We're excited to offer the Auto-Lift kit for the Tesla Model S Parcel Shelf. It's an easy to install kit that will lift your parcel shelf with the hatch...kind of like just about every other hatchback on the road :-)
The kit is made by Matthew Martin, a fellow Model S owner and TMC member. Made in the USA (from the 50th State!), it takes a couple of minutes to install, and is very discreet once in place. No drilling of any kind is required! In fact installation can be completed without any tools. Upon removal (at anytime in the future), your vehicle will be in its original condition. Anyone can install this kit and a link to detailed installation instructions with pictures is included, together with a dedicated support email address.
Sleek in design to complement the modern Model S character, this discrete kit uses ultra-durable materials that are professionally manufactured to withstand thousands of open-close sequences. Once installed, this kit will raise the lip portion of the Model S parcel shelf with the rear hatch as it opens, allowing for easier access to more of the trunk. Upon closing, it lowers the lip back down to its resting position.
Need to take the shelf out for a large load? No problem! Designed to allow for quick and easy removal, it takes about 2 seconds to disconnect. Reconnecting is equally quick and easy and the anchors stay in place so there's nothing to loose.
All of the high quality components were designed and selected to as not to damage or scratch any part of the vehicle. No tape, glue or adhesives are used. The kit has gone through nine months of prototype testing and revisions by beta testers in the Hawaii Tesla Owners club.
*Note that this kit is designed for hatches that are set to open to 90-100%. If you have set a custom height this kit may not work as intended in your vehicle.
In the kit, you'll find...
a - Collated pin (for pushing into the parcel shelf)
b - Anchor (fits into the trim on the liftgate/hatch)
c - A link to these instruction :-)
d - Filament line (attached to the anchor, and to the nail)
e - Shim (to open up a small gap in the liftgate trim to insert the anchor)
f - (not shown) - small sticky pad; this is only needed for refreshed Model S, and should be used to 'wedge' into the trim to prevent the hook from sliding down. Pre-Refresh Model S has a different trim that doesn't need this.
The picture above helps to locate the areas referenced. Images are taken using a drivers’ side installation and should be mirrored if passenger side installation is desired. Leave the parcel shelf (PS) in the vehicle for installation. Only one auto-lift kit is required - there's no need to have one on each side.
Thread the pointed tip of the black stainless steel pin through the “eye” of the swivel connector and then insert it directly into the side of the PS flap, as close to the corner
seam as possible. Firmly press the pin all the way in until it secures the swivel connector in place as pictured. (Note: Ensure that the pin is inserted perpendicular to the side of the shelf, otherwise the pin may be pulled out.)
On the hatch, locate the “bumper” pictured above and slide the shim (the brown piece of plastic with the number "5") between the trim panel and the hatch right over and in-line with the bumper until the gap is just wide enough to insert the anchor.
Insert the “arch” part of the anchor in the opening created on the left side of the shim. Then slide the anchor down the trim piece until it is around 1 inch above the joint between the two trim pieces as pictured below. Remove the shim and press the trim panel firmly to ensure it is still seated.
Lastly, insert the filament connector to the hook part of the anchor by inserting it through the small opening at the top as seen below. That’s it! If you need to remove your PS at anytime, simply unhook it from the anchor hatch and it will come out and remain attached to the PS.
*Note: the filament line may rest on the weather strip when the hatch closes, and this is fine. As designed, it will not protrude from the vehicle hatch at any time. The braided line has a nylon coating on it to protect your paint and ensure the weather strip can create a tight seal even if it lays on it.