashcam and Sentry Mode automatically running. It seems to be a commercialized version of what TeslaUSB did as seen here on Crosstalk Solutions YouTube Channel.

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    It's based on Raspberry Pi Zero, and you connect your iOS/Android device via WiFi, here's more details on how that actually works:

    1. When you're at home, if both your Tesla and your phone are on the same WiFi, the Roadie app automatically tries to connect to your Roadie over that WiFi connection, to review and/or download Dashcam and/or Sentry Mode footage.

    2. When you're not at home, your Roadie app will fail to connect via your home's distant WiFi, so it automatically fails-over to trying to connect directly to the Roadie's built-in WiFi hotspot with Roadie in the SSID and you're all set. It's possible there's going to be better speeds when doing this in the future, with buffering common for 1.0x speed playback currently, even when your phone is right next to your Roadie.

    3. Alternatively, for possibly faster scrubbing through videos, you have your Roadie connect to your iOS/Android Personal Hotspot. I have not tested that yet, as it wasn't working on the launch week firmware, but it's likely now fixed with the latest 0.3 release.

    I do have a clip for you of my own tests so far, seen on YouTube below.

    TinkerTry YouTube Channel - Jan 13 2020 - Real-world testing of Roadie for Tesla: somebody disconnected me, seems I need a J1772 lock!
    TinkerTry YouTube Channel - Apr 07 2020 - Tesla Model 3 in-car onscreen TeslaCam/Sentry Mode video Viewer demo w/ Samsung T5 SSD & Roadie
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    Center Console Piano Black Finish

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    Center Console Accessories

    Here's the list of all items featured in the video above that are available on Amazon.


    Trunk

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    Do your shopping, at check-out, put your just-scanned groceries right into it, then lift and insert into your trunk in one shot

    Perfect for that sub-trunk area of your Model 3, you just need remember to take it in when you get to the grocery store. With plastic bags now outlawed here in Connecticut, this item has been in use on a weekly basis, and it has held up well. If you want to, you can store two of nested inside each other in the under trunk area, and you can still slide the lid over both of them. The challenge is what to do with any trunk mats and the lid when you're putting heavy groceries back into your trunk, still working on a solution for that.

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    • Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mats
      This mat has held up nicely heavy use for over a year now, with heavy luggage often shoved in and out. This mat also lifts easily for access to the often used under trunk storage area.

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    Let's face it, your car can move. You don't want stuff flying around the trunk every time you accelerate, brake, or turn. Inspired by this conversation on Tesla Forums, to my surprise, these things actually work, when used in conjunction with a trunk mat like Tesla's Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mats - Rear Trunk.

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    Use tinkertry coupon code to enjoy 15% off your first order at Abstract Ocean.

    Much much brighter trunk illumination than the ones Tesla includes with the Model 3. Installation too me all of 3 minutes, using an included spudger to carefully pry the original LED out. I followed along with the install video, with more videos here

    In the end, I chose the slightly pricier LEDs, due to better quality and brighter illumination. I almost lost one of the wires inside the door as the cable was quite short once I released the original LED, but jambing my pinkie finger in there to fish around for it worked out fine, laying flat on the garage floor to do so. The integrated cable extensions of the Oznium LEDs that I also tried were nice, but Abstract Ocean sells extenders for such situations too. I personally didn't need extenders for my two Model 3s.

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    These cover all 7 light locations, and 2 footwell locations if you have a Premium Plus interior. Abstract Ocean isn't on Amazon, but their site features convenient payments via Amazon, PayPal, or Google Pay, avoiding the hassle of setting up an account. Here's a sample review:

    John S.Verified Buyer
    11/27/18
    AO LED Lighting a huge improvement over OEM
    I purchased the 7-light set of white LED's for my Model 3. It took me less than 2 minutes per light to change out the two trunk lights, four door puddle lights, and one glovebox light. All light provide significantly brighter illumination for getting into and out of the vehicle at night, and for seeing anything in the dark trunk. The install video is right on target, all wiring connections are clip-type, and there is no damage done to either the light housings or the OEM lights so they could be put back if you wished to do so. Great value for me, very positive results!

    Abstract Ocean - Feb 16 2020 - Installing Ultra-Bright Lights on the Tesla Model 3

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    Oznium LED at left with odd colors and irregular patterns, and brighter Abstract Ocean LED at right.

