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Poorly Designed Induction Wheels

JGhere

Member
Jan 11, 2021
41
14
Santa Barbara, CA
What kind of engineer would design an expensive wheel that has it's edge on the same plane as the tire's sidewall? With these wheels, if you touch a cement curb even for one second while barely moving during parking, your wheel's finish is toast. Tires should prevent this. Vey poor design. Very unhappy.

Rant over.
 

hnguy054

2021 MY SR
Jan 14, 2021
36
46
CA
Yup that's why I saved the $2000 dollars and spent $400 to powder coat the geminis. I scratched them last night at a super charger but didn't hurt as bad, nothing a little sharpie cant fix.
 

phisDK2021

2021-MY-Long Range-MSM-5 black seats-Tow-No FSD
Jan 27, 2021
25
32
San Diego
Yup that's why I saved the $2000 dollars and spent $400 to powder coat the geminis. I scratched them last night at a super charger but didn't hurt as bad, nothing a little sharpie cant fix.
I did the same thing besides the super charger scratch. Figured I could save the money for now and always upgrade to better looking wheels and much better riding tires once they wear out and use the Geminis as spares (or keep one as a spare and sale the remainders as spares for others!)
 
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SDM44

Member
Aug 9, 2019
265
195
Los Angeles
It's for aerodynamics and for getting better range out of your EV.

If you want to add more protection to the rims, just get wider tires.

Me personally, I'd rather get wider tires and lose 1-3% driving efficiency than to get a curb rash.
 

brinox

Member
Apr 30, 2020
65
41
Lenexa
If you want to add more protection to the rims, just get wider tires.

I'd rather keep the same tire size and get narrower rims. My "Model 3 only" TSV rims from Tsportline work perfectly well on my Model Y PUP. No more confused speedo with the same tire sidewall protection.
 

stopcrazypp

Well-Known Member
Dec 8, 2007
9,936
4,850
What kind of engineer would design an expensive wheel that has it's edge on the same plane as the tire's sidewall? With these wheels, if you touch a cement curb even for one second while barely moving during parking, your wheel's finish is toast. Tires should prevent this. Vey poor design. Very unhappy.

Rant over.
A lot of wheels are like this, not just Tesla's. That's why people invented these things:
https://www.amazon.com/Set-ORIGINAL-AlloyGator-Wheel-Protectors/dp/B074KFXF4V/
 

Blike

Member
Dec 18, 2019
21
11
San Diego
Has anyone else had issues with tire shops and inductions? I just had a tire repaired and they scratched all of the spokes when they were mounting or unmounting the tire
 

N2B8

Member
Nov 24, 2018
71
106
So Cal
Yup that's why I saved the $2000 dollars and spent $400 to powder coat the geminis. I scratched them last night at a super charger but didn't hurt as bad, nothing a little sharpie cant fix.
It’s not just curb rash it’s snow chains too. Will be super expensive to find chains that won’t damage your Induction wheels. People damaged their 20” I wheels after using chains sold on the Tesla website. I might have to get those hideous Geminis and power coat them instead
 

MikeInFL

Member
May 10, 2014
445
226
Florida
Just throw some 265’s on.
 

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