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Model S standard wheels - hubcaps ??

Dakster

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I currently own Dec 2016 Model S and looking to upgrade to refreshed MS but I am having hard time getting over standard 19” wheels with hubcaps?? Hate to spend extra 4.5k for 21” as I really prefer 19” or 20” all-season tires.

I wish Tesla had an option for decent 19” or 20” wheels, I don’t really about the efficiency gained by using hub caps.
 

namikun

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I if they’re like the Model Y Gemini wheels, the wheels don’t look too bad under the covers IMHO.
 

SoCal Buzz

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Here's another 2020 MS showing the Gemini wheels. Without the hubcaps, they look OK.

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I agree they are "ok", certainly better than the hubcaps. I far prefer the original Tesla 19" wheels. However, these will really look terrible with the new chrome-delete look, which would necessitate getting some type of powder coat. I really hope they come up with a better standard 19" later this year, for those of us who don't want 21s.
 

Dakster

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Slipstream wheels I currently have look much better I think. Can’t believe Tesla uses such cheap looking wheels on a 90k car. I really hope they do something about it.
 

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Doanster1

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Whole-heartedly agree that the split spoke 19s were the best looking base wheels for the Model S. Hassle for sure, but you can find a decent set and finish them here/CL/eBay.
I use them as my winter set so didn’t mind playing with the color (Plasti-Dip) since they go on maybe 2wks/yr.
 

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SoCal Buzz

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Whole-heartedly agree that the split spoke 19s were the best looking base wheels for the Model S. Hassle for sure, but you can find a decent set and finish them here/CL/eBay.
I use them as my winter set so didn’t mind playing with the color (Plasti-Dip) since they go on maybe 2wks/yr.
Interesting to see wheels with different color and chrome-delete. I like it. Rather than black wheels on a new Tesla model, I would probably go with gunmetal or such for some contrast.

PS-did you try to black-out the chrome on side mirrors?
 

Doanster1

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Interesting to see wheels with different color and chrome-delete. I like it. Rather than black wheels on a new Tesla model, I would probably go with gunmetal or such for some contrast.

PS-did you try to black-out the chrome on side mirrors?
Gunmetal FTW. :)
I didn’t try the mirrors because I knew I’d mess it up so to speak since the rest was pure DIY. Dip is easy, but too much hassle/low ROI so if I do try, it’ll be with the vinyl I have left.
 

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StevenSD

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I agree, the standard 19" wheels with hubcaps look like they belong on an economy car. It would be nice if Tesla had another option other than the 21" gray Arachnids.

I currently own Dec 2016 Model S and looking to upgrade to refreshed MS but I am having hard time getting over standard 19” wheels with hubcaps?? Hate to spend extra 4.5k for 21” as I really prefer 19” or 20” all-season tires.

I wish Tesla had an option for decent 19” or 20” wheels, I don’t really about the efficiency gained by using hub caps.
 

LargeHamCollider

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I currently own Dec 2016 Model S and looking to upgrade to refreshed MS but I am having hard time getting over standard 19” wheels with hubcaps?? Hate to spend extra 4.5k for 21” as I really prefer 19” or 20” all-season tires.

I wish Tesla had an option for decent 19” or 20” wheels, I don’t really about the efficiency gained by using hub caps.
This is an easy fix, buy some after market 19" wheels.
 
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