The Platypus License Plate Mount For Tesla Model 3

THANK YOU for purchasing the The Platypus License Plate Mount For Tesla Model 3 from CravenSpeed. This product is made from the highest grade materials, and is guaranteed to be free from defects.

Parts Included:

  • 1x Platypus Backplate
  • 1x Hex Tow Stud (Left-Hand Threaded)
  • 1x 2 Extension Arm
  • 1x M10 Flanged Screw (Long)
  • 1x M10 Flanged Screw (Short)
  • 4 ea License Plate Mounting Screws
  • 1x 17mm Low Profile Wrench (Only to be used with the M10 screws)

Tools Required:

  • Trim Panel Removal Tool (Flat-bladed screwdriver will work if care is taken to not scratch the paint)
  • 5/32 Allen Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
  • 3/4 Socket
  • 17mm Socket

Procedure

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Remove the towing eye cover

    Using  your thumb and a trim panel removal tool, remove the towing eye cover on the front bumper. Apply some pressure with your thumb on the right side of the cover while simultaneously prying the left side out. The cover will pivot along its vertical axis and release straight out. This process should also be outlined in your owner’s manual.

    There will be two wires exposed when you release the cover and one of them is attached to the inside surface of the cover itself via a ziptie. These two wires are used for applying a power source to open your car should it suffer from a drained battery. You may either let the wires hang out of the hole as they’ll be hidden by the license plate once installed, or you could clip the ziptie from the cover and push the wires back into the tow bolt receptacle. If you choose the latter, place your tow bolt cover somewhere for safe keeping (glove box).

Install the tow stud into the towing eye receiver

     The towing eye receiver on your Tesla Model 3 is Left-Hand Threaded, so when you spin the CravenSpeed tow stud onto your car, you will be tightening it counter-clockwise.  We intentionally machine these slightly oversized, so if it feels like it doesn’t want to go in easily, just put a socket wrench on the end of it and drive it into place. The studs are aluminum which is much softer than the material in the towing eye receiver of your car, so they won’t damage the threads and you’ll have a tight, solid fit. Use your socket wrench with a ¾ socket to install the Platypus Mounting Stud as the included low-profile wrench is neither strong enough, nor intended to be used to install the stud mount.

Add the 2 Extension Arm

    This kit includes a 2 Extension Arm that offsets the Backplate to clear the parking sensors of your Tesla Model 3. Use the Long M10 screw and affix the 2 Extension Arm to the end of the Platypus Mounting Stud. Position the extension arm straight up at 12 o’clock and ensure that the threaded portion of the extension arm insert is toward the bumper. (See images) When you tighten the Long M10 screw onto the Platypus Mounting Stud, avoid over-tightening it and loosening the mounting stud from the car. Alternatively, you may also use a ¾ open-ended wrench on the mounting stud to hold it in place while you tighten the Long M10 screw.