    As mentioned above, I had also tried the Oznium Ultra-Bright Easy-Plug Replacement LED Interior Lighting Upgrade LEDs for Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 - Light Bulbs Kit fits Trunk, Frunk, Door Puddle, Foot-Well, etc - (4 Pack), but they just weren't as bright, as seen at right. The lighting they cast didn't seem to be particularly even in color, or brightness.

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    Abstract Ocean Ultra-Bright LED Lights.

    Frunk

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    • Tesla Model 3 Lifting Jack pad - 4 Pack
      Just in case you have an encounter with a pothole while far from home, not all garages are prepared for Teslas. It's best to have a set of these on hand, to make it less likely you'll get your battery damaged.

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    Front Plate

    Revolutionary snap fit front license plate bracket: easy on, easy off.

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    Floating ahead of the bumper, no paint contact!

    If you wish to have a secure quick release mechanism for your front license plate, the new LivingTesla SnapPlate seems to work quite well, and takes just a few seconds, literally. Remarkably designed, with no painted surface of your bumper contacted!

    Advantages of such a removable bracket/plate approach include:

    1. Makes washing bugs and dirt off then entire front bumper a lot easier. Just remove the assembly at the car wash, clean the car, then reinstall.
    2. Makes Model 3 owners who drive to states where front plates are required compliant.
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    It's pretty amazing what 3D printing can do with an ingenious design. While the current price is a bit high, that's certainly expected given the relatively low volumes an upstart company like LivingTesla can likely handle. If you don't want to just hope for good things down the road for companies like LivingTesla that show considerable ingenuity, you can contribute directly by ordering a SnapPlate for your Model 3. You can follow Matthew @LivingTesla, view his shipping tweets here and here, and his animated gif mount/dismount tweet that shows how crazy fast and easy it is to mount/dismount.

    One minor thing I did notice is a little bit (maybe 4 mm) of plate warpage, but I'm not really sure if that was my plate, or something about the way it's fastened to the bracket. It seems Connecticut plates might be a big unusual in that they only have 4 holes, not the usual 4 slots. So in my state at least, there's not really any easy way to tweak the way the plate is screwed down to the SnapPlate bracket.

    Product Feedback

    Nitpicking aside, the slight warpage is hardly noticeable when the SnapPlate is on my Model 3, and I'm very happy this product. About a drive a thousand miles with it over the first 5 days of September 2019, and I'll report back if anything happens.

    If you have some feedback, feel free to drop one below this article, or email contact@livingtesla.com directly.

    Order

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    LivingTesla has a ton of Model 3 Accessories, and the SnapPlate ordering page is here:

    Description
    The idea for SnapPlate was born when I got a ticket for not having a front license plate the same weekend I bought a new 3D printer. As a self-proclaimed front-license-plate hater, I wanted something that was easy to install when traveling to areas that enforce front license plate use and easy to remove the rest of the time. None of the options available had every feature I wanted, so I made one…and then all my Tesla friends wanted one too.

    SnapPlate attaches and removes in a snap and is:

    • Paint-safe
    • Grille-safe
    • Radiator-safe
    • Autopilot safe
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    Close-up of SnapPlate quick release mechanism
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    SnapPlate Videos

    LivingTesla - Aug 25 2019 - Introducing SnapPlate by LivingTesla
    TinkerTry - Aug 30 2019 - Unboxing & installing the LivingTesla SnapPlate into the grill below the Tesla Model 3 front bumper

    Glovebox

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    You might notice I didn't use one of the pieces shown here, so that the instruction manuals, available on-screen too, can fit.

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    For that extra key card kept in my wallet, this seems a much better way to hand to a valet, using this holder I keep in my glove box, making sure to turn on valet mode first, of course.

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    Don't forgot to also put an envelope in there, with your:

    • Registration
    • Proof of Insurance

    to go right on top of the manuals that the car comes with in the glove compartment, and that black Tesla cleaning cloth that you can use to clean the touch screen.

    See also Elon Musk said Tesla is fixing a problem that can happen after a Model 3 is involved in a crash.

    Elon Musk said Tesla will update vehicles with a feature that would open the glovebox automatically after a crash once the car has stopped.


    Exterior

    Mud Flaps

    Unlike some portions of Canada, there are no free Tesla-branded "protection kit" front mud flaps for Tesla Model 3 owners in New England, at least not yet.

