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New Roadster Owner - Winter Tires

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by ibcs, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. ibcs

    ibcs Member

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    I would like a recommendation on winter tires for Roadster 1196 - 2.5 Non Sport. I currently have the Advan Neova 175/55/r16 in the front and Neova Advan 225/45/17 in the rear. I live near Dayton, Ohio and I currently have few questions...


    • What is the preferred winter tires (Front and rear)?
      Do I need to have Tesla Install them? (Columbus in 65 miles away and no way to transport in roadster)
      How does it affect the tire pressure sensor system?
      Do most people buy another set of rims?
      Can the rims be purchased third party or what are the advantages of using Tesla?

    I know after installing the tires you have to set the system for new tires. Any other procedures that I'm missing would be great to be discussed.

    Thank you in advance as I've only had the roadster since 9/27/13. Tried reading through the tire thread and got more confused after reading it.
     
  2. Doug_G

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    The options I am aware of are:

    Hankook W300 Icebear
    195/50/16 front
    225/45/17 rear

    Pirelli
    225/45/R17 94V Pirelli Sottozero 240
    195/50/R16 Pirelli Snowsport 210

    I've driven on the Pirellis and they worked okay.

    No, any competent tire shop can do it. But I would take them to a good shop.

    You would need to get TPMS sensors and have them programmed with a Tesla-specific tool. Tesla used to sell the tools (not cheap) but they have also been known to lend them.

    Personally I don't bother - when I put my other set of wheels on I just live with the TMPS errors. But I'm in Canada and they aren't mandated here... and I regularly check my pressures manually.

    Very good idea. Swapping the tires on the rims is not good for them, especially with the stiff sidewalls on the summer tires.


    Options are extremely limited because the Roadster has a unique bolt pattern (Lotus uses 4 bolts, Tesla 5). No one makes these except on special order.
     
  3. ibcs

    ibcs Member

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    Thanks Doug,

    I really appreciate you taking the time to walk a first time owner through the process. Sounds like I need to order the rims from Tesla as soon as possible. Not looking for anything fancy for Winter, so I'll look at my options and then find the Hankook or Pirelli's in my local area.

    ---Kent
     
  4. Rik

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    why not just order the rims with snow tires from the tesla accessories page? it's a matched set known to work
     
  5. dhrivnak

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    I have used Continental Extreme Contact DWS and in our snow of last year I passed many cars stuck at the bottom of the hills. They also last 2.5X longer than the Yokohama's
     
  6. bart513

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    I have those on my BMW and mini cooper and they are fantastic.
     
  7. ibcs

    ibcs Member

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    Do you just ignore the Tire Pressure warning system? I like the idea of the Continental for tire life and relatively easy to find locally.
    Did you order rims from Tesla?
     

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