Carbon Fiber A/B/C-Pillar Appliqués for Tesla Model X
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Carbon Fiber A/B/C-Pillar Appliqués for Tesla Model X

Carbon Fiber A/B/C-Pillar appliqués give your Tesla Model X a distinctive performance accent for the vehicle's exterior. Our A-Pillar appliqué covers the small triangular window immediately behind the A-Pillar. The B-Pillar and C-Pillar appliqués transform the conventional gloss black plastic finish and covers the column (the B-pillar) that separates the front and rear windows and the column (the C-Pillar) that separates the falcon-wing door window from the small window insert for the third row/trunk. Designed exclusively for the Tesla Model X, our real carbon fiber A/B/C-Pillar appliqués are dimensioned to fit their corresponding trim pieces precisely. When coupled with the EVANNEX real carbon fiber spoiler appliqué, they provide an integrated look that will make your Model X stand out from the crowd.

IMPORTANT:  If your Model X was delivered during or before November, 2016, the 'standard' B-Pillar appliqués are appropriate. However, if your Model X has a "second generation" sensor suite (Autopilot Hardware 2.0) with a side-facing cameras in the B-Pillars, 'standard' B-Pillar appliqués will block the side-facing camera and should not be used on your vehicle. 

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Overview

Carbon Fiber is a strong, lightweight, high tech material that can be used to accent the exterior of your Tesla Model X. Our carbon fiber A/B/C-Pillar appliqués are perfect as singular accents, or they can be used in conjunction with our carbon fiber spoiler appliqué.

A-Pillar appliqué. Covers the small triangular window immediately behind of the A-Pillar, providing just a hint of carbon fiber as one glances at the distinctive Model X side view mirrors.

 

B-Pillar appliqué. Transform the conventional gloss black plastic finish that covers the column (the B-pillar) that separates the front and rear windows with real carbon fiber appliqués.

 

C-Pillar appliqué. Transforms and the column (the C-Pillar) that separates the falcon-wing door window from the small window insert for the third row/trunk.

 

The A/B/C Pillar appliqués have been designed exclusively for the Tesla Model X and are dimensioned to fit their corresponding trim pieces precisely. When coupled with the EVANNEX real carbon spoiler appliqué, they provide an integrated look that will make your Model X stand out from the crowd.

IMPORTANT:  If your Model X was delivered during or before November, 2016, the 'standard' B-Pillar appliqués are appropriate. However, if your Model X has a "second generation" sensor suite (Autopilot Hardware 2.0) with a side-facing cameras in the B-Pillars, 'standard' B-Pillar appliqués will block the side-facing camera and should not be used on your vehicle. 

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Specification

Our EVANNEX A/B/C-Pillar appliqués are fabricated using real carbon fiber, T-300 3K Torayca Carbon Fiber (2x2 twill), finished with a “domed” high-grade polyurethane coating specially formulated to be abrasion and wear resistant. Each appliqué is backed with an industrial grade permanent 3M adhesive to ensure a strong bond.

The appliqués have been designed and fabricated to fit the unique dimensions of the Model X A pillar window, and B-Pillar and C-Pillar. Each appliqué is approximately 2.7mm thick. The A-pillar appliqué is a small triangle that covers the window glass immediately adjacent to the A-Pillar on both the driver and passenger side. The B-Pillar appliqués come in two pieces for both the driver and passenger side (a total of four pieces), spanning the space between the front and second row windows. The C-Pillar appliqués are provided for both the driver and passenger side C-Pillar column.

The thin profile of each A/B/C-Pillar appliqués, along with their domed finish ensures that they will have no appreciable impact on airflow over the Model S exterior and therefore, no appreciable effect on drag—one of the key factors that affects the range of the vehicle. There is no discernible increase in wind noise with the appliqués installed.

Each appliqué is backed with 3M 5849 adhesive, a 20-mil thick, medium-density, dark gray acrylic foam, with TX-1 and DS-4 adhesives on the liner and non-liner sides of the product, respectively.), widely used in automotive applications. The adhesive provides a permanent bond to the surface to which it is affixed. The overall cross section of each appliqué is shown below:

permanent adhesive bond to the surface accent-e carbon fiber exterior appliqué packages

The polyurethane resin surface has been exhaustively tested to ensure that it can stand-up to environmental conditions.