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    So I bought these for both of our Model 3s, only available directly from the Tesla Owners Club of New York State at:

    • TESLA MODEL 3 MUD FLAPS

      New and improved. We now include 3-M tm PPF for rear plastic fender wheel well lip! Protect more of your paint and metal body work with our extra low and wide flexible 2 ply front mud flap system. Designed to do more than "auto store" 4 Mud Flap kits..with No holes required!
      ...
      slush before entering the garage.
      • Tapping the rear of the mudflap will help shed accumulated ice and slush before entering the garage.
      • Will not scrape & crack like cheap, thin "auto store" mud flaps.

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    At left, traditional mud flap, with some snow making it's way onto the rocker panel too. For the new mud flap pictured at right, an easily aimed gentle tap with the tip of my shoe caused the crud to slip right off. No worrying about kicking my car paint or dislodging the attachment hardware. These pictures were taken a minute apart and the crud is from the same storm.

    You'll find a video near the top of the EVSmartParts page, along with installation instructions and FAQ.

    I really like this creative solution to getting this solidly mounted using a 3rd anchor clip, avoiding the need to drill any holes in the plastic wheel well lining. Also worth nothing that these minimize the amount of material that touches the painted surfaces of the Model 3, so the likelihood of any permanent effects on the car are minimized, should I need to remove these someday. I notice they now include include 3-M tm PPF for rear plastic fender wheel well lip, so that the one tiny sliver of painted surface these do touch is better protected.

    Wax (which is actually a Ceramic Coating)

    It was about 55°F today in my garage in early November of 2019, finally warm enough to apply some DIY ceramic coating. First made sure my car was clean, then did a hand-washing with Optimum No Ring aka ONR. I probably should have then wiped the whole car down with rubbing alcohol, but I admit I missed that step, as it was getting dark and cold quickly and this could have been my last chance for a day above the minimum recommended application temperature of 50 °F for quite a while. Applying the Mothers 01024 CMX Ceramic Spray Coating was straight-forward with the Mothers 156801 Yellow Microfiber Ultra Soft Applicator Pads and wiping off with my microfiber Chemical Guys MIC_506_12 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towels, Gold.

    Be sure to also do the glass on your side view mirrors, this coating may help prevent the water spots that are common there in winter.

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    Mothers 156801 Yellow Microfiber Ultra Soft Applicator Pad [Six 5 Inch Pads]

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    Chemical Guys MIC_506_12 Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towels, Gold [16 Inch x 16 Inch] [Pack of 12]

    Side view mirrors

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    Advance Auto Parts - K-Source Wedge Spot Mirror, 1 1/2 Inch x 2 1/4 Inch
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    I found this product worked quite well for getting me a great view of my blind spots, with no adjustments needed after car washes. It is odd that a car of this cost, with all those cameras many of which are not in use yet, needs such a low-tech product for now. It would be preferable for the car to have the usual warning lights in the side view mirrors itself to indicate when it's not safe to lane-change, but software changes and the enablement of side cameras through software upgrades could make these mirrors a little less important in the future, especially if Tesla implements warning chimes.

    Here's a Model 3 Owners Club Podcast segment discussing the need for a chime warning for when lane-changing is not safe.

    I've included some pictures i took of the Ampper mirrors before I replaced them with the K-Souce mirrors. The wide angle view was similar, but I prefer not having to reposition the K-Source mirrors after every car wash.

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    Ampper mirror on my Tesla Model 3 side-view mirror, truck in my blind spot, very close to identical to the view I get with the K-Source mirrors, but now I don't need to readjust them after each car wash.
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    Ampper mirror on my Tesla Model 3 side-view mirror, truck leaving my blind spot, clearly visible out my side window now as well.

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    Feb 10 2019 Update - Look which article one of my sons just told me about:

    Will I still keep my blind spot mirrors? Probably, since when I'm not on Autopilot, I still prefer the single-glance instant awareness of what's going on in the other lane. This glance is done well before turning my head briefly to double-check before I flick the turn signal and begin the lane change.

    Turns out the blind spot detection software isn't quite there yet anyway.

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    Aero Wheel Covers just removed. Time to install the Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit from Tesla Shop.
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    Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit from Tesla Shop. Tesla logo wheel cap installed.
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    Tesla Model 3 Aero Wheel Cap Kit from Tesla Shop. Wheel lug caps added.

    At the expense of some efficiency, you can remove those Aero Wheel Covers, but you'll want to have these on hand. Keep in mind that you will need to remove that center cap to put the Aero Covers back on though, and I do wish there was a tool for that. Instead, it seems duct tape does the trick, see Tesla Model 3 center cap removal.


