Tesla owner lifts Model Y in wicked off-road conversion
The Tesla Model Y is a quick and sleek crossover powered by an all-electric, but that doesn’t mean that the vehicle can’t handle rough and rugged trails in the mountains with the help of a lifted suspension and the company’s “Off-Road Assist” feature.
Brian Jenkins of the i1Tesla YouTube channel took his Model Y Performance into the North Carolina mountains to see if Tesla’s newest vehicle could handle the challenging terrain. Jenkins has made several modifications to his Model Y, which he refers to as the “Overlanding Build,” that would encourage the car to perform adequately in an off-road setting.
Jenkins installed a 4-inch suspension lift from Mountain Pass Performance to increase ground clearance, All-Season Toyo A/T III tires, aftermarket rims from TSW, and an Earthy-themed combat green wrap to his Model Y. With these modifications, he was ready to assess the capabilities of his electric crossover in a terrain.
Jenkins used 31-inch all-terrain tires from Toyo for increased confidence when maneuvering through the tough trails of the mountains. “These are probably the biggest tires you can put on a Tesla,” he said.
He also elaborated that the vehicle is not necessarily geared for off-roading, but more of an Overlanding style of driving. Overlanding describes a trip that requires traveling to remote destinations where journeying is the primary goal. Jenkins believes that the purpose of Overlanding captures his vehicle’s essence perfectly.
“That is what the Tesla is all about as far as going on trips. What better way to ...
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