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Would you buy 19 inch turbine wheels?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by richkae, Mar 16, 2012.

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Would you buy 19 inch turbine wheels?

  1. Want 19 inch turbine wheels

    136 vote(s)
    67.7%
  2. Want the exisitng 19 inch wheels

    20 vote(s)
    10.0%
  3. Want the 21 inch turbine wheels

    22 vote(s)
    10.9%
  4. Still waiting to see the 19 inch aero wheels

    23 vote(s)
    11.4%
  1. Dan5

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    I love the turbine wheels, 19's would be my optimal choice with more tread depth. My only concern with the 21's is the fact that they are low profile. Had LP tires before and they don't hold up as well as normal tires with potholes and poor road conditions.
     
  2. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    When I started driving we called 70s "low profile" :tongue:

    245-19/45s are very low profile tires. This is about what a Ferrari 456 used on the front tires. They will be a problem if you drive them on rough roads. 245-21/35s are extreme. Think current Lamborghini or 911 Turbo.
     
  3. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    To clarify what I want in order of preference:
    1) The aero wheels unless they are hideous.
    2) 19 inch turbines
    3) standard 19 inch wheels
     
  4. goyogi

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    They have the 19/21 rims at the Santana Row store and I noticed the 19's are about 7" wide and the 21's are about 7.5" wide.
     
  5. Lloyd

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    That seems narrow for those wheels. Usually 9"
     
  6. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    According to tirerack.com 245 45 R19 tires fit wheels between 7.5 inches and 9 inches in width, so I don't think the 19 inch wheels are less than 7.5 inches in width.
     
  7. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    Didn't Tesla say they were going to be the world's most transparent car company (or something like that?)

    Let's have some specs! Wheel width; bolt pattern; and offset.
     
  8. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    We could let them release the car first.

    ... just a thought.
     
  9. shark2k

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    Sssh, stop talking all smart like :wink:

    -Shark2k
     
  10. Andrew Wolfe

    Andrew Wolfe Roadster 472 - S 440

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    Oh come on... They've already told us what brand and model of tire we're getting. Most car dealers can't even tell you that once the car is on the lot.
    After giving us 500 or so different specs, the 3 more we want shouldn't be a big deal. :rolleyes:
     
  11. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    #31 bonnie, Mar 21, 2012
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    :)
     
  12. Majerus

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    There shouldnt be much break dust... :)
     
  13. SByer

    SByer '08 #383

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    No, but the wheels on my Roadster sure do get dirtier a lot faster than the rest of the car anyways.
     
  14. smorgasbord

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    For me, the area behind the front wheels gets dirtier than the wheels themselves.
     
  15. AustinPowers

    AustinPowers Total Smeghead

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    That was my idea (and hope) as well.
    And didn't Tesla actually use Lorinser RS8's on the Model S Prototype?
     
  16. mnx

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    digging up an older thread.... after all the discussion of 19" vs. 21" rims I'd go for 19" turbines in a heartbeat if Tesla offered them.
     
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    Related, I would like to see 20" turbine wheels that are designed to do a better job of protecting the wheel. The current wheels are set outside the protection of the tire and are very prone to curb damage. A different tire may help.
     
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