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Discussion in 'Model S' started by Keith909man, Apr 24, 2018.
I don't think those tires you linked have the proper load rating for a Model S.
Alright, I hate to revive this landmine of a topic, but I have to.
I have Lexani LX-Twenty tires on my S P90D. Disclaimer - I have 22s on my car, so it's 245/30/22 and 295/25/22. I was attracted to not having to pay $1500 for a set of tires that last 15k miles.
But, the Lexani tires only lasted 700 miles.
Bands broke in both the front two tires, and I got a huge bubble on one of the rears. So, they were dead. Interestingly, I did not have any bubble issues with the Pirelli's I had on before, and they have a lower load rating. (92 vs 95)
There's a lot of question on safety with cheap tires made in Thailand and other places, but my big concern is with its ability to handle INSTANT TORQUE. I'm confident the bubble was from a pot hole or something, but I wonder if the bands in the front tires broke due to the torque load from Ludicrous Launches.
With that said, I'm going back to Pirelli's, because this is a huge headache and it's not worth the savings.
QUATRAC PRO Grand Touring All-Season
Size: 245/35R21 96Y XL
Load Range: XLMax. Load= 1,565 lbs
Max psi= 51 psi
Serv. Desc: 96YLoad Index 96= 1,565 lbs (710 kg) per tire
Speed Rating = 186 mph (300 kph)" i
Severe Snow Service Rated
My car has 22s, but the cheap Lexani tires I purchased were 95Y XL rated (40 lbs difference, so meh), one broke a band, the other got a bubble.
Lexani tires are one of the worse tires I have had on any vehicle. Happy wo hear nothing serious happened with them. That could of been catastrophic. Pirelli are great tires. I specifically only run Continental tires. For this very reason. Specifically made for performance electric vehicles. I know I know.... They are a fair bit of money.... bet people need to stop cheaping out on tires. After all thats the only maintenance you really have to do.
Electric vehicle tires | Continental tires
I'm actually considering going 255/30/22 and 285/30/22 on my 9x22 and 10.5x22 Vossens, to get a little more load rating. That's 10mm narrower than I had on the back before, not sure how that'll look, but I'd like to avoid bending rims!
Anyway, if I do that, I'm going with Continentals. I had them on my E39 M5 and loved them.
Running similar setup with 21s
nice, what's your front tire size?
FWIW There are now more options for "performance" all-season tires for the oem staggered 21" Tesla wheels such as Arachnids. I have not tried any of these out but will be swapping later in the winter months. Not so much snow in the high desert of SoCal but temp definitely gets into the lower 20 degrees mark and I dont want the summer tires hardening on me.
I only have experience with one tire out of the group on my previous Audi. The Yokohama Advan Sport A/S+ arent a bad tire. Not sure how they would be on a Tesla but they have the same specs as the stock tires and you are only looking at 1K or so. There is also a Michelin offering in the Pilot Sport All Season 4 and they will run approx 1.5k. May be worth looking into