We designed our Sports Coilovers for Tesla Model 3 AWD/Performance to offer a huge range of height adjustability with significantly more travel than stock. MPP worked jointly with KW Suspension to develop this suspension system. KW is one of the leading aftermarket performance and racing suspension suppliers in the world. They are a go-to pick for those that own European sports and luxury cars.
An aftermarket suspension can make or break the enjoyment of a vehicle. Unfortunately for Model 3 owners, the car is very high from the factory. It runs into the bump stops over just about any bump. They are always engaged once a car has been lowered on springs. This means that you must change the dampers (also called shock absorbers) when lowering the car to allow for a compliant chassis over bumps. This is also necessary to avoid damaging the vehicle when driving aggressively. The bump rubber can only compress so much before it becomes effectively solid. Repeated extreme impacts cause damage to the top mounts and put unnecessary shock through the entire vehicle. It can also upset the platform when driving at the limit.
RIDE HEIGHT RANGE:
Factory Ground Clearance (19″ Wheels, Non-Performance):
* As Model 3 production evolves we have seen different cars be slightly different heights. You can measure the ground clearance of your car if you’re trying to determine exactly how much you can lower your car with our coilovers, but as a guide you could get the car far lower than you should ever run it. In our testing we found 110mm front and rear is a very driveable height. That is our recommended ride height.
MPP Coilover Range:
Front: 100mm – 140mm
Rear: 100mm – 140mm
We spent 10 days in California with a Model 3 testing and developing our dampers on some of the best roads in North America. We’ve driven over harsh roads, smooth roads, mountain roads and everything in between. The dampers are tuned for the sporting canyon carver that doesn’t want to sacrifice ride quality in the quest for sports car handling. We developed our AWD coilovers both on the road and also on the racetrack. We set the fastest lap in class at Global Time Attack, a low 1:59, and we did it on the same tire compound as stock!
Details for Sport Coilovers for Tesla Model 3
This suspension kit is rebound and compression adjustable, and every click makes a distinct and significantly noticeable difference. Unlike some suspension on the market that advertise themselves as “adjustable”, our dampers can more than triple the rebound forces from full soft to full stiff in the low speed range. Low speed means low damper shaft speed, everything other than large bumps in the road. See the graph below to understand the actual difference in adjustment range. For your reference, 20-50mm/sec is what you feel when turning the steering wheel – this represents chassis motion. 300mm/sec and up are fairly decent size bumps.
With the rebound and compression turned up, these dampers are suitable for the racetrack for HPDEs and lapping days. When turned down, they actually produce less forces than OE dampers. You’ll be amazed at the difference from full soft to full stiff.
Our suspension system utilizes the factory rear spring mounting location as designed by Tesla. While it is likely that some other coilover manufacturers will take the easy path and put the spring on the rear damper, the upper parcel shelf was never designed to carry the entire vehicle load. The chassis rigidity simply isn’t there, not to mention the NVH concerns.
This suspension kit comes with a 2-year warranty (void with track-use, as is KW policy). Installation is very straight forward and you can find the documentation and setup instructions here. The OEM top-hats are re-used and as such a spring compressor is required to disassemble the factory front dampers. Nothing on the car needs to be permanently modified or damaged for installation.
If you’re interested in also purchasing our suspension arms as a package with the coilovers, please message us for a discount code!
Installation instructions HERE
Selecting The Suspension Kit That Is Best For You:
As we now have a number of suspension options – we’ve created a graph to help visualize the pros and cons of the different kits. If you don’t plan on ever tracking, the comfort or comfort adjustable kit is likely the best option. For those who care more about a sporty drive and will hit the track but aren’t taking it too seriously, the sports kit is exactly what you’re after. If you are getting serious about track duty, the sport kit with super sport springs will help. If you’re building a racecar with your Model 3, then the competition kit is the only suitable option.