When Bree purchased her Tesla Model 3, the world of auto customization was something she didn’t understand. But things changed, and boy, did she deliver.
I’m thrilled that Bree agreed to share her build story. A girl who knew nothing about car mods, today she’s part of the RUINED EV crew and turns heads with her customized Tesla Model 3. I believe her story will inspire those about to start their own Tesla customization journey.
Today’s featured ride is a 2020 Tesla Model 3 SR+ owned by Breanna Brzezinski from Portland, Oregon. Let’s dive into it.
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Meet Bree and Her Nicely Customized Tesla Model 3
Bree drove some KIA and Nissan models but never had any of her cars modified. She leased her 2016 Nissan Rogue, intending to buy a Tesla when the lease ended. In December 2019, she became the owner of a new 2020 Model 3 Standard Range Plus.
While her boyfriend was into the JDM and drift car scene, Bree didn’t understand his obsession and often made fun of him. But one day, he sent her the Instagram profile of a local guy who drove a Red Bagged Tesla Model 3, and everything changed.
My boyfriend sent me his Instagram as inspiration for what I could do from my car, and I realized that I didn’t want mine to look like every other Model 3 out there.
Joining the RUINED Tesla Crew
Shortly after that, Bree stumbled down the Instagram rabbit hole of finding my man AJ’s RUINED Tesla and the profiles of all original bagged Tesla owners.
She was introduced to the RUINED EV and realized she wanted to be part of this amazing group of people doing creative things to their vehicles. Influenced by CJ, AJ, and Luca’s modded Teslas, she started transforming the Model 3 into her dream ride.
We are so much more than a group of people in pictures online. We have built a strong community that supports one another and provides advice and direction.
Bree’s Tesla Model 3 Customization Journey
Customizing a Tesla isn’t as hard nowadays. I do a lot of research for the Model 3 mods I recommend on my blog, and there are options for every budget. But that wasn’t the case when Bree started personalizing her vehicle a few years ago.
When I purchased my ride, it was so early in the Tesla game that only one or two companies were making lips for the Model 3.
The First Mods
She started with a chrome delete, wheel accessories, a cheap front lip, and a rear spoiler. Bree jokes that it was her training lip, as she ruined three before she got the hang of driving low.
Speaking of low, the Model 3 was initially lowered with springs, but Bree knew from day one that she’d be bagging it. The challenge was there were no plug-n-play air suspension kits for Teslas back then; you had to piece one together.
About a month later, Bree’s Model 3 was bagged. Redoing her headliner in Black and adding a starlight were also some of her first mods.
The Current Specs
Today, Bree’s Model 3 is a true reflection of her personality. That’s what car customization is all about. It’s a combination of little details and big alterations that makes you smile every time you look at your ride (even if you’re broke…lol).
When I asked her about her favorite mod, she said:
I’ve been so intentional with what I’ve done to my Tesla Model 3. But it would probably be my wheels and the floral design on my windows being tied together.
Wheels & Tires
SK Forged Nika S with 24k gold plated hardware 19×9.5/19×10
Ironman Gen II 225/35 front tires with 235/35 in the rear
Chassis & Suspension
Universal Air Suspension
Airlift Performance management
Mountain Pass Performance adjustable upper control arms
Mountain Pass Performance lower control arm bearings
Mountain Pass Performance rear camber arms
Unplugged Performance end links
Teslux Plaid Series headlights & foglights
Seibon carbon fiber front lip & rear diffuser
Aerowolf ganador mirror visors
Custom floral window design
Blacked out headliner
Carbon fiber seatbelt pieces
Brands & Awards
Bree’s creativity and the tasteful mods she did to the Tesla Model 3 brought home some awards. The ones she’s most proud of are “Best Domestic” and “Best Wheel Game” from the first Slammedenuff event in Portland that took place in 2022.
I was also in the Top 100 at StanceWars Seattle. Even though I didn’t take home an award at that show, it was an incredible opportunity.
When it comes to brands and sponsors, she primarily works with Teslux Innovations. The lighting company is also based in Portland, and Bree’s Tesla Model 3 can often be seen in their booth at car shows. She shares that they’re like a family, and working with them is a lot of fun.
Be selective with the brands you're working with. Don't accept a sponsorship just because the product is free. It should be something you would buy.
Bree’s Future Plans
The Tesla Model 3 is pretty much living in a “done for now” state. I have other big life goals I’m working towards, says Bree.
The only thing she’s planning on doing soon is completely redoing the rims. A custom wing that’s been in storage for two years, repainting the car and brake calipers, and some interior upgrades are on the agenda.
Words of Wisdom
Let’s wrap this thing up with a good piece of advice from Bree. I also asked her to share some tips with other girls looking to join the Tesla modding game. You can follow her on Instagram at: Gryffinbree
- Learn about your car and the work that is going into it. The ability to diagnose an issue is crucial, especially when you start to modify because things break more often.
- There is still a lot of stigma around modified Teslas, and it’s hard to find shops that will work on them. So, if you can learn to do it yourself, that’s a huge knowledge asset.
- You don’t have to build your ride to be super girly. If that’s your thing, then go for it, but it’s always more fun to see a unique build by a woman than another pink car.