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Tempest Wheels

I know I had a lot of questions about the Tempest wheels prior to delivery of my car and there was no thread dedicated to answering those questions.

Question number #1 Are they ugly?
-Yes, but better with the aero caps removed.

Are the hub caps plastic?
-Yes

Are the hub caps removable?
-Yes

Are the center caps removable so they can be placed in the Alloy wheel underneath?
- No

Do other Tesla center caps fit the Tempest Wheels?
- Yes, below is a picture of the Tempest wheels, plastic caps removed and my old split 5 spoke caps installed. I do not know if the Model 3 Cap kit will work, but I would think it would.

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Wow... they definitely look much better with the aero caps removed. Though perhaps that isn’t saying much.

Still very much wish Tesla offered 19” or 20” turbine-style wheels, though. Now THOSE are lookers. :cool:
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Makes me want to keep the 19" cyclones from my current S. Maybe get them powder coated to look new. Or go with the sonic carbons...
 

Destiny1701

22’ M3LR ‘DrkNite’/ 22’ MYP BliueRocket
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These have to be the worst wheel set Model S has seen yet.

2012-2015 5 spoke - looked great!
2015/16 cyclones - best design to date.
2016.5-2020 19” - ok..acceptable..not stunning.
2020.3 + - yikes

Just my opinion but seems like Tesla gives less and less thought to aesthetics on the wheels over the years.
 

Destiny1701

22’ M3LR ‘DrkNite’/ 22’ MYP BliueRocket
Nov 28, 2015
1,852
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Canada
Here’s all 4 19” rims since 2012 to present.
I’d have to say the 2014-2016 cyclones are my favorite.

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a picture of the Tempest wheels, plastic caps removed and my old split 5 spoke caps installed. I do not know if the Model 3 Cap kit will work, but I would think it would.


@cmarshack, that looks great!

I'm considering doing the same, but I'd like a slightly different look for the center cap: black Tesla "T" on a matte silver background. Basically, the inverse of what's in this set: https://www.amazon.com/OSIRCAT-Tesla-Wheel-Center-Covers/dp/B07TT2K6MT

I can find several variations of blue or red, and a whole bunch of variations on black, silver, or matte silver--but I'm striking out on finding black-on-silver.

I thought I was getting close at EvAnnex (here: Lug Nut Cover Set for Tesla Model S), where I found this pic:
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They sell the lugnut sets at that link, but I can't find the center cap anywhere....

Anyone better at Google than me able to point me in the right direction...? Thanks!
 
@cmarshack, that looks great!

I'm considering doing the same, but I'd like a slightly different look for the center cap: black Tesla "T" on a matte silver background. Basically, the inverse of what's in this set: https://www.amazon.com/OSIRCAT-Tesla-Wheel-Center-Covers/dp/B07TT2K6MT

I can find several variations of blue or red, and a whole bunch of variations on black, silver, or matte silver--but I'm striking out on finding black-on-silver.

They sell the lugnut sets at that link, but I can't find the center cap anywhere....

Anyone better at Google than me able to point me in the right direction...? Thanks!

Search for "aero wheel cap kit for tesla" on Amazon. I got the Kenpenri kit with black and silver center caps (which is oddly no longer available). Looks WAY better than the plastic Tempest wheel covers and there's a huge bonus - no more "crackling" sound when the tires are slowly rotating - I discovered that "feature" of the Tempest covers when I summoned my new MS out of the garage. It sounded like driving over bubblepak.
 
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