Tesla Model X Falcon Wing Doors vs Garage Door – With Solution – Video
Back in 2012, Tesla Motors claimed that the Model X Falcon Wing doors would fit most garages.
But in the end, as noted in one of the recent reviews, the uploader noted that in his case, the Falcon Wing doors can’t be fully opened when garage doors are closed.
But that isn’t the worst part of the problem, and this is something we ourselves had not considered when originally watching Tesla demonstrations of the Model X operating inside garages.
The problem issue is that if/when you open the Falcon Wing doors, and then open the previously closed garage door to exit the garage thereafter, the doors on the cars can be contacted by the garage door if still open at this point.
A solution for this problem is making the garage door smart by adding additional sensors and a relay.
Here is the quick DIY solution:
“How to protect the Tesla Model X Falcon Wings from a moving garage door
One of the issues with the Falcon wing doors, at least in my garage, is that when the garage door is closed the Falcon Wing doors extended above the door’s track. So if you out of habit happen open the garage door after opening the Falcon Wing doors, you will have a bad day.
Sure the force limit sensor on the door, if set properly, is supposed to stop the door after impact – but not before leaving a mark.
At first I thought to add additional normal garage door sensors , but they only stop the garage door while it is closing. Our concern is with the garage door opening.
To work around this issue, I ordered two pieces of equipment. A reflective sensor and and AC outlet relay that could cut the power to the garage door.
Seco-Larm E-931-S35RRQ Enforcer Indoor/Outdoor Wall Mounted Photoelectric Beam Sensor
Iot Relay – Enclosed High-power Power Relay
12V DC Power-Supply
I mounted the reflective sensor on the wall – above normal walking height but below the garage door track – and wired it up to the AC outlet relay.
Now, as soon as either Falcon Wing door is raised, the sensor beam is triggered and power to the garage door is cut, causing the garage door to stop immediate. As soon as the Falcon Wing door is lowered, the garage door can be activated again.
One drawback with this simple solution, is that IF after you get home you start closing the garage door and then open the Falcon Wing door. The power to the garage door will be cut, even though the Falcon Wing door is in no danger. As soon as the falcon wing door is closed, you can continue to close the garage. Small price to pay for some peace of mind.”