Installation. Installation of the A/B/C-Pillar appliqués is straightforward and can be performed as a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. However, for those Model X owners who are not DIY-oriented, the appliqués can be installed by any competent automotive installer. A detailed set of installation instructions is provided with each order. All appliqués can be cleaned using soap, water, and a soft, clean cloth. If you'd like to provide a lasting shine and protection, we recommend a hand-spray product called Wax-As-U-Dry produced by Eagle One (TM).

A/B/C-Pillar appliqués are offered in gloss and matte finishes. The photo below provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. Overall, gloss "pops" and enhances the look of the carbon fiber; matte is more muted and provides an understated carbon fiber feel.

Tesla Model S gloss/matte carbon fiber finishes

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Installation

A/B/C-Pillar appliqués have been designed for those Tesla Model X owners who would like to add easily-installed carbon fiber exterior customization for the Model X. Although care must be taken in any do-it-yourself (DIY) job, the appliqués can generally be installed by the Model X owners themselves. For those owners who would prefer professional installation, any competent, automotive aftermarket custom shop can do the install quickly and easily. Complete installation instructions are provided for A/B/C-Pillar appliqués. Video should be viewed below along with careful reading of the written instructions.

Installation Video

 

Installation Guide

 

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FAQ

My Tesla Model X has a second generation (Autopilot hardware 2.0) sensor suite. Will the B-Pillar appliqués block the side facing camera?

If your Model X was delivered prior to November, 2016, the 'standard' B-Pillar appliqués are appropriate. However, if your Model X has a "second generation" sensor suite with a side-facing camera in the B-Pillar, 'standard' B-Pillar appliqués will block the side-facing camera and should not be used on your vehicle.

How are the A/B/C-Pillar appliqués fabricated, and are they real carbon fiber?

A/B/C-Pillar appliqués are fabricated from real T-300 3K Torayca Carbon Fiber (2x2 twill). Our unique design and fabrication approach allows us to finish the carbon fiber with a high strength polyurethane coating in either a high gloss or matte finish. The coating is both sun and weather resistant. The coating is “domed” to provide an aesthetic edge finish and a dimensional feel. Each appliqué is then backed with 3M 5849 adhesive, providing a strong permanent bond to the automotive surface.

Can I order A/B/C-Pillar appliqués in a different finish other than carbon fiber?

B-Pillar and C-Pillar are available only in real carbon fiber in either a gloss or matte finish.

Do you recommend the gloss or matte finish?

The finish you choose is a matter of personal preference. We prefer the gloss finish. It tends to reflect light in a manner that really complements the Model S exterior. We've featured the gloss finish in all our photos and video because we feel it better accentuates and enhances the beauty of the Model X. However, we recognize that some Model X owners may prefer a slightly more "muted" matte finish. The photo below provides a rough indication of the difference in the finishes. Overall, gloss "pops" and enhances the look of the carbon fiber; matte is more muted and provides an understated carbon fiber feel.

 

Tesla Model S carbon fiber gloss vs matte finishes

What is the difference between the materials you use and a carbon fiber "wrap"? 

A ‘wrap’ is a very thin vinyl material that is printed with a pattern that looks like carbon fiber. The wrap can be adhered to a surface and provides a simulated, faux-carbon fiber look. But it is not real carbon fiber. A wrap is flat and has no dimensional feel and relatively little visual depth. In general, wraps are installed by professionals. EVANNEX’s A/B/C-Pillar appliqués are fabricated with real carbon fiber, finished with a high strength polyurethane coating in either a high gloss or matte finish. The coating for all appliqués is “domed” to provide an aesthetic edge finish and a dimensional feel. 

Can I install this product myself?

Yes. We’ve designed the A/B/C-Pillar appliqués for do-it-yourself (DIY) installation. In fact, the only tools you might need are a soft cloth, some masking tape, and a cleaning solution of alcohol and distilled water (readily available at any large pharmacy). We provide you with a detailed installation video and written instructions for each piece. However, if you’re just not a DIY person, A/B/C-Pillar appliqués can be installed by any competent aftermarket automotive installer.

