How does suspension work in Tesla Model S and X (2013-2015)?

The multilink front suspension of a Tesla’s Model S and X have two lower track control arms that function together as a triangle. Combined with the upper control arm they form a double wishbone suspension.
In the 1st generation Tesla Model S of 2013-2015 and the Tesla Model X from 2015 these control arms have a ball joint which is pressed into the housing of the arm.

Tesla front suspension track control arms break when subjected to high impact

Due to the high power of these electric cars a lot of torque is instantly released when accelerating, causing tremendous stress on the suspension parts. This, in combination with a sudden impact, might result in breakage where the ball joint separates from the control arm. This leads to loss of steering control and very dangerous situations.

How does Sidem’s solution with the enclosed ball joint fix this problem?

Sidem offers a track control arm with a different design as the solution to this problem. In Sidem’s track control arm the ball joint is directly incorporated in the aluminium housing.
Rather than the weak link of a pressed-in ball joint in the track control arm of these Tesla cars, Sidem’s replacement track control arm is 1 part functioning with maximum strength. The ball joint cannot get detached when it is subject to high impact. As a result, a safe installation is guaranteed for the mechanic and the driver.

Find out more about this enclosed ball joint solution in our brochure

Why choose Sidem?

Part of being an expert is knowing which steering and suspension brands to trust and choose from. Sidem is a 100% European and leading manufacturer with headquarters in Belgium and has its own production facility in Romania. Over 3 million parts are continuously available from stock in Sidem’s warehouse and our global activities mean that we are always nearby. By investing heavily in our fully automated distribution centre, products are shipped very quickly to more than 90 countries worldwide. Sidem is Europe’s longest-existing supplier of chassis parts founded more than 85 years ago, in the year 1933. Thanks to our strong teams and our year-long experience the family business can pride itself on family values and in-depth know-how when it comes to steering and suspension parts. As a result, OE brands also appreciate our approach.  That is why brands such as Porsche and Ford rely on Sidem for steering and suspension parts. We are proud to say that Sidem covers the most complete range of car brands and models in the aftermarket with no less than 9 000 unique references.

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Other Sidem products

Besides ball joints, Sidem’s range of steering and suspension parts also includes:

We have ball joints for 90% of all European and Asian cars

 

 

We do not focus on 1 car brand. Sidem produces control arms for a large variety of all car brands.

Find in the list below a selection of popular brands for which we have upper control arms, lower control arms, front suspension and rear suspension parts.
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