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Slipstream or Double Spoke Wheels?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by TXO1, Jul 21, 2016.

  1. TXO1

    TXO1 New Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    I'm looking for opinions regarding slipstream vs double spoke wheels.

    My Tesla Model S in midnight silver metallic was delivered at the end of March and was supposed to have the new slipstream wheels but instead had the double spoke wheels. They couldn't make the change on the day of delivery. I was able to look at both wheels on other cars but couldn't decide which I liked better. Tesla will swap out the double spokes for the slipstream if I would like, and after several months of delays actually have the slipstream wheels at the service center.

    Thoughts?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Max*

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    I like the look of Turbine > cyclones > double spoke > slipstream
     
  3. TXO1

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    Thank you for your thoughts. I think I tend to agree with you but am having a hard time deciding.
     
  4. STbreaker

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    I went with Cyclones because I think the outer ring on the slipstream is too wide and makes the wheels look smaller than they are. However I think this is mitigated some if you powder coat them a darker color.

    In stock form I would still choose the slipstreams over the double spoke though
     
  5. whitex

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    Slipstream look nice on the website, but in person the visible groove around the inside wheel makes them look like hub-caps. IMO. Also, wouldn't that groove collect mud/dirt? Here is a picture I snapped at the showroom.

    slipstream2.png
     
  6. xlpro

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    I just bought a P85 with Midnight Silver Paint, and I bought 2 sets of wheels, 21s and 19s. IMG_3565.JPG IMG_3572.JPG IMG_3575.JPG IMG_3571.JPG
    Definitely Slipstreams IMO!
     
  7. ArtInCT

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    After seeing the slipstream wheels in person, I really feel that the amount of material at the outer edge or rim of the wheel is too thick. I certainly prefer the original double spoke wheels. I have a set of double spokes which I had powder coated dark grey and are used for my snow tires in the winter months.
     
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    I have 2 sets of split spoke 19's (summer and winter) and would trade for slipstreams in a heartbeat.
     
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    I'm in the same situation. I have midnight silver on order with slipstreams. Im looking to purchase double spoke wheels. As stated above they are bulky around the tire area. The double spoke lets more of the rotor a calipers show. The slips look better in the design studio picture because the picture has been altered to show depth ( light and dark shadows) but from real life photos there is a lot of silver.

    I THINK DOUBLE SPOKE LOOKS BETTER
     
  10. tstafford

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    I prefer the double spoke.
     
  11. Model S M.D.

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    #11 Model S M.D., Jul 24, 2016
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    Screen Shot 2016-07-24 at 8.24.06 AM.png I prefer the "classic" double spokes as well. The slipstreams do look way too thick/bukly in the outer rim portion, they make the entire wheel look very ordinary and similar to hubcaps in IMO. They designed them this way to make them more efficient I'm assuming--the tiny gains in efficiency aren't worth the less appealing appearance...

    @ArtInCT May I see your powder coated rims? I'm considering doing this as well, thought it might go well with my black Model S.
     
  12. Evee

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    if you are trying to max out your range those slipstreams are better, you can also paint a portion of that thick part black to make it appear more like a normal wheel.
     
  13. xlpro

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    I have a set of double spoke mint condition wheels if anyone is interested.
    thanks!
     
  14. rlawson4

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    I drove 30,000 miles on my 85D with the double spoke wheels. I averaged 332 wh/mi. I decided to switch wheels when I got new tires (same tires). In 3000 miles I have averaged 317 wh/mi. I am very pleased and like the look better as well.
     
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  15. EVS Motors

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    You are best off buying a set of more bespoke wheels to make your car more exclusive. Look into Vorsteiner or Vossen wheels.
     
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    #17 ArtInCT, Jul 25, 2016
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    Here is a Pic.... BTW, you can order the center caps from your Tesla SC... they are very reasonably priced. Get the center caps first and have the powder coater try to match them as best as they can. These wheels show your calipers really well (unlike the newer wheels). I have to get winter tires mounted on them along with the TPMS from my OEM silver set which came with the car. 19 inch powder coated.jpg
     
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  18. Model S M.D.

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    @ArtInCT Looks great! Thanks for the tips on the center caps.
     

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