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I'm in the minority, I like the 19" naked Gemini wheels better

Imolared

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Sep 14, 2019
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Northern California
Finally saw it in person today at Fremont Delivery Center... I prefer the 19" naked Gemini wheels better.


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n.one.one

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Oct 12, 2014
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Metro Atlanta, GA, USA
I know there is a range hit when you remove the covers but don't remember how much (is it about 3%). I'll wait to see the wheels in person both with the covers and without. Then I'll evaluate the looks combined with the range loss.
 
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Isakura

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Mar 18, 2020
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I know there is a range hit when you remove the covers but don't remember how much (is it about 3%). I'll wait to see the wheels in person both with the covers and without. Then I'll evaluate the looks combined with the range loss.

Last I read it's about 30 miles? I too prefer the look without the covers, and will prolly sacrifice the 30 miles to go without them (pop them on for long trips of course).
 

iamnid

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Dec 4, 2019
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Riverside, CA
I've never dealt with covers. Are they difficult to take off and put on?
No. They are basically hubcaps. What takes more time is if you get a center cap and lug covers to pretty up the wheels when the aero covers are off... Then it is a bit of a pain to switch back and forth. Speaking from experience with the Model 3 aero wheels, of course, the model Y wheels could be different .
 
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Wennfred

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Apr 4, 2019
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Got to have the aero covers on, don’t like the look of those naked ones. The Chinese have nicer inside wheels, check Derik videos

Fred
 

Jmp123

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Nov 10, 2019
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Pittsburgh PA
I'm not a fan of any of the model Y wheels to be honest. I'm sure that will change a bit when I see them in person. I'm planning to get a White or Gray and i think a darker aftermarket wheel is where I'll land.
 

VT_EE

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Apr 22, 2017
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Maryland
Last I read it's about 30 miles? I too prefer the look without the covers, and will prolly sacrifice the 30 miles to go without them (pop them on for long trips of course).
It's not 30 miles. The 10% figure was the difference between aero (i.e. Gemini) wheel with covers on vs. the sport wheels. Taking the covers off will result in ~3% reduced range or ~9mi of max range compared to the Gemini wheels with the covers on. This is of course at highway speed. The range reduction will be much less at lower speeds. All this is based on measurements taken on the Model 3, but should also apply to the Y.
 

cypho

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Dec 20, 2018
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No. They are basically hubcaps. What takes more time is if you get a center cap and lug covers to pretty up the wheels when the aero covers are off... Then it is a bit of a pain to switch back and forth. Speaking from experience with the Model 3 aero wheels, of course, the model Y wheels could be different .
On the model 3, you don't need to take the lug nut covers off when you put the hubcap back on. Just pull out the center cap and Pop on the hub cap.
 

Robocheme

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Feb 3, 2017
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Northern California
On the model 3, you don't need to take the lug nut covers off when you put the hubcap back on. Just pull out the center cap and Pop on the hub cap.
"Just pull out the center cap" isn't quite as easy as it sounds. On my 3, I drilled some small holes in each cap and used a hook to pull them out. Other people use a suction cup device.
Hopefully, those bare wheels will look better with the center cap and lug nut covers on. If not, I may be painting the covers or powder coating the wheels. Anyone know where I can get the powder coating done in the SF East Bay?

Thanks,

Cliff
 

IdaBish

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Feb 12, 2020
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Tucson, AZ/Santa Maria, CA
"Just pull out the center cap" isn't quite as easy as it sounds. On my 3, I drilled some small holes in each cap and used a hook to pull them out. Other people use a suction cup device.
Hopefully, those bare wheels will look better with the center cap and lug nut covers on. If not, I may be painting the covers or powder coating the wheels. Anyone know where I can get the powder coating done in the SF East Bay?

Thanks,

Cliff
powder coating - Yahoo Local Search Results
 

XLR82XS

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Jul 26, 2019
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I'm not a fan of any of the model Y wheels to be honest. I'm sure that will change a bit when I see them in person. I'm planning to get a White or Gray and i think a darker aftermarket wheel is where I'll land.
The only ones I like are the uberturbine - the others are no bueno.
 

mackgriggs

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Feb 11, 2020
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boise, idaho
Try this to get the center caps out. These suction cups work like a champ.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015T58AUW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If you can wait a month or two, I'm sure these are the exact same ->

US $1.23 16% OFF|Body Repair Kit Glass Suction Cup Repairing Dent Removal Glass Metal Cell Phone Table PC Screen Repair Disassemble Hand Tool|disassembly tool|tools phone|disassemble tools phone - AliExpress

Any generic item like that on amazon, is really just a reseller getting them from china, dropshipping them on amazon and then marking them up.
 

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