How to wrap your Model S centre console sliding door trim in carbon fibre
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IMPORTANT: Remember modifying your vehicle may invalidate part of its warranty so be careful and check with Tesla if you’re unsure, also any modifications will most likely need to be OK’d with your car insurance company.
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Tesla sell this part in carbon fibre for £80 so you may consider this as a quicker option.
You can buy a pre-cut piece of carbon fibre from RPM Tesla and follow this YouTube video – Again this is probably a quicker solution
All new vehicles (Middle of 2017 onwards) have this piece wrapped in carbon fibre already
Most likely this method will cause a slight knife mark on the existing material (that you’re covering) around the chrome piece, however, it should offer a superior solution to RPM Teslas version (in theory but it will depend on your ability to cut straight)
To start you have three options:
Remove the top piece of the sliding mechanism to wrap (fairly easy to do but not easy to put back together)
Wrap it in place (fairly easy to do but you will have to cut the piece of vinyl perfectly within the car which will be tricky and risks damage to the rest of the car)
Remove the whole unit – Now if it’s the Premium Drop In Center Console Assembly, aka was an OEM aftermarket install and didn’t come as standard that process is fairly simple (check this YouTube video) but if you have the factory fitted centre console it’s a little more complicated as it’s more integral to the car
I went for option 1, which worked to a point and then I broke one part (later fixed by Tesla) but I learnt some valuable lessons to hopefully stop it from happening to you.
So the actual plastic cover slides off and can be removed from the runners, however, in doing so you have to force the underneath tray upwards (which can cause damage to the leather surrounding) instead you can remove
The best method of wrapping the Tesla is by removing each panel you require to be wrapped and wrapping it outside the vehicle, however, it is possible to wrap without doing this if you don’t want to run the risk of breaking a clip etc.