    Sound Dampening

    I'm a person that likes my computers quiet, and my cars too. The Tesla Model 3 is much quieter than the 2005 and 2006 Honda Civic EX and Hybrid that we used to drive. Now we can have normal conversations with our back seat passengers, this is great! While there is no engine noise heard a highway speeds, the tires and the wind do make some noise, and this is one area that the vehicle could use a little bit of affordable DIY help.

    I have not yet tried these first two products listed below, but I'll let you know how it goes when I get a chance to test them, and will update this article accordingly. I'll be also doing before and after measurements to be sure they're worthwhile, much like I did for the door seals below.

    Note that our 2018 Model has a giant vent in the middle of the rear deck, but our 2020 Model 3 does not, see also my article about all the differences. Even premium interior models with the subwoofer in the trunk no longer have this large opening to the trunk, so I doubt I'll be noticing a reduction in my beloved subwoofer volume once I've installed this mat in my 2018 Model 3 LR AWD.

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    Since I started using door seals in May of 2019, which is when I created this video,

    YouTube TinkerTry Channel - May 6 2019 - Tesla Model 3 interior noise measurably reduced by inexpensive self-stick car door trim

    a newer, highly rated pre-cut kit has come out. Its seals are similar to the ones I bought individually, but a little thicker, and they don't impede door closure at all. They're custom made, with capped ends and a pre-made right-angle for the front doors, which also eases installation. The molding comes pre-cut to length and labeled, which makes installation even easier. I think there's a very good chance these will work every bit as well as the seals I featured in my video description, and this Motrobe kit has some pretty darn good reviews on Amazon too. Nice!

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    Amazon - Motrobe Tesla Model 3 Door Seal Kit.

    In December of 2019, I've installed the Motrobe kit on my wife's new 2020 Tesla Model 3 SR+, and the dB reduction seems to be similar to what I did with my 2018 Tesla Model 3 a year ago, about 1.5 dB overall, with a larger reduction at the higher frequencies that tend to be the most annoying at speed.

    For even more information and sound tests using the same seals I purchased, see also Reduce Model 3 Road and Wind Noise and Dirty Door Sills, and new videos by other Model 3 owners below.

    Tesla's Wild Aug 19 2019 - Tesla Model 3 Cabin WIND NOISE Reduction - Step 2 [BASENOR]
    Mother Frunker, Aug 19 2019 - Tesla Model 3 Door Seal Kit Soundproof Rubber Weather | BASENOR

    This newer video really confirms much of what I said, with similar results and a similar test but more thorough methodology, only a whole lot more high budget and better production values. Even the arrangement of the measurement devices was similar, see also Matt's gracious tweet. I'm flattered by this, and am amazed at the high quality of what Matt produces.

    Undecided with Matt Ferrell - Sep 03 2019 - Tesla Model 3 Car Noise Reduction

    Garage

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    If your car's doors can strike your walls, here's a way to protect both the door and the wall.

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    Notice the 2 yellow parking aid balls, Amazon part # B074ZPJSWC, that I've aligned ahead, using parallax to be sure I pull straight into my garage. When my windshield makes contact with the nearest ball, I stop.

    Charging your Long Range at 40 amps using the 3rd Tesla Wall Connector

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    This is the older Wall Connector in silver, no longer available.

    For the Model 3 LR AWD, 48 amps meant 44 mph of charge.

    I have a detailed write-up on charging here:

    On Jan 15 2020, Tesla stopped selling all prior Wall Connectors with the arrival of the third generation Tesla Wall Connector, with installation information, commissioning procedure, and manual. From the product page:

    Description
    Charge at home, anytime. Tesla Wall Connector provides a full charge overnight for every homeowner. With customized power settings, the lightweight design allows for versatile indoor/outdoor use, including a range of electrical systems and mounting options.

    Monitor your charge with the Tesla app and receive notifications when complete. Wi-Fi connectivity enables over-the-air firmware updates and remote service if necessary. Tesla Wall Connector offers the best home charging experience for any Tesla owner.

    It is said to eventually use WiFi instead of a signal cable to coordinate charging when installed in series with other Connectors, and to provide energy consumption data. These capabilities will arrive via a future over-the-air firmware update. I had suspected that a new charger would be coming out soo, and this 3rd gen unit is now the only type of Wall Connector sold on Tesla's at home charging page. Its 18' cable length is considerably shorter than it's 24' predecessor. See also Tesla debuts 3rd gen Wall Connector charger with Wi-Fi and new white glass design.

