Introducing the Original Tesla Front Skid Plate for Model Y & Model 3
Part of the fun of having a Tesla Model Y is the ability to either go really fast on the racetrack – or adventure off the beaten path. When you’re considering hitting the trails it’s not a bad idea to protect the bottom of the chassis with a bit more than the plastic undertray. In addition to the brittle coolant hoses situated in front of the battery, there is also the drive unit and high voltage wiring to protect. With the encouragement of our friend Brian from i1Tesla, we went ahead and designed a Tesla Front Skid Plate for Model Y & Model 3 that would offer tons of protection while being affordable, easy to install, and without any compromises.
As we all know aerodynamics, are critical to the efficiency and range of the Y. With this in mind, we ensured the plate sits flush with both the front bumper at the front and the battery case in the back so that drag is not impacted in any way. Low profile hardware is used to further reduce any aerodynamic disturbances.
When it came to the design of this “Smash Me” Front Skid Plate for the Tesla Model Y, we carefully studied the OEM undertray and designed ours to fit just as well as stock – nicely slotting into the cutouts in the OEM front bumper and mating up to the rear fender wells as cleanly as possible. The plate is 1/8″ thick aluminum so it will take something pretty mega to puncture this plate! And as you’d expect from MPP, the hardware supplied is all stainless steel, so it will be rust free for the life of the car.
Our Front Skid Plate for the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 installs in about 20 minutes, after which you’ll be ready to hit the trails! Go on, smash it! And for those of you with Model 3’s that like to hit the trails, you’ll be happy to know that this fits the Model 3 as well – thanks Elon!
It is worth noting that the original Model 3 used a fabric-like material for the front aero shield. With the introduction of the Model Y, Tesla moved to a molded plastic material. Since then, the Model 3 has adopted this same plastic front aero shield. Unfortunately, the fabric front aero shield suffered from being easily torn, and it would get soaked with water making it heavy and even more susceptible to tearing. While the plastic doesn’t hold water in the same way, it is similarly brittle, and even a minor impact can cause it to break into multiple pieces. Neither solution offers any real protection to the battery pack coolant hoses (a well-documented issue that can lead to a very expensive high voltage battery replacement), and offers little protection to the front motor, or other high voltage harnesses. So, whether you are planning to just daily drive your otherwise stock Tesla, looking for additional protection on your lowered Tesla, or looking to hit the trails and go off-roading with your lifted Tesla, this plate will help to ease your concerns in all situations!
Installation instructions here.
This skidplate is a direct replacement for Tesla PN 1499151-00-C. Newer models (2023+) may come with Tesla PN 1622740-00-B, which is not compatible with this skidplate. We will be designing a new skidplate for those new cars shortly! If you are unsure, you can inspect your undertray and compare it with those two part numbers. The latter will be much longer and have more mounting holes towards the rear when compared with the original design.