Roof Rack!

Model 3 Roof Rack Installation

Woot! Received and installed my Tesla Model 3 roof rack!! One of the key items necessary to make this car viable for my family was availability of a roof rack, so I was stoked to see it officially announced at about the same time I ordered the car.

Check out the video for all of the nitty-gritty details!

Install of Tesla Model 3 roof rack on my car

Here’s a couple of images as well:

For those who would rather read text than watch a video, I plan to add a bit of a description later.

For now I’m off to the ski hill!

Updated:

Ok a couple more items on the roof rack – if you didn’t watch the video, here’s my TLDW list:

  • Install in general is pretty easy, they did a nice job of coding where each piece belongs
  • I’m not too keen on the ‘stick-on’ pieces of plastic – with the rack removed, they are going to stay behind and look a bit hokey
  • However! I think the plastic strips are probably unnecessary, given the rubber feet seem pretty good and aren’t likely to slide around, so provided you clean the dirt off each time you mount, I don’t think it would affect your point (YMMV!)
  • The “J-bolts” are too short I think; should be another 1/8″ longer… and probably the better way to avoid this issue at all is to have a regular hex nut (but customized with the notch for the locking feature) instead of the Allen-nut, which causes conflict between being able to have a sufficiently long bolt and a way to tighten it. Put the “tightening” function on the outside of the nut and you remove this issue! You could then have a bolt 3/8″ longer or more, and make it super easy to put the rack on and off
  • Because of the aforementioned short J-bolt, the rack was finicky to install, and I’m likely to just leave it on until Tesla offers better hardware for mounting
  • The spacing on the bars is a bit on the short side; only 28″ (71cm) from leading edge to leading edge; I had to drill new holes in my roof pod to allow for installation
  • The rack looks aesthetically pleasing, and I like the look of the rack + pod on the car myself.
Showing how much stuff we crammed in the roof box, and how easy it made it to fit our stuff in the car for the day

I’m impressed by the amount of room in the trunk too – I think we could pretty easily do a weekend away trip with 4 sets of DH skis and 4 sets of nordic skis.

I’m planning to do a detailed look at consumption this week – hopefully with a controlled test on New Year’s day when the weather stabilizes. I’ve also been logging my daily commute with TeslaFi, so will check how it compares this week with rack + pod vs bare roof from the previous few weeks. Be sure to follow this blog to be emailed updates automatically. Update: consumption test posted!

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kootenay andrew

kootenay andrew

Andrew is an environmental engineer by day, "kid activity/school volunteer" by evening, and EV advocate / blogger in his remaining spare time.

He is very passionate about the future of energy generation & usage.He prefers bikes to cars, but acknowledges that Canadian cities have been developed primarily with cars in mind, so if we're going to drive, let's make them all EVs!(But let's get EV buses and take those where possible first.)
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Andrew is an environmental engineer by day, "kid activity/school volunteer" by evening, and EV advocate / blogger in his remaining spare time. He is very passionate about the future of energy generation & usage. He prefers bikes to cars, but acknowledges that Canadian cities have been developed primarily with cars in mind, so if we're going to drive, let's make them all EVs! (But let's get EV buses and take those where possible first.)

4 thoughts on “Roof Rack!”

  1. Looks like it was better thought out than I had inferred. Someone told me the system was really a Seasucker variant, but clearly that’s not the case! I’d say it should hold on as well as pretty much any other proprietary mount. I like also that the box is sitting with the nose slightly down, rather than up. Should be better for wind resistance and may even out the lift effect a bit.

    Have you managed to fill your trunk with snow yet?? That’s the only issue I have with the smooth back glass! 😉

    1. Thankfully I read about that one on the forums rather than first-hand. The only significant snow fall we had I just wiped off the trunk with my mitt, grabbed the snow brush and swept off the rest of the car before opening any doors etc. Worked a treat.

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