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Model S wheel nut spacing

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Billygarrett, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Billygarrett

    Billygarrett Member

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    I know there are 5 nuts on the S wheels, but does anybody know if the spacing and position is the same as a Lexus RX 350 or 400H?
    Strange question, but I recently invested (actually last winter!!) in a set of alloys with winter/snow tyres for my 400h and I am wondering if they will fit a Model S!
    Also since they are 18 inch wheels, so apart from the speedo saying the car is going faster than it actually is, can anybody see a problem fitting these alloys in winter?
    BTW, how does the car know if 19" or 21" wheels are fitted?
    Thanks
    Billy
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    You won't be able to use your 18" wheels because they won't clear the brakes.
    The 19" and 21" tires have almost the same revs/mile so that won't make any difference.
     
  3. wart

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    The bolt pattern on the Tesla Model S is 5-120. Lexus RX appears to be 5-114. So no, not the same pattern.

    5-120 appears to be most common on BMW's.
     
  4. GaryREM

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    Why does the car care? Wheel diameter is unimportant if tire diameter is the same. 19's and 21's have same tire diameter.
     
  5. Kbsilver

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    Besides lug spacing there is bore size and offset. Most performance cars are tight fit on the bore over a lip on the axle for perfect centering. I just checked Tire Rack and they have over 80 different wheels listed for Tesla, so it must be a common size.
     
  6. GaryREM

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    A lot of those wheels use centering rings to correct for bore differences.
     
  7. Billygarrett

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    That's a lot of info that I didn't know.
    Many thanks Everybody.
    Anybody want to buy a set of Lexus 400h wheels? :)
     
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