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Read this if you're installing non-OEM (e.g. Winter) rims

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by GoFaster, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. GoFaster

    GoFaster Supporting Member

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    Today was the day for me to install my winter (aka snow) tires. I ran into an issue that I hadn't seen discussed before so I thought I would post this if anyone else runs into this and perhaps save them some time (and anxiety!)

    During manufacture Tesla installs a small bolt (see the first image, it's the one with a dab of orange paint between two screws). For the OEM rim there is a fairly large void between the holes for the lug screws. On the rims I purchased, there was a fairly small void (see the second and third attached images). The result was that my new rims wouldn't seat properly.

    The solution is easy; remove the bolt. You'll need a 10mm socket to do so. There is no problem leaving that bolt out; it isn't critical for the car (as long as you have rims bolted on).
     

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  2. JeffK

    JeffK Well-Known Member

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    It's been addressed here and on youtube in multiple videos on the subject, but it's probably easy to miss if you aren't searching for wheel/tire model 3 videos.





    The easiest thing is to get non-OEM wheels that are made to go on a Model 3 :)
     
  3. Zoomit

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    The easiest thing is in fact to remove the bolt as the OP said.
     
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  4. JeffK

    JeffK Well-Known Member

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    haha true, but the bolt does have a purpose if doing brake work.
     

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