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Does going to 19" wheels improve range over 20"?

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by Jeffgtx, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Jeffgtx

    Jeffgtx Member

    May 20, 2014
    West coast
    i know that going from 20 to 22 inch wheels on the X can have a 10% negative impact on range. Does going from 20 to 19 have a positive impact or is it a wash at a certain point? Thanks.
  2. bhzmark

    bhzmark Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2013
    I wonder if the difference isn't so much going from a larger size to a smaller size but going from a heavier weight to a lighter weight wheel. The smaller Wheel and Tire combos are generally lighter than the larger Wheel and Tire combos. Or it could be going from a wider Tire to a narrower tire which will generally offer less rolling resistance.
  3. abikepeddler

    abikepeddler Member

    Feb 13, 2016
    Del Mar, CA
    The thing I'm waiting to see is someone range test a Model S or Model X with four space saver wheels and tires. They are about as light in low rolling resistance as it gets and I'm suspicious that they wouldn't produce any significant increase in range. Granted they are totally unsafe for anything more than a whimsical test but it would be interesting to see their impact on range. Has anybody done any range tests with the stock tires in an overinflated state? I'm curious what over-inflated tires would do to range.
  4. goneskiian

    goneskiian Active Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Bellevue WA
    This has pretty much already been confirmed. Many people have reported no range loss with large, lightweight wheels. The OEM 22's are really quite heavy though.
  5. bxr140

    bxr140 Active Member

    Nov 18, 2014
    Bay Area
    In addition to weight, tire type is the other the big factor. Lower profile tires (which you'd put on the bigger wheels) are typically more sporty, and usually more sporty tires have more rolling resistance.
  6. RobertF

    RobertF Member

    Apr 21, 2016
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Are 19" same diameter as 20". If not make sure you compensate for distance difference.

  7. Pwdr Extreme

    Pwdr Extreme Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    Bozeman, MT
    As other's have stated it isn't about the actual size of the wheel per se, it's about the weight of the wheel and the type of rubber and width of the tire. The weight makes a big difference, all things being equal tire wise, a set of 24" wheels made out of titanium or magnesium (i.e.: very light weight) would be more efficient than the standard 20" wheels. But, as others have pointed out, typically when you go to a bigger rim and a lower profile tire, you also go to more of a performance tire which do have a greater rolling resistance.

    Real world best efficiency would be achieved buying the lightest 19 or 20" wheel you can find, (that still has the necessary weight rating) and purchase a set of tires specifically designed for low rolling resistance. Also, buy the narrowest tire you can get that will still fit the rim (again, beware of weight ratings) this will decrease rolling resistance as well. You will suffer some in handling and cornering performance, but most people looking for economy aren't concerned about carving high speed corners.
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