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Tires and Wheels again 19 or 21?!

Being in Houston, i would not need to change wheels for summer and winter. One set would cover me year round. As i stated before, my concern with the T Sportsline is that Tesla will not fix any issues that they deem are caused by the wheels. They even said they wouldnt align it, which is why i was leaning towards the Arachnids. Now, i have gotten two reports of mileage. One at 25k and one at 6500 miles. Quite the stark contrast. I wish Tesla would offer the Arachnids in a 19"!

That is really weird to hear... sounds like your service center needs to be "corrected" (sorry - had a flashback to The Shining and couldn't resist).

I put on the black turbine T Sportline wheels within a few weeks of purchasing my Model S, and my local service center has had zero issues or comments about using aftermarket wheels (outside of "Wow, the black rims and the chrome blackout looks great!"). Not only free rotations when I stop by, but also did the standard alignment on my 25k service.
 
View attachment 272479 View attachment 272480 View attachment 272481 Thanks for the post, I had the same dilemma with my black 75....back and forth for days!! My wife would tell friends I’ve been hooked on “tesla porn”...fair

For me, the 19” slipstreams just didn’t jive with the aggressive styling of the model S. But the draw backs of the 21” seemed too numerous; ride, price, tire options. The 20” turbines offered by T sportline is what I finally decided on. They ended up being $1500 less than the 21” upgrade and that included an extra wheel, with the Black Friday deal. I went with the full wheel, tire, tire pressure sensor combo. They came to me quickly and well shipped, all I had to do was put them on...and I couldn’t be happier. Plus, now I have an extra set of slipstreams that I can either sell or hold on to. The look is very similar to the 21” offered by Tesla, and most people cannot tell them apart. I actually used the center cap from the grey slip streams with the tesla logo. The ride is very quiet and smooth, feels the same as the 19s. I can't comment on performance, because I don’t have a good comparison, but the car feels like it’s glued to the road. I did the staggered option because I like the look and my MS is rwd, but that means rotation is an issue...I’m willing to make that sacrifice.

Anyway, hope this helps. I’m currently 400 miles into tesla owenership and loving it!! Congrats on the new ride!

Sweet. I've been meaning to ask those who run all-season 20" tires -- how's the tread life been? I know it widely varies by individual tire you purchase, but I sure hope its averaging a little closer to 50k tread life vs. 10k tread life on the 21" tires. I have often thought about upgrading from my 19" aftermarket rime to 20" aftermarket rims, but have held back on pulling the trigger.
 
That is really weird to hear... sounds like your service center needs to be "corrected" (sorry - had a flashback to The Shining and couldn't resist).

I put on the black turbine T Sportline wheels within a few weeks of purchasing my Model S, and my local service center has had zero issues or comments about using aftermarket wheels (outside of "Wow, the black rims and the chrome blackout looks great!"). Not only free rotations when I stop by, but also did the standard alignment on my 25k service.

Interesting because my Delivery Specialist swore up and down that Tesla would not align the car during the maintenance or fix any issues. I believe i also read that about some other TMC members having the same issue when they really did have an issue.
 

FlatSix911

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Just for comparison purposes, i am looking at a set of Arachnids including tires for about $3000. Most of my driving is in city, so the slightly less range of larger wheels shouldn't be too big of a deal, except for when making road trips. How much less is the range on 21 vs 19?
I had the same struggle. I agonized over it. I had the stock 19” and option for 21” Arachnids. I decided to go with the Arachnids. My wife and passengers couldn’t notice the difference in ride quality and noise, but I did... for the first hour. The road feel and cornering feels much better. The grip is immensely better. It comes down to whether you want comfort and cheaper tires or sporty handling and great looks.
The efficiency change seems to be negligible. I’m guessing the lighter wheels make the difference
. I’m in GA with good roads and no snow (usually) and also have a 75 RWD. While I haven’t tested 0-60, I would expect improvement (at least on average). Traction control kicked in frequently with 19”. It’s rare with 21”. I would not go back.
That is really weird to hear... sounds like your service center needs to be "corrected" (sorry - had a flashback to The Shining and couldn't resist).
The correct answer is the forged Arachnid wheels for improved performance and handling and zero impact on range :cool:
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Another possible option, you can up size to 20" Slipstreams from a MX. It's a nice compromise if you want a larger more aggressive wheel and maintain the OEM appearance and ride quality. Best of all, the wheels are affordable and you have plenty of tires to choose from in 20". IMO the offset of the 20s fit the MS far better than the 19s which leaves huge unappealing gaps. While 21s look stunning, the harsher ride quality and limited/expensive tire selection were key concerns. The 20s seemed like the best compromise.
 

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For anyone that has received the arachnids, two questions

1. Once you redeemed your referral code, how long did it take for the service Center to actually receive the wheels?
2. For those of you who have sold and shipped your wheels, approximately how much was the shipping?

Thanks in advance.
 

Lodo1000

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Nov 19, 2017
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I found a nice deal on a set of Arachnids locally so picked them up. I'm having them powder coated 'Tesla gray' as well. I'm not usually a "wheel" guy and I agree that moving from 19s to square 20s is probably the smart move if you want a more (practical) aggressive look but I figured I would take the plunge with the MS. It's going to look great.
 
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