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Wheels advice please

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Bhavnish, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Bhavnish

    Bhavnish New Member

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    Hi all.

    I have ordered my Model S 90D.

    I have 5 more days to confirm my specification and i have the 21" wheels with air suspension.. I read somewhere that the 19" give a better range.... is this true? and if so how much..

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. xG35

    xG35 Member

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    the calculator is right on the website.
     
  3. Blue_Model_S

    Blue_Model_S Member

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    Yes. You can play with EV Trip Planner for specific situations.

    19" also gives you much longer tire life. 21" has better handling. Why did you pick 21"?
     
  4. Bhavnish

    Bhavnish New Member

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    i have 21" wheels on my Maserati and the 21" dark grey with black car just look awesome

    I think i will stick with the 21" as driving conditions can be very wet here in England

    Thanks
     
  5. FlatSix911

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    Here is the link to the Tesla Range Calculator Model S | Tesla Motors
    I displays about a 2% - 3% loss of range with the 21" wheels and tires.

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  6. CLLACAB

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    We have 19's on our car and had a loaner with 21's. Noticeable difference in the ride. The 21's were much harsher.
     
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    I have staggered 21" silver turbines on my P85+ and they ride just fine. I do have the air suspension though. And I'd sacrifice a bit of ride comfort for the improved look as the 21" fill out the wheel wells much better. The only downside is the 265/35 21 PS2 are $349 each before mount, balance, valve stem and tax and only Michelin and Continental have this tire size. I just hit my right rear tire on a very small curb at slow speed. The tire bore most of the punishment, but the lip of the rim was damaged so I will have it repaired tomorrow through a mobile wheel service.
     

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    At less than 2k miles I had to replace a tire (or in your case tyre). I'm so glad it was only a $300 19" tire and not the 21s. We have pretty good roads here in FL - unlike the UK. I'd strongly suggest you testdrive both of them if you have the time.

    The 19s (1) give better range, (2)will last twice as long (at least) and (3) be half the cost to replace.
     
  9. valkeriefire

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    The only reason to get 21s is aesthetics and if you have a job as an extra the next Fast&Furious movie. For normal driving their increased performance doesn't justify the cost, unless you are really driving aggressively. For aesthetics it is pure opinion and you should get what you enjoy looking at.
     
  10. pulmcc

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    The only benefit from the 21" rims is the look. Yes the performance is apparently better but do you need it on regular roads. Here are the drawbacks.

    1. Rims much more vulnerable to damage from potholes and rim rash
    2. Tires more expensive to replace
    3. Tires need to be replaced much earlier than the 19's
    4. Ride definitely harsher
     
  11. FlatSix911

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    You forgot to mention the biggest drawback ... the significant decrease in range. A 10 - 15% reduction on the Model X with 22" wheels.

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    Have to add one other clarification ... you seem to be confusing "better handling" with "drives better on wet roads." These 2 things are not the same at all. The 21s (theoretically maybe really) increase high speed handling and turning, like on a race track. They will NOT offer better 'handling' in routine traffic, on a wet road. In fact, they're likely to handle worse, based primarily on the stiffer rubber, which grips better when really hot and worse when even slightly cold, and worse yet when wet.

    21s are primarily about looks, 19s are better at either EVERYTHING else, or at almost everything else.
     
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    I tossed all logic, stats, and technical info aside and went for the 21's for one simple reason. I love the look.
    I wonder what the statistics are that I'll feel the same 12 months from now.
     

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