Elon Musk Appreciates Munro’s High-quality Feedback on the Tesla Model Y

As Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro captures his teardown of the Tesla Model Y Performance, many are sharing his thoughts and findings on Twitter.

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO at Tesla replied to one of the discussions on Twitter stating “High quality critical feedback from Munro & Co is much appreciated!”

If you’re interested in the full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process that Elon is referring to, you can visit www.MunroLive.com for regular insights from Sandy.

Also, during this challenging time, Sandy is encouraging others to pay it forward and offers one way to do so after witnessing what happened after giving back to a cashier at a local store. Listen to his message here: https://youtu.be/927-Rb6suPc?t=255.

 

Originally posted on Apr 3, 2020.

Model Y Series: Episode 13: Comparing Model 3 eAC to Model Y Heat Pump

Episode 13: Comparing Model 3 eAC to Model Y Heat Pump

Welcome back to episode 13 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares the Model 3 eAC compressor and NVH provisions to the isolated heat pump on the Model Y.

After sharing the details of the Model 3 AC compressor, Sandy goes into detail on how the heat pump on the Model Y functions,  how it affects the cooling pack and why this change in the Model Y is the right way to go.

You can see the full details of Sandy’s comparison and summary of the functionality of the Model Y heat pump by viewing the video here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Model Y Series: Episode 12: Floorpan, EPP Floor Risers, Commonality through Stanchions and Wiring Observations

Episode 12: Floorpan, EPP Floor Risers, Commonality through Stanchions and Wiring Observations

This is episode 12 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro shares observations on the geometry of the floorpan, strategies for raising the floor height, enablers for re-use of Model 3 components and initial thoughts on some of the high and low voltage wiring.

Sandy starts by removing the expanded polypropylene flooring and notes that this was used so the Model Y could use the same floorpan as the Model 3. After noting other similarities, and some differences, he points out the “double good idea” of the unpainted steel on the seats, as it is both a cost saver and an environmentally conscious choice.

He then moves to the back of the vehicle to analyze the connection for the charge port, where he discusses the “orange stuff.” While this is typically used to reduce noise, he discovers a pipe underneath that contains heavy cables. Sandy considers this two good ideas in one because 1) it provides a perfect fit every time and 2) it’s smaller and lighter than what was used in the Model 3. He moves on to make some other interesting comparisons to the Model 3 cables.

The video finishes with Sandy’s comments on the stanchions, applauding Tesla’s design that enables the seats to sit higher (good for SUVs), while using the same seats, console and (most likely) IP as the Model 3. You can see the full details of these features in the Tesla Model Y by viewing the video here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 11: Teardown Progresses and Sandy Munro Gets into the Finer Details

Model Y E11: Door Flange Welds, SPRs, HIC, ABS changes, and EPP foam

Episode 11: Teardown Progresses and Sandy Munro Gets into the Finer Details

Welcome back to episode 11 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro starts to get into the finer details of the car as the teardown progresses.

In this episode, Sandy covers a number of details, including door flange welds, self-piercing rivets for joining dissimilar materials, head impact countermeasures in the trim and headliner, changes to the anti-lock brake system and EPP (expanded polypropylene) foam reinforcements in the floor.

You can see the full details of these features in the Tesla Model Y by viewing the video here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Model Y Series: Episode 10: Potential 3rd Row Seating, Ingress/Egress, Rear Door Service Latch

Potential 3rd Row Seating, Ingress/Egress, Rear Door Service Latch

Episode 10: Potential 3rd Row Seating, Ingress/Egress, Rear Door Service Latch

Welcome back to episode 10 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown. In this episode, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro looks at the possibility of third row seating, emergency exits and the rear door service latch.

Starting by looking at the possibility of third row seating, Sandy demonstrates how he thinks the rear-facing seating would work on the vehicle and how to exit in an emergency situation.

He next takes a look at the rear door service latch and shares his recommendation on how to make it better and more cost effective.

