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Tesla model x 20 inch wheels but what tires

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by F_vo, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. F_vo

    F_vo Member

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    hey guys,

    Have the 20 inch wheels with 275/45/20 and 265/45/20 in front.

    Would like a softer ride, so is it possible to put in front 245/50/20 in front and 255/50/20 in the rear?

    i would get a softer ride but maybe the wheels do not look so nice going from 275 to 255 in the back.

    Not only would this five a softer ride, but also (probably) more range.

    on the dutch forum a lot of guys find that changing to 19 inch wheels is not so good looking.

    I did not get an answer concerning the 255/50/20 and 245/50/20 tires.

    Anyone with experience here?

    Thanks alot

    François
     
  2. ninefiveone

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    No personal experience but the math says it comes down to how sensitive you are. 5mm taller sidewall is unlikely to be noticeable. ~1lb lighter tire might be (assuming you stay with OEM tires) if you're extremely attuned to how the car rides and handles.

    If you put in the time to find a much lighter tire (and/or also get a lighter set of wheels) you would definitely feel a difference but that's quite a bit more effort. If you can get 3-5lb lighter per wheel/tire assembly, that's generally when people can tell there's an improvement in ride quality on any car and you'd see a slight improvement in range on a tesla.

    Easiest thing to have a softer ride would be to reduce air pressure in the tires but that will cause range to decrease.
     
  3. F_vo

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    thanks Ninefiveone,

    but it is not easy to find wheels that fit for the car and are extremely light. Carbon wheels are way to expensive.

    François
     
  4. Macgaver

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    There is a few tire options in the model-x owner manual.

    Other source to see what size can fit: Tesla — Model X > Wheels and Tires

    PS: if you go custom, make sure the load certification is high enough for the tires, and wheels
     
  5. F_vo

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    Will do Macgaver, and thanks

    F
     
  6. MarkDFW

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    @F_vo what did you end up going with? I’ve got to replace my 20” contisilents soon but am looking for a longer lasting tire or something less expensive. Any results from your purchase this past summer you can share?
     
  7. mikegre

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    How miles on your tires? I just changed my rear Michelins with 9,600 miles on them.
     
  8. MarkDFW

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    I’m at 11,500. I have 6mm left on all tires except one where it is at 5mm. I’m due in another 2k to 3k miles I’m guessing.
     

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