MPP Model 3 Solid Front Lower Control Arm Bushings

(3 customer reviews)

$325.00$375.00

The best bushing upgrade you can do to your Model 3!

  • Outer housing CNC’d from billet 6061-T6 aluminum
  • Anodized for durability and aesthetics
  • Sealed spherical bearings deliver a more responsive steering feel, increased stability and enhanced overall connection to the road.
  • No noise or wear unlike other brands using spherical rod ends
  • Massive improvement to turn-in response and front end feeling

Fits these vehicles: Model 3 RWD, Dual Motor, Performance, Performance w/ PUP

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Description

Possibly the most significant bushing replacement on the entire car, the front lower control arm bushing moves laterally significantly when cornering. This results in a less than direct feeling through the steering wheel, and a wallowing or wiggle as the car “takes a set” upon entering a corner. But it gets worse. As the outside wheel and tire carry most of the cornering load, this outside bushing deflects more than the inside bushing. This results in a change of toe and camber in the front suspension, which reduces total front grip.

That’s not even the worst part! The OE Tesla lower control arm has a known tendency to come loose after aggressive track driving with high grip tires. In fact, the bolts totally backed themselves out on us during our Laguna Seca Time Attack event, and frankly we were lucky that the arm stayed on at all. The last half of the lap was completed with the bolts literally being held in place by the factory plastic undertray. This happened despite torquing the bolts higher than the factory spec and having checked them on the first day of the event. You can read more about this here, and we recommend you continually check these bolts if you’re tracking your car.

Our solution aims to reduce the occurrence of these bolts backing out by offering a secondary load path for the lateral motion of the arm. Using dowel holes in the arm and matching dowels in the cross member, the bolts can do their job of clamping, and the dowels can carry any lateral load.

The result? A super direct, laser-sharp turn in and no more wallow on taking a set, and no more wiggle or indirect feeling mid-corner – and more overall front grip!

Product Contents:

This kit is a complete bushing replacement, using a sealed spherical bearing (similar to the ones used on our other arms). The bushings have all of the benefits of a spherical bearing, with none of the drawbacks.

This bushing is a MUST HAVE if you’re going to the track with your Model 3.

Shown with optional press tools

Installation Notes:

Installation is straight forward, but requires access to a press. All that is required is to remove your lower control arm, press out the OE bushing (we offer press tools as an option), press in the MPP bushing and re-install, along with dowel pins.

NOTE: You know your OE front lower control arm is coming loose if you hear a loud clunk during aggressive braking. The sound comes from the arm moving outwards from braking (the force of the wheel wanting to move back pulls the arm outwards, pivoting around the rear compression bushing). When entering a corner, if the bolts are loose, the outside arm will then be pushed inwards from the cornering force. If you hear your car doing this, check please those bolts! Due to the dowels used with our kit, this will no-longer occur, however you should routinely re-check these bolts. 

CLICK HERE For Installation Instructions

Additional information

Weight 2.5 kg
Dimensions 8 × 8 × 4 cm
Chassis Type

RWD Base, RWD Long-Range, AWD Long-Range

Include Press Tools

No, Yes

3 reviews for MPP Model 3 Solid Front Lower Control Arm Bushings

  1. MasterC17

    Installing these bushings made for an immediate change to the steering feel on the Model 3, increasing feedback from the road and allowing for a more connected driving experience with improved precision. I absolutely recommend purchasing these with the installation tools, as they are huge bushings and it is unlikely you will have some properly sized tools laying around. The dowels fit into the subframe perfectly, and it is nice to know I will no longer have “slop” between the bolt and the body or have to worry about a bolt falling out! Removing the old bushings and installing the new ones was fairly easy with the help of a 12T shop press. The whole process took about 1.5 hours. Highly recommended to tighten up the front end of the Model 3.

  2. wrxozzy

    This has easily been the best modification I’ve done to my car. The unsteady feeling mid-corner (like you’re being pulled off the road, you know the one) is completely gone! The car simply settles in, rock solid through the entire corner.

    Need to tighten your line in a decreasing radius corner? Not an issue! Just point the nose and the car goes!

    As always, the best part is MPP’s customer service! Thanks, Jesse!

  3. Daniel Wang

    I just had these LCA bushings installed even though my car had only 10k miles on it. The stock bushings are soft and don’t provide much feed back in the steering response of the car. After installing these solid bushings, the car goes where I point it to go. I did run into one issue that MPP described in the installation process and by no means is it MPP’s fault. I have a 2018 P3D and the LCA bolt that attaches to the subframe screws into a welded nut. Well unbeknownst to me, Tesla did not center the nut and I could not use the sleeve to make up some of the slack in the bolt hole. While it is not required to use the sleeves, it would have been nice to use the supplied sleeves.

    Other than that the bushings are a great improvement over the stock bushings. I did not buy the bushing press tools, but in retrospect, it would have helped out with the installation process.

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