Has anyone gotten delivery of a roof rack for the M3 from Tesla? They are currently sold out. Would love to see photos of the attachment points!
Not yet. See this earlier threadhttps://forums.tesla.com/forum/forums/official-tesla-model-3-roof-rack-s...
From what it looks like, it must grab the glass
@lbowroom - As noted earlier, those images looked photoshopped, so we'll have to wait for real photos. I hope it's neither grabbing the glass nor transferring loads to the glass portion of the roof.
I'm basing my assessment on the inspection of my own vehicle. There are arrows indicating mounting locations on the roof glass. That's the only way I see it could work. Take a look yourself. What's your objection to that?
@lbowroom - I'm very familiar with those arrows. My objection is that the glass is not suitable/practical for holding realistic loads and would crack. The way I interpret those arrows is that they are pointing to specific attachment locations, presently hidden from view, in the groove next to the glass. I imagine there are some threaded holes or some other way to couple the rack towers to the metal part of the roof without touching the glass. Pure speculation on my part, yes. I have not dug under the rubber to look for them. Happy to wait for the real deal.
On the other hand, if you're going to attach the rack by grabbing the glass edge, why would you need the arrows? Just to tell you that you should spread the front and rear towers as much as possible, but only on the front half of the roof? You could then position the towers at other places along the edge of the roof, front half or back half. In that case the larger distance between the towers would be a good thing.
I looked at installation instructions. The arrows indicate the location of a bolt under the glass that a clip grabs.
@Klinefelter.kevin - Thanks for the update. Can you share a link for the instructions?
Or search model 3 roof rack instructions on Google
Wow! It looks like the TESLA people know what they are doing when designing cars and roof racks, who woulda thunk that?
Clips slide in under the glass. There's no bolt underneath it. "Over tightening will result in broken glass."
Instructions say clips slide in metal receiver under glass.
I bet they even tested it!
Thanks a lot lbowrrom, those instructions are very helpful. Not too crazy about the anti-abrasion tape -- how long will it stay on without the rack in place? I normally only have racks on for the few days a year when I need them.
I think these rails are designed to stay in place.
Thanks lbowroom et al., it looks like a solid design. Can't wait to hear real-life feedback from the first users who were able to order it before the rest of us.
The roof rack manual has a typo for the units of torque on page 6 - nm should be Nm. Will report to get it fixed.
The instructions seem to imply a semi permanent or at least not easily removable installation. If/when I get a rack I think I will go with Yakima since their tower system is very easy to quickly install and remove. I have carried kayaks with "yak racks" on everything from a Celica to a Mercedes C-class with no issue and always take the rack off when not in use. But, for now my Oru folding kayak fits in the trunk and is allowing me to get my kayaking fix.
I am hoping that someone make little "nub covers" for the attachment points. Take the risers & rails off and cover the attachment points.
I don't plan to be an early adapter of this roof rack
Do they give you lots of tape pads so you can uninstall and reinstall over and over again?
I would like to understand which part of the car does the J-clip hang on to?
It looks scary if since it is the glass top, is it really strong enough to hold the weight of a filled cargo box at high speed?
can I just mount my good ol’ SportRack and Thule universal adjustable rack that I have been using on all my cars since the beginning of history ?
There are built-in metal tabs under the glass at the attachment points. Glass should not be impacted. It's actually a pretty elegant solution.
I'd wait for the Tesla rack. Like @paddlepro said, it went in and out of stock rapidly over a few weeks. I managed to order on Feb 7 when it was supposedly "in stock" - but I still haven't received it. I contacted online orders and they said it had gone back out of stock and they didn't have an estimated arrival date. So I will just wait semi-patiently. :)
(moabchick - formerly rooneyclan2
As my car is due to be delivered in France very soon and Tesla racks are as scarce as hens’ teeth, I contacted Thule to see if they were going to produce a Model 3 rack for Europe.
The answer was a shock :
Thule Support (Thule)
22 Mar, 09:16 CET
We're sorry but we will not develop any solution for the Tesla 3.
Our engineers tested this car, but they were unable to find a safe and easy-to-mount solution.
Tesla have their own solution, so they might be able to help.
Yakima makes a roof rack for a Model 3.
I was able to order and pay for the M3 roof rack over a month ago. I have been told repeatedly that it will get shipped in the next couple of weeks. I waited over two years for the car, so I can wait for the rack.
I saw in the "wild" for the first time on Sunday. The look very, I mean very nice. Clean !
Wait for it if you can. It's easily the cleanest looking roof rack available. It's also very aerodynamic. I would estimate 2-3% efficiency hit. I initially thought I would only install when needed. But I might just leave it on.
@sroh Kind of a bit of work to put on just to bring the bikes somewhere, If I got the Tesla rack i'd probably just leave it on. I also agree that its the best looking rack. I ended up going with the suction cup system, fingers crossed I dont break my glass
Agreed. But I've done it a couple of times now, and it's much easier and quicker than the first time. We use ours for skis and not bikes. I am terrified of forgetting bikes are up there and driving the car into the garage! I might split the difference and leave the racks on during the winter and remove after ski season. Just need to cut some additional paint protection vinyl pieces as they are eyesores with the racks off.
@vswendsen. I’ve looked at the Yakima site and the details on the rack mounting a very vague and designed for roofs with no mounting points. The also do not appear to be very aerodynamic.
Can someone from Tesla please advise when or if Tesla will release a final version of their racks, in a reasonable quantity?
Funny, Today the roof rack is for sale on the European sites (Holland, Switzerland but not France) but not on the N American sites.
As I live in France I can not order one from Holland or Switzerland as the shop only ships to the country where the site is live.
Has anyone tried transporting stand up paddle boards on their Tesla Model 3 roof racks?
I use a Sea Sucker to transport my Stand up board. Works great and you can easily remove it for Aesthetics/Range.
+1 kirkmaluo, I use the Sea Sucker (mini-bomber) for my bikes. No problems yet, the load seems to get spread very well. The only concern I have is that I might try to put the bike on top after a race/time trial and be so shaky I drop the fork down on the glass... but that could happen with a hard mounted rack also!
@kirkmaluo @Just_Ted Just got my double bike rack yesterday, its super easy and the suction is intense! More worried about the glass than losing a bike. Wonder if that tweet Elon said about using one for model X would cover you if you did crack the glass..
1 Sea Sucker, 3 surfboards. Pretty solid operation.
What you do with the SeaSucker when you’re surfing?
It goes on and off easy so I just pop it in the trunk.