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Advice wanted for extra rims with winter tires

Discussion in 'Model S' started by tdjvfr, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. tdjvfr

    tdjvfr Member

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    My S has the 21in gray rims. I love the look. The previous owner also gave me a set of 19 inch standard rims
    that have Pirelli sottozero winter tires on them with decent tread left. I live in North Carolina, I don't need snow tires.
    I was thinking about putting the other rims on for the winter and swapping back out in the spring. I like the idea of
    spreading the miles across the tires so the 21's last longer. I don't like the look of the 19's on this car but I have tires
    with tread, why not use them.

    What would you do?

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  2. andrewket

    andrewket Well-Known Member

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    Just in case you're not aware...

    Snow tires are not just for snow. They're also for cold weather. The performance rubber that comes on the 21's isn't good under 40F.
     
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  3. tdjvfr

    tdjvfr Member

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    No, I did not know that. Thanks!
     
  4. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    Well, I think that's a good idea. Those grey wheels look great on your car.
    But aren't you going to swap out all of the wheel and not just the rim - the outside part of the wheel?
    Its silly to me how people refer to the wheel on a car as a rim. The wheel consists of at least these major parts, hub, spokes and rim.

    Okay sorry for being anal, but its still accurate. :) Happy New Year. (Not directed specifically as you tdjvfr Your post just happen to be in the line of fire).
     
  5. tdjvfr

    tdjvfr Member

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    Ha ha ha, yes you are correct. Might be another "slang" word I picked up in the South. Didn't think much about it until now.
    Everyone refers to wheels as rims around here.
     
  6. Akikiki

    Akikiki A'-Lo-HA ! y'all

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    A couple of years ago I was in Costco's tire dept asking the pimply faced 15 year "tire expert" behind the counter if Costco sold any chrome wheels for pickup trucks. Honestly, he did not know what wheel was. He asked to see the truck and I wondered why/what he was going to look for. We walked out to the parking lot, and he had me point to the wheel. All he said was, "oh - RIMS, why didn't you say RIMS is what you wanted."
    Stupid me.
     
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  7. Footer

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    I have been driving around Charlotte the last week. Too warm for winter tires. If I weren't heading home today you could have sold them to me. :). I could put the Sottozeros to good use.

    I learned the term "rim" 50 years ago from my dad. The tire mounted on the rim made up the wheel. He was one of those guys that did all the maintenance himself, even if it meant yanking the engine out, which he did. I never realized the current terminology until I checked out tirerack.com :D.
     
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  8. PJFW8

    PJFW8 waiting impatiently for Model 3

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    I am in the Asheville NC area and have winter tires due to winter visits to Wisconsin, I use them December through March and have found them useful in NC. Should you use them if you already have them? Yes. Should you buy them in NC? That is a closer question!
     
  9. tdjvfr

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    Well wouldn't you know it. Four Pirelli sottozero winter tires with good tread. One now has a nail in an unplugable area.
    Discount tire didn't have the tire and Pirelli was out. Ugh!
     

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