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Model Y Series: Episode 26: Reviews the Tow Package, Mega Castings & More

Model Y E26 Tow Package, Mega Castings Revisited, Weld Splash, Hunt for the Teslaract Cube 2

Welcome back to episode 26 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro reviews the tow package, mega castings, a not so great looking weld and hunts for the second “Teslaract” cube.

Starting off the episode, Sandy shows the connections for the trailer package, a new feature on the Model Y. This is good news for those who may want to add the option to tow later on with the connections already there.

Next, Sandy dives into a walk-through of the underside of the mega castings, sharing many of the characteristics and advantages. He also takes a look at extruded aluminum side-impact provisions in the sill, potential mounting provisions for an air suspension reservoir, and finds some welding issues.

To end the segment, Sandy goes on a hunt behind the subwoofer to see whether or not there’s a second foam stuffer cube.

You can see if he finds a second foam stuffer cube, as well as the full details of this episode 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.

As many viewers have expressed interest in purchasing parts from the Model Y, Munro has listed parts for sale on its support page. You can see what parts are available, including some from the Model 3 here.

Episode 22: Model 3 & Model Y Electric Drive Module Comparison

Model Y E22 Changes inside the Model Y Front EDM and Comparison to M3

Episode 22: Model 3 & Model Y Electric Drive Module Comparison

Welcome back to episode 22 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares the Model 3 and Model Y front electric drive modules (EDM).

Starting off the episode with an overview of the functionality of an EV gearbox and drivetrain, Sandy then takes a look at the front EDM and induction motors on the Model Y and Model 3.

While the front EDM and induction motors on both vehicles look the same and have many of the same characteristics, there are some differences in the motors. You can see the full details of Sandy’s comparison 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.

As many viewers have expressed interest in purchasing parts from the Model Y, Munro has listed parts for sale on its support page. You can see what parts are available, including some from the Model 3 here.

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!

Sandy Munro Discusses Tesla Manufacturing with Elon Musk on Third Row Tesla Podcast

During a recent episode of the Third Row Tesla podcast, Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro joined the Third Row Tesla team along with special guest, Tesla CEO Elon Musk. You can listen to the full segment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pih4kU6yvz8.

It was a dynamic discussion full of some great tech specs, a revel from Musk, notable quotes from Munro and a lively conversation. Musk kicked-off the discussion by sharing his thoughts on the most significant changes in the Model Y. According to Musk, the top two are not consumer facing, although Tesla drivers value their benefits.

The first was the Model Y’s heat pump design with the Octovalve, which enables the Model Y to operate as efficiently as the Model 3 even though it is 10% heavier. He also shared that there was a fundamental paradigm shift in the design of the cooling circuit. This “next level” design applies the concept of a printed circuit board to cooling circuits to enable a very complex heat exchanger that you could not achieve with traditional approaches. He also highlighted the local heating loop design, which is critical in lower temperatures when most heat pumps fail.

Musk also highlighted the Model Y’s rear underbody casting, which differs from the Model 3. The way he explained it, the Model 3 is a like a patchwork quilt, which adds “insane” complexity in the body shop. Tesla adjusted this approach with the current Model Y, which has two, big high-pressure aluminum die-castings that are joined with other bits. Later this year, Musk hopes to move to a single piece casting that integrates the rear crash rails. Interestingly, this transition requires the world’s biggest casting machine – and Tesla has two of them! They’re starting to set-up the first machine next month and anticipate this transition to have a number of positive impacts, including reduced cost and a 30% reduction in the size of the body shop.

The conversation then moved onto the Cybertruck and its exoskeleton design that, according to Musk, “looks like CGI in real life.” Munro’s a fan of the truck, as well as the exoskeleton concept, in fact he has actually designed an airplane with an exoskeleton design, but the stylists “wouldn’t go for it.” Check out 15:45 mark for how Munro sums this up with the “car, career” expression.

The group then moved on to discuss the automation evolution and the top mistake of engineers: optimizing something that shouldn’t exist. Munro offered a nice example to highlight this point using a battery tray his shop worked on in the past.

Musk then addressed a question about factory improvements and he shared that each factory is an improvement over the last, although it’s not just about cost and simplifying. He then announced the new Berlin Color Lab, which offers the capabilities to apply three layers of paint to add dimension. This is being done in Berlin for the first time.

At this point, the conversation switched to Munro. He admits that he didn’t always love EVs. He only did the Model 3 teardown because a customer backed out of the project and Munro had already purchased the vehicle. He decided to still do the teardown and try to sell the reports, which he now considers a divine accident.

The panel then asked why more of the legacy automakers are not doing more with EVs and Munro suggested this is because they don’t think the change is necessary and they don’t take EVs seriously. According to Munro, the only serious contender has been the BMW i3, but the car was too ugly and had no marketing support. Then there was the Chevy Bolt, but he feels that was basically an expensive Spark. According to Munro, no one is serious about catching Tesla.

The conversation ends with a discussion about the need and importance of cultural change among legacy carmakers. According to Munro, this is 10% technology, 90% psychology. The technology part is easy but the psychology is more difficult. Automakers need the tools, training and time needed for cultural change.