You can see the full details for these features in the Tesla Model Y by viewing the video here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for all the details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Model Y Series: Episode 9 – Aeroshields MY-M3, Hood Alignment, Engine Bay Rail Reinforcements

Engine Bay Rail Reinforcements (SORB)

Episode 9 – Aeroshields MY-M3, Hood Alignment, Engine Bay Rail Reinforcements

Welcome back to episode nine of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares the aeroshields between the Model Y and Model 3, offers commentary on hood alignment and more detail on engine bay rail reinforcements catered toward Small Offset Rigid Barrier (SORB) impact testing.

Sandy starts this segment with a comparison of the aeroshields of the Tesla Model Y and the Model 3. He notes that they’re quite similar, with a few key differences that have enable the Model Y aeroshield to be stronger.

He then moves onto investigate the cause of the hood misalignment. He notes a few interesting findings: it looks as though the hinges have been moved; the bow in the hood seems to result from the improper latch closure; and the inside latch of the frunk has also been adjusted and is not inline anymore.

He closes the segment by looking at the cross car beams, which make him “pretty happy” due to their function in Small Offset Rigid Barrier (SORB) impact testing.

For the full details, check out the following clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzv0-CbfJlY

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 8 – Q&A from Comments and View of Things to Come

Sandy Munro Q&A

Episode 8 – Q&A from Comments and View of Things to Come

Welcome back to episode eight of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro addresses a handful of viewer questions and gives a glimpse of what to expect next.

During the five-minute video, Sandy discusses four common viewer questions:

  1. Insight regarding the industry standard for gaps;
  2. The pros and cons of using bands versus bolts for the suspension dampener;
  3. How Munro received the Model Y; and
  4. What tools Sandy uses for his teardowns.

He also offers a quick glimpse of what’s to come. You can check it all out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN0cvI6uNnE&t=3s

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 7 – Front Impact Structure, Snap-Fit Lamp & Rotor Serviceability

Model Y Front Impact Structure

Episode 7 – Front Impact Structure, Snap-Fit Lamp & Rotor Serviceability

Welcome back to episode seven of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes a look at the front wheel envelope and shares an overview of the:

  • Front impact structure: looking under the wheel well at the front rail structure, which compared to the Model 3 looks a lot different and much stronger;
  • Snap-fit lamp: the side marker, which is also a camera, is similar to the Model 3 with a molded snap-fit feature that snaps directly into the fender sheet metal; and
  • Rotor serviceability: changes, such as having an external retention screw for the brakes, make servicing the rotor much easier.

For the full details of each of these areas of the Tesla Model Y, view the full video here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 6 – Wiring, Brakes, Quick-connects & Rear Body Structure Overview

Tesla Model Y Wiring Munro teardown

Episode 6: Wiring, Brakes, Quick-connects & Rear Body Structure Overview

Welcome back to episode six of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro provides an overview of the vehicle’s wiring, coolant lines, brakes and rear body structure.

From the corrugated wrap over the local 12 volt wires and the more expensive but 100% leak proof quick-connects on the coolant line, to the heavier, cast over front and rear brakes, and self-locating, aluminum rear cradle-like piece, Sandy was really happy with what he saw.

In each of these areas of the Tesla Model Y Performance, Sandy is pleased with the quality of what he says is turning out to be a fabulous vehicle. Check out this video for full details.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Model Y Series: Episode 5 – Suspension Overview

Tesla Model Y Suspension Munro teardown

Episode 5: Suspension Overview

Welcome back to episode five of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro provides an overview of the vehicle’s suspension configuration.

Sandy’s initial overview is that the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 have similar suspension systems, but it’s obvious they’re not the same. Sandy noted differences in the Model Y’s dampener, lower control arms and configuration. Check out this video for full details.

Looking at the rear suspension, Sandy says it looks very similar to the Model 3 (including a component that says “Model 3” right on it). Sandy applauds Tesla for this good commonality.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.