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self made aero wheels

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by David99, Jan 29, 2015.

  1. WarpedOne

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    Plastic is cheap enough that I would not mind replacing them every year.

    Now, who is that guy that is making various accessories for model S?
    Like center console, lighted Ts, different nosecones, ... there is idea for another product - full moon wheel covers. Make them 18" and I'll buy them even though I'm still MS-less.
    :)
     
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    I'm mostly into getting the best range at highway speeds and this trick sure seems like a very nice way of adding extra miles. Looking very much forward to you range tests.
     
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    You mean this?
    toy-19.jpg

    That hole in the middle is a showstopper.
     
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    #85 wycolo, Feb 18, 2015
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    These fit perfectly on the stock 19 inch Tesla rims:

    New Star Foodservice
    SKU: CSPT-20
    item# 51063
    6 pieces per box
    Amazon: $42.99 with free shipping, took 7 days.

    Very good fit just as in David99's photos. There is a slight clearance between pan and center logo which is exactly what you want there.
    Just got these today and held one up to the rim. May want to remove wheel and work on a table. These may have a slightly smoother edge roll than his, but very hard to tell any difference.
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    I guess you have already tried it out?
    Where are the pics? We want YT! :)
     
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    Here is a 51063 pan resting on a 19in rim. There is about 1/32in clearance to the spoke highpoint, which is about halfway up the spoke. The screws will be outboard of this, probably ~2 inches from rim edge, so they will pull pan to the highpoints.

    51063.on.19in.jpg

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    I can't believe this thread is still alive. Those things are horrendous. Who in their right mind would ever drive around like that?
     
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    The interesting thing is, and I didn't expect that, I'm getting a lot of positive feedback for the looks.
     
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    A lot of salt flat top speed custom cars where aero is everything have gone that route...

    New-Car3.jpg

    hrdp_0912_14+bonneville_speed_week.jpg
     
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    I thought they looked pretty good as well. The only part I'm not keen about is drilling the wheels. There should be some better way to attach them.
     
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    Whatever is done must be completely secure. As others have mentioned, we don't want one of those things flying off into traffic.
     
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    #94 ChadS, Feb 18, 2015
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    One of those little pans going in to traffic? Pssht.

    Many years ago I had an entire wheel+tire go flying off in to traffic (all the lug nuts were on; the wheel pulled off over the lug nuts. This was on an Econoline van). It bounced diagonally across an intersection, hit the curb, bounced over the sidewalk and the railing protecting an 8' drop, and bounced much higher through the parking lot on the other side as it made its way towards the large plate glass windows on the Discount Tire Store. Screaming the entire time, "Momma, I'm coming home!".

    Fortunately it had the good sense to weave between traffic and didn't hit anyone. And it turned just before the windows and hit a brick wall instead. I was sweating that one for a while. (But oddly, I also felt sudden relief as I finally knew out why the van was vibrating at speed. We were a block away from the Ford dealer we were going to have inspect it).

    More on-topic, Moon Discs have quick attachments so you can put them on and take them off easily. But...you have to weld the attachment points to the wheels, ugh.
     
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    Indeed. Drilled rims have reduced strength. How severely reduced is an open question.

    They only go up to 18" and cost $320 wo shipping.
     
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    The engineer in me is intrigued by the experiment.

    The car lover in me shakes his head at what are obviously cheap pizza pans bolted to a $100K beautifully styled automobile.
     
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    My feelings, too, but I sure would like to hear the results of some actual tests to see if it's worthwhile to find something more aesthetically pleasing.
     
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    Here is post from 2 years ago that someone else attached their pizza pans without drilling

     

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