Check Out This Auto-Lifting Tesla Model 3 Frunk

AUG 13 2018 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 12

This YouTuber is always coming up with something unique.

We’ve learned some things from i1Tesla that we honestly have never seen anywhere else. He doesn’t review Tesla vehicles like a traditional reviewer and he tends to point out weirdness and/or make non-typical discoveries and uncover interesting situations. Additionally, he comes up with some pretty unique ideas that actually work well. Not to mention, if you watch all the way through the videos (Hint: 5:46 in Video 2), you just might find some dry humor that’s liable to make you roll on the floor laughing.

The Tesla Model 3 frunk releases on its own (with the push of a button on the touch screen or mobile app), but it doesn’t pop open. i1Tesla figured out that you can order inexpensive gas spring struts on Amazon that will make the frunk lift on its own. They’re easy to install and actually made his trunk alignment a bit better than the factory struts. However, he warns that you need to be careful closing the frunk at first, since these upgraded struts come packed with a considerable amount of pressure.

So, what happens if you pop the frunk while driving? This might not be the best idea, but it could happen by mistake. Also, there’s a release button inside the frunk that the “junk in your frunk” could hit accidentally when you’re driving. In the second video (below), i1Tesla puts that to the test and it turns out that the Model 3 has a safety latch that will not allow the frunk to release while the car is moving.

Video Description via i1Tesla on YouTube:

Model 3 Automatic Frunk #Tesla Poppin Frunks

Changed out the gas struts in the frunk to some stronger ones to make the frunk open up all the way by itself. For less than $20 on Amazon, you can easily replace them and make yours do the same.

People are buying these up fast and Amazon keeps going out of stock. All these struts should be the right about the same length. The stock ones are 15 inches and the ones I installed are 14.5.

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Video Description:

Open the Frunk When Driving? Tesla Model 3

This video took some planning on how to hit the button. I first wanted to have it happen naturally but no go. I then rigged up a slide to hit the button. To my surprise, there is a safety latch to keep the hood from flying up.

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12 Comments on "Check Out This Auto-Lifting Tesla Model 3 Frunk"

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TM3x2 Chris

Yeah, I don’t think I’ll be installing gas spring struts in my frunk. Frankly, I don’t use the frunk at all because the trunk is big enough for my needs.

Good to know that there is a safety feature preventing the frunk from opening while driving.

MDEV

I use the front in my Model S all the time for my briefcase, it would be a nice upgrade

philip d

5:43. “my balls are still right at the base of the shaft”

Mark.ca

Where else would they be…
🙂

iwatson

Sometimes there are unintended consequences that result from modifying something. I don’t own a Model 3 but I know that .the Frunk hood is made of aluminum. Aluminum is softer and more pliable than steel. This extra force from the stronger struts constantly pushing upward on the hood, coupled with the additional downward force required to close the hood could cause it to deform (or warp) slightly over time. This slight warpage might be just a little at any given time and unnoticed, but grow more and more as time passes until one day you are able to see that the hood is no longer lining up properly.

Vexar

It’s the auto-close that I want.

Kosh

THIS.

fotomoto

Have the hands-free lift/close gate option on my CMax. Love it and use it a lot.

James

The Pacifica Hybrid ups it a notch having the hands-free foot switch on the side sliding doors as well.

Handy indeed.

James
Not sure about this one. The safety latch test was genius. Will I buy the bigger struts when I get my 3? Time will tell. I’ll wait and see if over time as some have pointed out, that this will cause bending or warping of the hood. Some tiny details cannot be found on many BEVs and PHEVs due to costs. Take no turn signals in the mirrors of the 2nd gen Volt or some cars without electric or memory seats, for example. These are omissions of cost. Those niceties like automatic opening trunks are convenient, there is no doubt, but the mission of that car is to drive electric, not be the epitome if ease and convenience. Someday, those gadgets will find themselves in most electrified vehicles. Today, ICEmakers tout these features as impetus to buy that oil burner because it’s so convenient. Tell me, are oil changes, state emissions checks, tune ups and constantly buying replacement parts and service for worn out complex ICE systems convenient? Aha! I know I preach to the choir, but each if us know THAT person who told us they bought the gas Pacifica over the Plug In because it had Stow N… Read more »
James

Ever open the hood/frunklid on a Model 3? It’s SO LIGHT as to be made of feathers.

The aluminum construction of it thus requires relatively small struts. It also requires a Tesla rep to show you how to close the frunk before you drive away with your new car, should you not know how and damage it.

So how lazy are we? I appreciate his examples, but setting my phone on the pizza box while I flip the latch won’t kill me. The Prius I own or our Volt have no automatic hatch either and it never has been a bummer to open.

Don Zenga

The passenger space of Tesla is 97 cu. ft. and that of trunk is 15 cu. ft.
Can someone specify what is the space of frunk. Even if its 3 cu. ft., it could fall in the level of mid-size sedans.