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Is anyone familiar enough with welding stainless to know if it's potentially possible without messing up the electronics and battery systems? I was just thinking about welding an antenna mount to the body, or ways to mount a rack or other things.

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Well, there will already be mount points om thr sails and roof line.

But yes, it should be possible to weld to the surface. All the electrical systems will be isolated from the outside.

Though you won't want to cut through without watching someone else's teardown first. Wouldn't want to hit the battery pack! But the traction power cables should be very isolated, as shorter is better. And there will be the 240v to worry about. But this is no different than remodeling a house... check behind before you cut ^-^

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Welcome to the club.

There is YouTube channel call NOW YOU KNOW where they speak with a law enforcement agency that switched to a model 3 as their cop car. Watch that and then perhaps contact them regarding issues. I realize it is not exactly a 1:1 due to the stainless steel. There may also be a law enforcement journal to search on the topic.
 
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Welcome to the club.

There is YouTube channel call NOW YOU KNOW where they speak with a law enforcement agency that switched to a model 3 as their cop car. Watch that and then perhaps contact them regarding issues. I realize it is not exactly a 1:1 due to the stainless steel. There may also be a law enforcement journal to search on the topic.
Yep. I watch those guys. Also Police1 ran an article about CT use for LEOs, they were very excited about it.
 

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Is anyone familiar enough with welding stainless to know if it's potentially possible without messing up the electronics and battery systems? I was just thinking about welding an antenna mount to the body, or ways to mount a rack or other things.
Snouldn't be a problem as long as you don't do something silly such as grounding at the 12V battery for a weld done at the rear of the car or grounding through any part of the wiring harness. Current flows between the ground attachment point and the work so obviously you want to keep that distance as short as practical. Automotive electronics are pretty tough in the EMC sense.
 

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Is anyone familiar enough with welding stainless to know if it's potentially possible without messing up the electronics and battery systems? I was just thinking about welding an antenna mount to the body, or ways to mount a rack or other things.

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I do weld on trucks and cars, it is my practice to disconnect the battery to remove any potential voltage to delicate circuits ECM, controllers ect. Also place ground cable from welder as close as possible to work and electrode, of course if gas welding is used no concerns of stray voltage but just heat. I remember helping my dad with a welding project and was doing some metal lay out work about 30 feet away from my dad when he was welding and I got a shock from touching then pipes I guess I was part of the path of least resistance.
 

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Weld a sheet to the rear door, hinged just below where the CT's 3/8 inch thick steel bends.
Add a strut or two to hold it up. Viola, your new welding table.
 

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