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  • #31
    Tesla motor is in

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    • #32
      I mean it is at my house, still needs to be mounted to the frame. I will try and post some pictures.

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      • #33
        https://www.instagram.com/p/B0kP7ugpRnR/

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        • #34
          making progress

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          • #35
            For those wanting a few more details

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_DMu-_KCpY

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            • #36
              Very impressive build. Thanks for sharing.

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              • #37
                Thanks for the encouragement

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                • #38
                  Hey all, I got the front brake lines installed.

                  For those wanting more details
                  https://youtu.be/nIyKVcABzVE

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                  • #39
                    Have you given much thought into the suspension? The kit was based on using a Honda engine. Your talking about doubling the horse power and probably tripling the torque. That's asking a lot from those parts.

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                    • #40
                      I am planning to use the stock Tesla suspension (which is what it was designed for). I may switch out the air suspension for coilovers due to the weight difference and vehicle dynamics.

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                      • #41
                        Tesla front and back? One thing to think about is the weight of the batteries. Not sure the amount your planning on using but it will effect the overall suspension.

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                        • #42
                          Just the back. The overall weight of the car will be roughly the same as what the suspension was designed for (maybe +10%). I figured vehicle dynamics, cornering, turn-in, etc. would be fine with the front kit suspension. The rear, I had some of the same concerns about the amount of torque the different motor would have and that it would wreak havoc on the rear suspension. I figured I would keep the entire rear subframe from the Tesla (including control arms, spindles, rotors, etc.). This way as long as I join the subframe securely to the kit frame we should be good. With the different vehicle dynamics (Tesla vs. Kit) I have been thinking about swapping out the air struts with coilovers but haven't crossed that decision yet.

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                          • #43
                            Starting on Tesla motor cooling system.

                            For those wanting more details
                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KviMFySdezc

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                            • #44
                              Good to know your thinking about the cornering effects. While I admit that I haven't done the load analyst on the original K1 front suspension, with your setup your going to be able to generate a great deal more cornering force.

                              Side story. I had built a Porsche 356 in which I installed a Subaru 2.0 turbo engine. The weight did not increase much but my power and torque increase dramatically. I ended up having problems with the front wheel bearings and ended up having to machine new spindles. Not saying this will happen to you but something to watch out for.

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                              • #45
                                Thanks for the heads up.

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