My main reason for installing the Tevo suspension units relates to issues we had with the car’s poor levels of comfort and high cabin noise levels. A reported 9 in 10 UK drivers are affected by poor road conditions, with some 43,000 miles of UK roads in poor condition. The roads in my area are absolutely appalling. I had to do something. In February 2021 my Tesla Model 3 (2020) went into Automek (East Kilbride) to have the Tevo Ohlins DFV coilover suspension units were installed – see here for pictures: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNFM4xpjxaM/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The Tesla is now a joy to drive. Improved comfort, less cabin noise, more fun, what's not to like! I have a few people to thank. John Chambers (Tevo Solutions), whose advice was invaluable through the purchase and installation process, and Andrew and his Automek team, who exceeded my expectations. The Tevo upgrade has significantly improved ride quality, and reduced cabin noise levels a little by reducing suspension noise. These units are a huge improvement over the extremely harsh stock suspension. The upgrade was not cheap, but well worth the investment.
Model 3 Öhlins DFV Coilovers - Engineered by Redwood Motorsports ™
This coilover kit is a collaboration between Redwood Motorsports and Öhlins Suspension - the world's foremost leader in damper technology - to pioneer the gold standard for Tesla Model 3 performance coilovers. Found on hyper-cars from Koenigsegg to Pagani, Öhlins dampers represent the pinnacle of modern suspension technology. This suspension blends track-ready damping performance with the compliance and comfort required for use on the road, and maintains an extremely wide range of damping adjustability.
Designing a shock dedicated for either road or performance use is relatively simple. However, creating a single damper that is effective in both arenas is significantly more challenging from an engineering perspective. Öhlins' exclusive patented Dual Flow Valve (DFV) technology, along with precision machining, internal seals, and Öhlins buttery smooth 1304 shock oil, yields an ultra-low hysteresis shock which can dampen bumps over fractions of a millimeter. For the end-user, the result is a suspension that provides maximum grip in the corners, yet a firm-but-supple ride quality on the street. Those who have driven this setup have commented that the Redwood Motorsports Ohlins kit is surprisingly more comfortable than standard, yet one of the highest grip/performing coilovers they've driven. Best of both worlds!
A full year in development and testing with top motorsports manufacturers has paid off with what we believe is the Gold Standard that other shocks will be measured against. Not only the highest performing suspension available for the Tesla Model 3, but with the most supple ride quality - hands down.
Variations: There are other versions of this coilover kit available. The comfort version is supplied with softer springs and revised valving in the dampers and offers a more comfortable ride than the factory suspension but still with great control and handling. It's not as well suited for track use but still a big improvement over the factory setup in that regard. We can also supply kits with stiffer springs for those wanting a no-compromise track setup.
Billet Front Forks (AWD): The steel front forks fitted to our AWD kits can be upgraded to machine billet aluminium forks if you want the ultimate in looks and performance.
TTX Option: If you're looking for the ultimate, no-compromise suspension set-up for your Model 3 we've developed an Öhlins TTX kit which delivers that. A race-proven, fully adjustable (2, 3 or 4-way) damper system used by GT and sports car teams to win races, but which also manages to be suitable for everyday road driving. Impossible? We have a TTX kit fitted to our demo car so you can see and feel what we mean.
If you're serious about getting the very best suspension for your Model 3, please get in contact with us to discuss your requirements.
- Öhlins DFV Dampers - custom tuned by Redwood Motorsports
- Swift Springs™ - Produced exclusively for Redwood Motorsports
- Aurora Bearings™ - Teflon-lined high-load motorsports bearings (built to last on road and track)
- Gold anodised 6061 aluminum hardware
- High-load front steel or optional billet aluminium front forks (AWD versions)
- 32 clicks damping adjustment front and rear (compression + rebound)
- Maximum height adjustability
- Ultra-light shock assemblies (shed significant unsprung weight with mil-spec hard-anodised aluminum shock bodies)
- Öhlins patented Dual Flow Valve (DFV) Technology
- Öhlins temperature correction valve
- Öhlins 1304 race oil
- World class Redwood Motorsports engineering and damper tuning
- Limited lifetime warranty
- MADE IN THE USA! (In Fremont, California) (*Aside from Ohlins damper bodies, and Swift Springs)
The precise control of the Öhlins DFV dampers are both due to the patented Dual Flow Valve pistons, as well as the high attention to detail and component tolerances, typically found on much higher-end shocks. The end result is a damper that has the ability to optimally track the movement of the road surface, increasing tire contact patch and therefore total available grip. Öhlins patented Dual Flow Valve piston contains center and side exit oil flow paths, which allows for separate control of low-speed, high-speed, and ultra-high-speed damping. The DFV has the unique ability to remain firm when it needs to (for body control movement), reduce damping force (for bump control), and significantly bleed-off damping force under high linear accelerations (to absorb abrupt and sharp impacts) instead of transferring them to the chassis. This makes the Ohlins DFV unsurpassed on both the track and road, as berms, mid-corner bumps, and other surface irregularities can be soaked up on track, as opposed to upsetting the chassis.
The same ultra-high-speed damping force is helpful on the road, as a firm-but-supple ride can be maintained for optimal body-control handling, while potholes and large impacts are readily absorbed during day to day driving.
An additional feature of the DFV is its internal temperature correction needle-valve, which meters the flow of shock oil to compensate for changing oil viscosity, based on shock temperature. This needle valve closes for cold temperatures where the shock oil is thicker, and opens to compensate for thinner oil viscosity when the shock becomes hot - resulting in absolutely consistent performance in all circumstances despite the internal temperature of the damper!
To learn more about the benefits of Öhlins Road & Track DFV Dampers please visit https://www.ohlins.com/ohlins-unique-dual-flow-valve/
Here's a review of the GT (comfort) version of the kit https://youtu.be/q586mdm0IcE
Installation instructions here (.PDF format)