    Since you'll be needing to pay an electrician just to get the top charging speeds for your Model 3, you may want to save considerably and just use the charger your car came with, read onward...

    Charging your SR+ at the max 32 amps using the Mobile Connector Kit it came with

    For the Model 3 SR+, 32 amps means 30 mph of charge.

    The Standard Range Plus comes with the Gen 2 Mobile Connector Bundle, but you can buy another at $275 from Tesla to keep in your frunk at all times. The Long Range AWD can handle up to 48 amps, but that

    Either of the above chargers above can charge your Model 3 from almost empty overnight, taking a little longer if it's very cold out.

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    Jan 12 2020 Update:
    This new cable organizer just came out last week, perfect timing, as I was just putting the finishing touches on my wall mount for my wife's new Model 3, pictured below. Works great! That hook to the right of the NEMA 14-50 outlet is for my charging cord to hang from the ceiling out of the way when done charging. I'll write up a separate article with video about if there's interest.

    Close look at the new "Tesla Cable Organizer 2.0" - what's in the box and how it looks installed

    I also now have an article dedicated to how I handled charging in my garage with several video overviews and install tips, see:

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    That hook seen to the right of the NEMA 14-50 outlet is for super-fast out-of-the-way stowing of the cable when my wife is done charging. Nothing to trip on!

    Washing

    First, hand wash at a touchless car wash, but not one that uses Simoniz. Why? My investigation into this is preliminary, but it's documented at TinkerTry here. This cosmetic issue seems to have directly impacted me, see my pic of my marred and discolored chrome taken last summer and posted here.

    So use touchless car washes that doesn't use Simoniz, or pre-clean pressure wash your car in your own driveway, see more details on my pressure washer choice below.

    Once you've gotten the caked on salt (winter) or dirt (summer) off, you're ready for a rinseless car wash by hand that I've found works well for my needs, and it can be done in your garage, even in the winter! Well, ideally, above freezing in your garage, so you don't wind up with iced over puddles to slip on.

    Get yourself 2 packs of a dozen towels, one set for washing, one set for spray waxing and drying.

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    Next, never wash Microfiber towels with regular clothes detergent, use this instead:

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    Get yourself a bucket...

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    One gallon of distilled water per wash, purchased locally for under a dollar a gallon, or made with a water distiller.

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    Finally, some amazing car wash that can last for years, a capful per gallon

    One-bucket car wash system
    How do you wash your vehicle with just one bucket? I had to learn, I've apparently been doing it wrong for over 30 years. Here's the process, which is basically a summary of the video below:

    1. pour the gallon of distilled water into the bucket
    2. pour a capful of No Rinse into the bucket
    3. fold 24 Microfiber towels twice each, make one pile of 12 that will get wet, and the other pile of 12 that will be used to dry
    4. press the towels down into the bottom of the bucket, making sure they all get soaked
    5. remove a towel, squeeze enough water out of it so it drips slowly, and wipe across the top of the car roof to the windshield, then a second swipe back up to the top of the car
    6. flip the towel over, repeat for the next unwashed front-to-back strip, then toss that dirty towel into a laundry hamper (NOT in the clean bucket)
    7. unfold then refold the wet towel to keep getting a fresh 1/8 of the surface of the towel against the paint of your car, 2 stripes about 5' to 8' in length at time
    8. grab a folded dry towel and dry off the 4 strips you just cleaned, don't re-use, toss into a laundry hamper
    9. once all 8 quarters of each side of the towel are dirty, get a clean towel out of the bucket and repeat steps 5 to 8 until done
    10. when you're done washing your car, launder those towels right away in a separate load using that special detergent, since you don't want wet towels laying around to get moldy, also be sure to NOT use a fabric softener, since that will ruin the towels
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    Wilson Auto Detailing - Jun 19 2018 - No More 2 Bucket Wash Method! Stop Wasting Your Customer's Time

    Pre-wash your car
    To pre-clean your Tesla, and your driveway and home, do you really want a gas powered pressure washer to maintain, polluting your neighborhood with noise and exhaust? Yet again, my 4 year old gas powered washer wouldn't start, so I've chosen Wirecutters top pick to replace it:

    The best pressure washer
    PUBLISHED JULY 20, 2018
    Your guide
    Doug Mahoney
    ...
    With extra-large wheels, a long hose, a high-end induction motor, and a well-designed GFCI plug, this Ryobi model is the most user-friendly electric pressure washer.
    ...
    We recommend an electric pressure washer for most homeowners since that type is easier to use and maintain than a gas model (gas washers are more powerful, but most people don’t need the extra oomph). The quiet-running brushless induction motor of the Ryobi RY142300 should last for years, and the machine’s heft helps make it really hard to tip over ...
    The company’s three-year limited warranty is also the longest we found. The RY142300 costs a little more—$50 to $100 more—than the rest, but if you’ll be using it three or more times a year, it’s the best value.
    ...

