Ordered Center Console from TAPTES. Shipping was super fast. Had to remove yacht floor in order to fit it.


Yoke Steering Wheel

Ordered Yoke wheel from AliExpress. They take 10 days to build it to your specifications. To remove standard wheel you have to loosen the two T30 Torx bolts behind the wheel to remove the air bag and switches and then use a 10mm key to loosen the center nut. It was in there pretty hard. Had to use my air impact tool to loosen it.

 Installation was semi easy. had to drill some of the rubber wider to remove the 2 bolts from the old wheel and same to insert them into the yoke. Also had to clean out and widen the rubber to accommodate the plastic tabs of the air bag surround. When it was all installed I reconnected the first responder loop and 12V battery. Then all hell broke loose! Got messages "Unable to drive", "Reduced power", 'Car needs service" etc. All 12V functions worked but it refused to charge. Probably all my fault because I did not power off before disconnecting the 12V battery. An hour later both screens were black but all other 12V function like wipers and windows worked. Earliest Tesla service appointments were available May 10th. Thanks to a friend who suggested re-checking the responder loop connector and giving a charge to the 12V battery the car magically came alive again. Went for a test drive to the beer store and all is well.

Auto Lift of Trunk Shelf

Many times I flip up the shelf and forget to put it down. So, with some fishing line I automated the process.

See it operating here

Frunk Auto Open and Close Mechanism

I ordered the open/close kit for the Frunk. Although it stated that it was for "facelift" model only, it installs perfectly with late 2014 Dual Motor models with single catch.

See it operating here


Door Soft Close Mechanism

I ordered the "soft close" kit for all four doors

It involves removing the existing closing latch and installing the new one. Difficulty was routing wires and connectors to avoid lowering window. Also pulling wires through the door to frame grommet was a challenge.

This is the way it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb3S49FCOqU

After struggling on and off for nearly two years, Cyril Wheeler, independent Tesla mechanic, managed to pull the rear seat bolsters off for me. Now I installed the rear mechanisms.

Door Storage Pocket

 Was inspired by TMC guy who did this. He published his template which I used.

First I removed the door panel and taped the template into position and then used a Dremel cutter.

Then trimmed the rough edge with a knife and then applied the automotive trim I got from Amazon

Applying trim to passenger door pocket

Voila! the finished product

Interior of the pockets are lined with black vinyl cloth. I did not remove any of the sound insulation felt.


Tesla Logo "Puddle" lights

 Installed Tesla logo projector lights in the bottom of all 4 doors.

Ludicrous Upgrade

 I had the "Ludicrous" performance update done and enhanced the doors by applying "Zero emission" logos.

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BlackVue DR650GW-2CH

 I installed a Blackvue front and back camera. The front camera position was determined by temporarily connecting the camera to power and using the WiFi feature looking at the live picture.

The wires for both the rear camera and power were easily hidden in the space between the windshield and roof covering. The rear camera cable was  neatly hidden under the door roof rubber strips. The power cable was routed under same rubber strip down the door post and then to the front fuse box.

The rear camera was center mounted close to the top as possible. The cable from the front exits at the rubber strip and was hidden then under the plastic window surround. I probably could have it routed in the existing cable tunnel but that would have meant removing lots of panels.

LED Trunk Lighting

I decided to light up the trunk area a bit more than what the two little LED lights provided. Purchased at Wal-Mart a set of 2 bright LED strips, mounted them at each side under the shelf cover lip. Connected the wires to the existing LED wiring.

LED Frunk Lighting

To light up the Frunk area, I purchased at Wal-Mart a set of 2 bright LED strips, mounted them on the inside of the hood pad upper lip. Routed the wires under the hood pad and under the plastic covers to the existing LED light wiring. Since i have the cold weather package I was able to enclose the wires into the existing flex cable channel.


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