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Model Y Series: Episode 15: Tailor Welded Blanks, Body Side Inner, Welding Comparison MY-M3, Parts Raffle!

Model Y E15 Tailor Welded Blanks, Body Side Inner, Welding Comparison MY M3, Parts Raffle

Episode 15: Tailor Welded Blanks, Body Side Inner, Welding Comparison MY-M3, Parts Raffle!

Welcome to episode 15 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks us through what a tailor welded blank is, why it’s useful, where it’s used on the Model Y and where it wasn’t used on the Model 3. After the welding comparison, Sandy shares that he views the Model Y as a “pretty good build,” which is high praise considering the number of teardowns he has analyzed.

In this segment, Sandy also analyzes the construction of the body side inner (BSI) ring, as well as offers a comparison between the door flange welds on the Model 3 vs. the Model Y. You can see the full details of Sandy’s comment here.

Lastly, Sandy announces that Munro is starting a product raffle with selected parts from the Model Y teardown! Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the teardown experience! Any of these parts would be a great addition to any enthusiast’s garage, and the proceeds from the sale will help keep Munro moving forward with the Model Y teardown.

By purchasing a ticket, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of three Tesla Model Y teardown parts – a Suspension Link Shield (shown in the picture, signed in Episode 15), a Fender-Mounted Camera/Side Marker (Episode 7), and the “Lone Screw” from the Trunk tub (shown in the picture, Episode 15). Raffle tickets will continue to be sold up through April 29th at midnight EST, after which a live-streamed drawing will be held on our YouTube channel on Thursday, April 30th at noon to select and announce the winners.

Visit www.munrolive.com to purchase tickets and for full contest rules. Good luck!

Interested in more?  You can always 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! #keepthechange

Elon Musk Calls Munro’s Analysis of Tesla Engineering Accurate

The recent CNET.com article “Tesla Cybertruck’s engineering and design might be genius — here’s why” offers an initial analysis of the Cybertruck by Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro. According to the author, Sandy “paints a pretty picture for Tesla.”

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO at Tesla, noticed the article on Twitter and responded with his thoughts on Sandy’s analysis: “Munro’s analysis of Tesla engineering is accurate, both pro & con. I think he will appreciate some elements of the Model Y body design.”

So what did Sandy have to say about Tesla’s engineering?

Here’s one interesting tidbit: “Munro thinks the capital expenditure would be about $30 million … to build a pickup truck. That’s a downright incredible figure. An F-150 at 50,000 units per year is more like $210 million.”

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Originally posted on Jan 20, 2020.

Model Y Series: Episode 14: Rear Mega Castings and Structure, Trunk Tub, Potential Tow Location

Episode 14: Rear Mega Castings and Structure, Trunk Tub, Potential Tow Location

Hello again. This is episode 14 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Sandy addresses viewer feedback and questions, a phone from call from Tesla, a review of the rear mega castings and structure, a comparison of the Model 3 and Model Y trunk tubs, and a potential strategy for the addition of a hitch. Let’s dive in!

The segment begins with Sandy addressing four viewer comments:

  1. One new Model Y owner commented that he didn’t like the noise coming from the heat pump. Sandy agreed and noted that the Model 3 had a compressed pump case to help with the noise. He also shared he got a phone call from Tesla informing him of a running change to add this case back in.
  2. Another viewer noted a problem with un-syncing the climate control for each side. Sandy offered a workaround: using the voice control to “un-sync climate control.”
  3. One viewer commented that there’s a heater in the front bumper for the radar, which Sandy confirmed.
  4. One viewer noted that Tesla dropped the auto-dim for the wing mirrors and that people want that back.

Sandy then moved on to highlight some elements that made him happy, including the casting. He points out key features, as well as a brief comparison with the Model 3. Moving on, he discusses one of his “favorite redesigns,” which is the trunk tub. During his analysis, he offers some design improvement suggestions, as well as a comparison to the Model 3 truck tub. He closes out this segment with a look at a close out that exposes part of the bumper beam to enable a hitch.

You can see the full details of Sandy’s comment 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 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 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.