    See also the Ryobi product page at 2300 PSI BRUSHLESS ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASHER MODEL: #RY142300.

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    Ryobi #RY142300 Product Page.

    Also available at Home Depot online and in some stores for a bit less:

    Despite some favorable ratings, the Greenworks GPW1951 1950-PSI Electric Pressure Washer just didn't work out for me, with the hose to the pressure wand kinking up immediately, and clumsy handling.

    Tire Inflation / Pumping Air

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      I'm not a fan of the threaded connection the pump comes with, as I seem to experience a 2-3 PSI loss now matter how fast I try to disconnect. This adapter solves that issue, with only a brief puff of air heard escaping when the release lever is flipped.

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    Software

    I found this excellent Tezlab vs. TeslaFi video by Matt Ferrell.

    Undecided with Matt Ferrell - Oct 30 2018 - Apps For Tesla Owners - Tezlab vs. TeslaFi
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    Click the screenshot above to get started with TeslaFi.

    TeslaFi - You can get 30 days free free, or 14 days free using the non-affiliate link. For the access token TeslaFi requires so it can get data from my car, I avoided sharing my Tesla.com credentials by creating this token on my Windows system with the simple and free Windows Tesla Auth Token Generator, and steered clear of the "Enable Controls" option in my TeslaFi account. For Mac OS and iOS, you can give Tesla Token a try.


    Jan 08 2019 Update

    I've rearranged what I keep in which center console compartment, adjusting the article above accordingly.


    Jan 20 2019 Update

    Added Amazon Shopping list, and made numerous updates to the article.


    Feb 10 2019 Update

    Added side view mirrors in new Exterior section above.


    Mar 16 2019 Update

    Added Anker USB C to Lightning cables above.


    Apr 29 2019 Update

    Nice to finally have decent weather, and some chances to finally wash my car by hand. Made a bunch of updates to the article above, based on 8,000 miles of travel these first 4 months of Model 3 ownership.


    Dec 31 2019 Update

    Changed from this Te-Rich Car Socket Splitter to one that doesn't have a button that accidentally get turned off. Changed which side-view wide angle mirror I'm using. Article updated.


    Jan 12 2020 Update

    Photos

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    Jan 15 2020 Update

    Today the third generation Tesla Wall Connector became available, article above updated accordingly.


    Jan 21 2020 Update

    See also the intriguing Wallbox Quasar bidirectional home DC charger will turn EVs into a huge Tesla Powerwall that isn't Tesla compatible today, but sure seems of interest in the future.


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    Free Supercharging: If you find this article of value and decide to order a Tesla, please consider using this ts.la/paul68544 referral link when placing your order so you and I both get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging. If you order Solar, it's a $250 award after system activation.

    Disclosure: My family owns no stock in Tesla. Tesla doesn't advertise at TinkerTry, or anywhere else, and this is not a sponsored post. We financed the purchase of two Tesla Model 3s, replacing my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid in December of 2018 and replacing my wife's 2005 Honda Civic EX in December of 2019. These big moves to an all electric household were an expression of our mutual desire to go green, avoid gasoline, be safe, have fun, and save money in the long run. Mostly for my job, I drive a lot, 25,000 miles in 2019 for example, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned with you. I hope you can tell!


    See also at TinkerTry

    All Tesla related articles:

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    CrossClimate

    first-v3-supercharger-in-the-northeastern-us-in-fairfield-connecticut

    tesla-on-hgg429

    differences-between-2018-and-2020-tesla-model-3

    one-year-and-25k-miles-of-tesla-model-3-is-going-incredibly-well

    tesla-tuesday

    model-3-blows-leaf-and-bolt-away

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    tesla-model-3-known-good-accessories

    This article goes into tremendous detail about what it's actually been like to own this car for the last year, covering over 25,000 miles, updated frequently:

    why-tesla-model-3-is-replacing-my-13-year-old-honda-civic-hybrid

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    Archival old revisions of this article

    Below are the items that didn't work out or are no longer available, just in case you're interested.
    I originally wrote this about the Nomad, but there were several inaccuracies. After a year of ownership, I've instead updated the article above, and deprecated this old text down below.

