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Tempest Wheels

cmarshack

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Oct 25, 2015
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San Clemente, CA
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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cmarshack

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Oct 25, 2015
355
220
San Clemente, CA
Can you share a shot with them on from each side?

when you took delivery did they mention how much more efficient they are compared to the slipstreams?

The first shot is from the driver's side the second is passenger side.

No, they are not directional.

No mention from sales delivery about the efficiency.
 

Navsarin

S100D Red Rocket
Nov 28, 2015
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Canada
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.
 

ekendahl

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Feb 12, 2020
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Somerville, MA
Yes, it's clear that this is a cost cutting measure for Tesla. If they offered a noticeable range increase then I would still want them but Tesla has been quiet about that so far.
 

Darmie

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Jan 13, 2016
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Clear Lake TX.
Maybe that second picture is distorted a bit, but I think it makes the car look more bubbly. It just doesn't have that sleek look that a Model S should have.
 

Navsarin

S100D Red Rocket
Nov 28, 2015
945
673
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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Jughead135

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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!
 

Azathoth

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Aug 25, 2016
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So. California
@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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