Is it possible to slide and A/B/C-Pillar appliqués into place as I position them on the Model X?

In general, the answer is no. The industrial adhesive that we use on each appliqué creates a very strong and permanent bond. The way to position an appliqué is to adhere it only on its edge. That will create a very small contact surface for you to remove it and reposition, if necessary. However, once the appliqué is pressed into place, it is not intended be removed or repositioned. For that reason, you must very carefully align the piece before you adhere it. For more info, see question below.

Can you provide a bit more detail about installation?

See 'Installation' tab for more details. Complete installation instructions, video, and guidelines are also provided with each package; please follow the instructions provided to ensure proper installation.

Can I remove the A/B/C-Pillar appliqués once they have been installed?

In order to ensure that the appliqués will not separate from the automotive surfaces as your car is being driven, they have been designed for permanent installation. It is possible, however, to remove an appliqué by heating it with a hair dryer and slowly peeling it off. However, the appliqué will likely be stretched or torn if it is removed, and some adhesive residue may be left on the surface. The residue can be peeled off and the surface cleaned with acetone. It is possible (but unlikely) that the surface might be slightly marred as a result. Therefore, each appliqué should be viewed as a permanent installation. Additional removal instructions are appended to the installation instructions.

How should I clean the appliqués?

Soap, water, and a soft, clean cloth should do the trick. If you'd like to provide a lasting shine and protection, we recommend a hand-spray product called Wax-As-U-Dry produced by Eagle One (TM).

Will the addition of the appliqués pieces affect the aerodynamics of the Model X and thereby impact the Model X performance and range?

Each of the appliqués rise from the surface by less than 2.7mm. We’ll admit that we haven’t done wind tunnel tests or computer-based simulations, but because of the low profile of the appliqué pieces, any affect on aerodynamics of range would be virtually undetectable.

Will the addition of the appliqués increase wind noise?

No. The thin profile and tight fit become part of the vehicle surface and will not create any discernible wind nose.

How long does it take to receive my A/B/C-Pillar appliqués order?

The delivery time frame for A/B/C-Pillar appliqués is between 2 and 4 weeks (for U.S. orders) from the day you place your order, depending on the number of orders in the production queue.

Do A/B/C-Pillar appliqués ship to International destinations?

Yes, the appliqués ship internationally using FedEx International. For more information, check out our Shipping and Fulfillment page.

What If I decide I do not like the A/B/C-Pillar appliqués and wish to return them?

BEFORE you install any A/B/C-Pillar appliqués piece, be sure to assess the look. You can do this using masking tape to attach an appliqué (without removing the red adhesive backing). If you want to do a more complete assessment, you can use double sided masking tape placed directly over the red adhesive backing of the appliqués piece. DO NOT remove the adhesive backing tape until you are satisfied that the look works for you. As long as you have not removed the adhesive backing on any piece, the appliqués may be returned for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. B-Pillar and C-Pillar appliqués pieces cannot be reused once the adhesive backing is removed, and the backing cannot be replaced properly once it is pulled off. For that reason, the A/B/C-Pillar appliqués product cannot be returned for a refund if the adhesive backing is removed.

Return Policy for A/B/C-Pillar Appliqués

Once the red adhesive backing has been removed from a A/B/C-Pillar appliqué piece, the product can no longer be returned for credit or exchange. The reason for this is that the appliqués piece and the package cannot be reused or resold once the adhesive backing has been removed.

Therefore, please be certain that you’re satisfied with the look and style of your appliqués BEFORE you remove the red adhesive backing tape from any appliqués piece. You can accomplish this using masking tape to temporarily hold the piece in place or, if you want an even more realistic preview, you can use double-sided masking tape to temporarily affix the piece(s) to assess the look and style. Stated as succinctly as possible, once you remove the red adhesive backing from any A/B/C-Pillar appliqués piece, the appliqués are yours—no returns and no credit can be offered.

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