Check out the full conversation – available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pih4kU6yvz8 – for full details. You can also learn more about the Third Row Crew members via the below links:

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 21: Model 3 & Model Y Headliner Comparison & More

Episode 21: Model 3 & Model Y Headliner Comparison & More

Welcome back to episode 21 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares the Model 3 and Model Y headliners, takes a look at the B pillar and trough mods.

Starting with a review of the new sun visor features, Sandy then moves on to give an overview of the Model 3 headliner, which he says is a standard build.

With a new injection-molded construction, Sandy takes a look at the vastly different Model Y headliner. Never having seen a PC/ABS headliner before, Sandy explains why and the benefits of Tesla’s change.

Sandy also takes a look at the multi-part integration on the B pillar trim and while he’s been happy with a lot of things having to do with the wire troughs, he shares a bad modification of a harness trough.

You can see the full details of this review 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.

As many viewers have expressed interest in purchasing parts from the Model Y, Munro has listed parts for sale on its support page. You can see what parts are available, including some from the Model 3 here.

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 20: Noise, Vibration & Harshness Countermeasures, Cooling Pack & AGS

Episode 20: Noise, Vibration & Harshness Countermeasures, Cooling Pack & AGS

Welcome back to episode 20 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks viewers through the various types of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures found in the vehicle.

There are various NVH countermeasures present on the Model Y, including: lofted fiberglass; foam-in-place PUR (polyurethane) with TPO (thermoplastic olefin) skin; a pumpable sound deadener; mastic patches; and die-cut foam.

Sandy also gives an overview of the construction of the cooling pack that’s outside of the vehicle, as well as the active grille shutter (AGS) system.

To end the segment, Sandy shares more about what Munro is all about and what they do, including analyzing products, such as the most extensive study Munro has ever done on the BMW i3, and helping companies design better products.

You can see the full details on the NVH countermeasures, cooling pack and AGS system 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 19: PDC and ADAS Product Design Analysis

Episode 19: PDC and ADAS Product Design Analysis

Welcome back to episode 19 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro provides an overview of the Model Y’s Power Distribution Center (PDC) and the dash-mounted, thermally regulated Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Let’s get to it!

Sandy starts with the PDC. Like the Model 3, the Model Y’s PDC is in the center, which shortens the heavy wires needed as well as makes is simpler for build. Further, without fuses, the PDC is self-curing with software. Sandy also explains why the PDC is necessary for EVs and what functions it serves.

He then looks at the ADAS – or the “magic box” per Sandy – that is now in its third hardware iteration from Tesla. Sandy provides some initial insight about the camera, HDMI, USBC and Ethernet connectors, as well as the location and function of the ADAS coolant. Overall, the ADAS arrangement – that is unique to Tesla – is impressive per Sandy.

You can see the full details about Sandy’s PDC and ADAS analysis here.

Also don’t forget to check out the signed Model Y parts Munro has available for purchase: https://www.ebay.com/itm/174251252145

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 18: Instrument Panel Assembly & MY-M3 Comparison

Episode 18: Instrument Panel Assembly & MY-M3 Comparison

Welcome back to episode 18 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro takes a look at the vehicle’s instrument panel (IP) assembly.

In this episode, Sandy gives an overview of the IP from how it’s mounted and the HVAC system, to the cross car beam design and steering system.

While also comparing the IP design to the Model 3, Sandy shares the similar features he’s found, many of which he’s happy to see.

You can see the full details on the IP design and Model 3 comparison here.

Also, be on the lookout for the next episode, where Sandy will be sharing more in-depth details of the HVAC system.

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 17: Next-Gen Wiring (Or Not), Front EDM Mounting, and Octovalve Preview

Episode 17: Next-Gen Wiring (Or Not), Front EDM Mounting, and Octovalve Preview

Here is episode 17 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro comments on the construction of the low voltage wiring harness, mounting cross-compatibility for the front Electric Drive Module (EDM) and the infamous octovalve assembly.

Sandy starts this segment with a discussion about the Model Y’s wiring, commenting that he was “kinda disappointed” as he expected a tremendous reduction. During this first pass, he doesn’t see that this is the case, but does point out that the gauge looks smaller. He also comments that he was disappointed that he didn’t see a dual directional cable that would enable the Model Y to power a house or another car.

Moving to the front of the vehicle, Sandy notes that the Model Y had the potential to pop in a second induction motor in the single motor application. He also previews the octovalve, which feeds power to everything that had to be cooled or heated. He notes some initial observations that have made him happy and anticipates that the disassembly may be done this week.

Check out the full segment details here.

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!

An Easter Message from Sandy Munro

Short message from Sandy before the Easter break

An Easter Message from Sandy Munro

Check out this inspiring video about how Bob Hamlett, a Munro Live subscriber, “paid it forward” during these challenging times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2N31Ottbvk&t=33s

Doing what we can, during this trying time to take care of one another, is the only true help many of us can give.  While the front line workers are risking it all to keep people fed, supply chain moving and the sick medically cared for, choose to recognize and honor these great individuals for making their contribution.

Together we have the ability to make a difference!

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!