What’s A Tesla Shotgun Outer Assembly?

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.

When searching for repair procedures, knowing what to look for can save valuable time. When searching Tesla, for example, instead of looking for an upper rail, look for the shotgun outer assembly (see Table 1). Having the correct repair information is essential to a proper repair process. Without vehicle maker repair information, you are potentially re-engineering the vehicle without the research into how the vehicle would react in another collision.

Tesla repair information is available at: service.tesla.com

Table 1
Tesla Part Terms Industry Part Terms
Shotgun Front Upper Rail
Front Frame Rail Front Lower Rail
A-Pillar, Hinge Pillar A-Pillar
B-Pillar B-Pillar
Sill Panel Outer Rocker Panel
Quarter Panel Quarter Panel
Rear Panel Rear Body Panel
Rear Trunk Floor Trunk Floor
Rear Member Rail, Rear Node Rear Rail
This table shows the terms that Tesla uses on the left and the common industry terms on the right.

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