    For the fastest possible charging over Qi wireless, with drop-in-and-go simplicity, try this highly rated (but back-ordered) device, hoping mine arrives by the 3rd week of January for me to update this article and let you know how it goes. Meanwhile, lots of favorable reviews, such as this article, and this discussion in the Tesla Forums.

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    Nomad Wireless Charger for Tesla Model 3
    • Nomad Wireless Charger for Tesla Model 3
      The built-in battery is said to allow the fastest charging rates, since those 2 Tesla USB ports wouldn't give enough juice for two iPhones at the max of 7.5 watts, for example. I do sincerely hope that the built-in battery can be replaced down the road someday. - This was incorrect, there is no battery.

    Here's the friendly email I received soon after placing my order:

    From: NOMAD nomad@hellonomad.com
    Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:12 AM
    To: Paul Braren
    Subject: Your Tesla Charger

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for your recent order for a Tesla Charger. We're stoked you decided to check out our gear. This is meant to be a reminder that the charger is currently on backorder and will ship out to you on or before January 15th. If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email.

    • The Nomad Team

    Jan 14 2019 Update
    My Nomad Tesla Charger arrived! I let it warm up to room temp, then installed it in my Model 3, and so far, I'm very pleased with the results. None of the "cables are too short" issue that only a smattering of folks commented about, I'm very happy with this purchase. I even drove around a bit, and no tight turns were able to jostle my iPhone XS Max out of position. Charge rates seemed right around the expected 7.5 watt speed maximum that Apple allows, this is good! Going from 99% to 100% took almost half an hour, but the LED did go from Orange to White.

    In the winter months, my hood wouldn't always pop up to be able to open it the rest of the way with my finger tips. I therefore removed my recommendation of changing to anything other than the factory installed spring the car comes with. Archive below.

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    This first recommendation takes just 2 minutes to install, and I'd strongly recommend it to every Tesla Model 3 owner.

    Closing the frunk is a thing that takes too much care, a procedure that's even detailed in the manual to avoid hood damage. The thing is, when your car is new, you'll be showing the empty engine bay to everybody. They might close the hood "wrong" with a slamming or a dropping that won't result in the expected latching. Avoid all that with this quick fix, making the closing of your frunk an easy two finger effort.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.
    The procedure at 1 minute 10 seconds in to replace the spring is from Brian from i1Tesla, who created this video below. He's using a brand of spring that I found to be too weak, at least not without replacing my struts, which I was more worried about doing. No problem, this forum conversation led me to this exact spring that's widely available at your local Home Depot (or online), works great while leaving the rest of the trunk alone, including the struts:

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    You'll only need to use one of larger springs included in this 4 pack, and if you don't like this fix for some reason, you can always put the original spring right back in.

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    Putting this emergency-use-only gear in the frunk leaves that wonderful below-trunk space (where a gas tank normally would be) available for groceries and such, so they don't move about.

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    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.
    I found this product worked quite well for getting me a great view of my blind spots. Mine are both adjusted outward as far as possible. It is odd that a car of this cost, with all those cameras many of which are not in use yet, needs such a low-tech product for now. It would be preferable for the car to have the usual warning lights in the side view mirrors itself to indicate when it's not safe to lane-change, but software changes and enablement of side cameras through software upgrades could make these mirrors a little less important in the future, especially if Tesla implements warning chimes.

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    I had also tried the High Definition Ultra Low Profile Blind Spot Mirrors from Abstract Ocean, but they failed to provide enough coverage beyond the sides of my vehicle, even when adjusted to point away from my car as far as possible. They just showed far too much of my own car, filling about half of the small circle of wide-angle view, at least from my driving position. Fishing line and Goo Gone worked nicely to remove them easily enough.

    Here's a Model 3 Owners Club Podcast segment discussing the need for a chime warning for when lane-changing is not safe.

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    Ampper mirror on my Tesla Model 3 side-view mirror, truck in my blind spot.
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    Ampper mirror on my Tesla Model 3 side-view mirror, truck leaving my blind spot, clearly visible out my side window now as well.
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    Feb 10 2019 Update - Look which article one of my sons just told me about:

    Will I still keep my blind spot mirrors? Probably, since when I'm not on Autopilot, I still prefer the single-glance instant awareness of what's going on in the other lane. This glance is done well before turning my head briefly to double-check before I flick the turn signal and begin the lane change.

    Turns out the blind spot detection software isn't quite there yet anyway.

