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Model 3 wheel options

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by nikeykid, May 18, 2017.

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  1. nikeykid

    nikeykid Member

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    two different rims on the white

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    The top photo's wheels have very straight propeller type spokes that are recessed.....whereas the bottom photo's wheels have curve and twists to its spokes that end at the outer rim of the wheel.

    I like the curves and twists..... its S3XY'er.
     
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    I do see the difference, but I wonder if that is just the angle of the picture. The top one could just be at the right angle to make them look flat. There are a couple of the spokes on the back wheel where you can see they look wider.
     
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  5. nikeykid

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    and the curvy spokes appear to be slightly bigger, maybe 19'' vs 18''?
     
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    Yeah you're right, here's a better picture that's easier to see
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    I love how people disagree with how something looks to me... or maybe they are disagreeing about nikeykid's eyes o_O
     
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    The upper wheel spokes are recessed whereas the lower wheel spokes end at the outer rim of the wheel.
     
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    I disagreed because they look strikingly different and trust your eyes are top notch based on prior observations ;)
     
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    Another photo of the other wheels on the white RC. Look to be smaller than the fan blade wheels. WhiteMay3rear.png
     
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    I've been looking at thousands of rims and I have found that anytime a spoke ends itself inside of the outer rim of a wheel... the entire wheel looks smaller.

    In other words....the shorter a spoke appears to be....the smaller the wheel looks.

    I think the wheels are the same identical size.
     
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    I agree 100%

    I wonder what will be the largest size wheels that Tesla will offer on the Model 3. 21"? 20"?
     
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    plankeye That Vegan EV Guy

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    Most likely 20". Model 3 is smaller than S which has 21", and the prototypes of the Model 3 had 20".
     
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    The most common guesses seem to be two sizes, 18 & 20
     
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    Thanks. I wonder if 21's would be just too large.
     
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    I obviously agree as well. Same for model S though, looks back heavy/thick.

    larger wheels will likely degrade range. 21 would be way too big in my opinion for both aesthetics and range.
     
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    Depending on offsets, think I might try to put S turbines on. Range be damned :p Heck, lets go with the X 22s :D
     
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  17. Chris L

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    I was judging the wheel size by the amount of tire between the rim and the road. The turbine-style wheels appear to mount lower profile tires, to my eyes, compared to what's in this photo. I looked at a number of different photos before making the judgment. Of course, July will bring specifics.
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    The shadow from the wheel well is also deceiving, but I agree that this version of the wheels are smaller diameter with taller sidewall tires. Most likely 18" wheels.
     
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    The "rims" might be the same, but the "spokes" are definitely different. ;)
     
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    To me both wheels appear to be the same design. Possibly one wheel in 18" and one in 20". The smaller rim has what appears to be a higher profile tire (higher sidewall). The larger rim has what appears to be a lower profile tire. This would give them approximately the same diameter and rolling circumference.
    I think it would be great if the base 18" had the same design wheel as the 20" we have all seen.
     
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