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Wheel options for Model S. 21" Grey Turbine Wheels?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by DougN, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. DougN

    DougN New Member

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    I am finalizing purchase of my 90D and uncertain of what wheels to by. I really like the look of the 21" Grey Turbine Wheels. My understanding is that there is a slight decrease in range. Any other positives or negatives?

    I will frequently be driving this in the snow so snow handling is very important, more so than looks.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    don't get the 21" wheels. Have you shopped around for proper 21" snow tires? Not a lot to choose from. The 19" wheels (with proper snow tires) make much more sense for bad weather driving, especially for handling potholes.

    If you "like the look", check out the 19" TSportline TST wheels.
     
  3. NOLA_Mike

    NOLA_Mike Grouchy

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    The 21" wheels come from Tesla with summer tires on them (despite what the order page may say) and, IMO, cannot be used in snow and ice. As Hank pointed out, there are 21" snow tires available but the selection is limited.

    I have the Tesla 21" grey wheels because I love the look. I also have a set of 19" wheels with winter tires that I put on before going north anytime between November and March.
     
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    Agree!

    But the folks on the left coast love them..... IMG_0017.JPG
     
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  5. HankLloydRight

    HankLloydRight Fluxing

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    I have the 21" for summer and 19" for winter.
     
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    I have both sets and have done extensive logging comparing both 19" and 21" sets. My wh / mile are actually very slightly better on the 21" wheels. I chalk that up to margin of error but there is certainly no decrease in range. Note, I have the square setup so my rears are 8.5", not 9" like staggered.
     
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    sorka Active Member

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    Indeed :)
    [​IMG]

    I'd have both sets and put winter/snow tires on the 19's and keep the summer only tire on the 21s.
     
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    I bought aftermarket Replika R187 19in grey turbine look rims.

    I've posted pictures, price and driving impressions on my personal welcome forum thread.
     
  9. HankLloydRight

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    I'm pretty sure in the early days of the Model S, Tesla made the same claim. I think they've since backed off on that.
     
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  11. NewJerseyMS

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    I do this too.
     
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  12. markn455

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    21" looks great. The problem is, Noisy, Rough Ride, Terrible Tread Wear, Wheels get bent EASILY, Curb Rash, Replacements Impossible to find in rural areas and smaller communities.

    I just upgraded to the 19" Cyclones and had them painted the same color as my 21" wheels. Much better ride, easy to find tires, less expensive tires, LOT better tread wear, All Season Tires, Need a replacement quick, just about everyone will have a 19" tire in stock. The 19" Cyclone Wheels look just a great as my 21" did. And, lower WH per mile energy used.
     

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