    I had also tried the High Definition Ultra Low Profile Blind Spot Mirrors from Abstract Ocean, but they failed to provide enough coverage beyond the sides of my vehicle, even when adjusted to point away from my car as far as possible. They just showed far too much of my own car, filling about half of the small circle of wide-angle view, at least from my driving position. Fishing line and Goo Gone worked nicely to remove them easily enough.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.

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    It seems the BASENOR Tesla Model 3 Glove Box Organizer is no longer available at Amazon, but I found an item that looks to be the same functionality here:


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.

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    I spotted door release stickers at these 3 places:

    I tried both products, and am quite happy with the OEM look and feel, along with easy installation, of the:

    If you remember to enter enter tinkertry (or TinkerTry or TINKERTRY) in the Coupon/Gift Certificate field and click Apply, you'll enjoy 15% off your first order!

    I went with black. The little 3D stickers fit right over your door button. They have a slightly rubbery fee. Be sure to wipe with alcohol first, then line the sticker up with the (dim) LED on each of those buttons.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.
    I initially the readily available on Amazon Prime ToughPRO Tesla Model 3 Floor Mats Set, but they simply weren't up to the job of containing dirt, and frequently, the front passenger mat would curl back from normal acceleration. An odd problem to have. They also have no lip around the edges to contain water and dirt. So I'll be requesting a refund on those.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.

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    Here's the ToughPRO Floor Mat that didn't work out well for me, as it kept curling on me whenever I accelerated.

    Back in Dec of 2018, I went ahead and ordered the Tesla frunk and rear trunk mats, actually made by WeatherTech, whose mats held up nicely in my previous car. I'm skipping the interior Tesla/WeatherTech mats this time though, since I want more of my Model 3's rugs protected, see what I chose in the Floor Mats section below.
    See also Tesla Frunk Model 3 All-Weather Cargo Mats

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    QTY: 1 $70.00


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.

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    Finally, as others have noticed, when driving around 45 mph today with very strong cross-winds, I noticed a bit of wind noise was apparent from the inside, mostly from the top of the windshield. This might be reduced with the RPM Tesla Model 3 Wind Noise Reduction Kit. Or it could be just that there is so little engine noise, such wind noise is more pronounced on such EVs. I won't know more until I get a chance to test later in January 2019.
    I have since removed this molding, as it had a tendency to shift over time, and I didn't particularly care for fiddling with it, or worry about it falling off.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.

    These rubber pieces didn't add enough value to be worth it, since I don't put food or anything wet in my center console pockets. I didn't bother installing them in my wife's 2020 Tesla.

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    These fit at the bottom of all center console compartments, not really something visible, but could help prevent some wear, tear, and stains.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.
    Flash Drive for Dashcam and Sentry Mode video

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    ~~If you want to use Sentry Mode and Dashcam functions, those need more write endurance, and it sure would be enjoy the fast transfer speeds to your computer when it comes time to take some video off for review and archive. Here's an excellent choice I'm using.

    For automatic recording of Tesla Model 3 Dashcam footage, just reformat the drive as FAT32 using Rufus, then create a directory called /TeslaCam in the root of that empty drive. Tada, it now "just works," with the dashcam automatically recording footage as you go, deleting the oldest video only when it has to. See also Clean Technica's How To Set Up The Dashcam In A Tesla Running Firmware v9.0 by Kyle Field, and Tesla's Discover Software Version 9.0 article, with Dashcam explained at this spot. No fancy dual partion stuff needed either, when using a USB hub like this. I found having a second USB drive also formatted FAT32 seemed to be seen just fine by the Model 3's display under USB, and FLAC playback sounded great.

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    To keep your center console wiring tidy, you may want to get one of these short cables to replace the far too long one that comes with the T5 Portable SSD.


    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.
    USB Hub
    To allow the use of both front USB ports and the dashcam recording to USB flash drive function:

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    Below is an item that didn't work out, just in case you want to learn why.
    Flash Drive for high bitrate audio

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    Designed to work great for music [reads], NOT for video [writes]!

    NOT for DashCam or Sentry mode, they're not fast enough, nor do they have anywhere near the required write endurance. Such drives are great for music. You can even use NoteBurner to get high quality files such as AAC from your Spotify playlists! If you want to have some high bitrate FLAC files on a USB drive to put those 10 speakers plus subwoofer to good use, get one of these:

    which also happen to work great for my many years of use as a boot device for the VMware ESXi hypervisor!