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Are Tesla rims actually better than aftermarket?

Are Tesla rims actually better than aftermarket?

I am a new model 3 owner looking to buy winter tires. Rather than swapping the tires on the existing rims then having to swap back after winter, I'm thinking about buying new rims and tires together so I can just swap back and forth based on weather. My question is this, is there any reason I should buy Tesla rims rather than just going aftermarket? I can't imagine they affect performance or range that much.

Anyone have experience or knowledge they care to share?

lilbean | 28. lokakuu 2019

One reason is that Tesla will not work on aftermarket wheels.

Syed.Hosain | 28. lokakuu 2019

For snow tires, just get the cheapest wheels you can ... they just have to be strong enough to handle the weight of our cars. Minimum of 18" wheels to make sure that they clear our brakes.

Look at Tire Rack for possibilities.

Syed.Hosain | 28. lokakuu 2019

@lilbean "One reason is that Tesla will not work on aftermarket wheels."

Uh ... what? Did you mean that the car will not work with aftermarket wheels? Or that the Tesla service department will not work on our cars with aftermarket wheels?

If so, why not?

agent-pook | 28. lokakuu 2019

I can't figure out how to post a new thread, so I will post it via a reply.

Does anyone have experience with run flat snow tires on separate rims for wintertime?

lbowroom | 28. lokakuu 2019

I have aftermarket wheels and had no trouble having my car serviced at Tesla. They may not mount tires to them, but I wouldn't take it there for that anyway

wayne | 28. lokakuu 2019

I had bad luck with aftermarket rims on BMW. They bent on potholes. So now I just swap tires on the OEM rims. No problem at all.

lilbean | 28. lokakuu 2019

@Syed.Hosain The service center will not touch aftermarket wheels. My service advisor told me that they won’t service aftermarket wheels or rotate tires if they are not Tesla rims.

dmastro | 28. lokakuu 2019

Why would you pay Tesla to rotate tires when there are so many tire specialists who do it for free?

lilbean | 28. lokakuu 2019

I went to a tire place that I liked a lot and they gave one rim rash. :(

Syed.Hosain | 28. lokakuu 2019

@wayne "I had bad luck with aftermarket rims on BMW. They bent on potholes."

Does happen unfortunately. :(

Yeah, don't skimp on after-market wheels, but you can get decent ones from Tire Rack that are strong enough for our cars for use with snow tires.

Syed.Hosain | 28. lokakuu 2019

@lilbean "@Syed.Hosain The service center will not touch aftermarket wheels. My service advisor told me that they won’t service aftermarket wheels or rotate tires if they are not Tesla rims."

Hmmm ... okay. I am not planning to use after-market wheels, so not an issue for me, but good to be aware of this possibility. However annoying.

FISHEV | 28. lokakuu 2019

"For snow tires, just get the cheapest wheels you can"@Syed.Husain

Why drive with ugly wheels half the year? Never understood why people do that and then drive six months a year on some beater black steel rims.

Why spend $800(?) for nice looking Winter wheels that will sit for 6-8 months? That pays for four years of swapping twice a year.

Had my 18" Tesla wheels powdered coated to same silver finish as the 19's and then have Les Schwab swap the tires summer and winter.

lbowroom | 28. lokakuu 2019

"My service advisor told me that they won’t service aftermarket wheels"

Not really sure what the means exactly. They touched my wheels as they removed them to service my front suspension. Granted, I didn't ask them to balance or rotate them.

Syed.Hosain | 28. lokakuu 2019

@FISHEV ""For snow tires, just get the cheapest wheels you can"@Syed.Husain

Why drive with ugly wheels half the year? Never understood why people do that and then drive six months a year on some beater black steel rims."

Simple reasons. First, wheels are usually covered much more with junk (snow, dirt, etc.) than in summer. I experienced that when I lived in New Hampshire.

Second, the salt and slush and de-ice material (gravel) takes a toll on wheels in the winter. Why bother spending money on expensive wheels that will get beat up a lot more in winter than in summer?

Syed.Hosain | 28. lokakuu 2019

The other issue with swapping tires rather than wheels is that it never happens on schedule. Changing to snow tires should be when you get enough accumulation to make them usable.

Having wheels in the garage makes it easy to just do it when the first snow-storm happens outside ... no need to get to a tire place that may be busy scrambling to do the work for other people too.

lbowroom | 28. lokakuu 2019

"I had bad luck with aftermarket rims on BMW. They bent on potholes"

There are an almost infinite supply of wheels of varying quality and construction available in the aftermarket, from cheap price and quality to stronger and lighter than OEM. To group them simply in two groups of OEM and NOT OEM isn't really helpful.

howard | 28. lokakuu 2019

TireRack 18" wheels, Costco mounted balanced Michelin X-ice, rotate myself.

coleAK | 28. lokakuu 2019

What @lbowroom said.

walnotr | 28. lokakuu 2019

You can also order the 18” Aero wheel winter tire package from Tesla for $2,000. When you consider buying wheels and tires separately it seems like a bargain to me. I suspect they will sell out soon with winter coming.

No snow for me but I did live where I swapped tires every year. A real pain but could never justify Audi OEM prices.

FISHEV | 28. lokakuu 2019

"You can also order the 18” Aero wheel winter tire package from Tesla for $2,000. When you consider buying wheels and tires separately it seems like a bargain to me. "

$600 for nice chrome wheels. $932 for Michelin Pilot Alpin. $200 to mount, balance, TPMS set new tires.$1,700 for better wheels and better tires. 15% premium for the Tesla package.

jordanrichard | 28. lokakuu 2019

“Are Tesla rims better than aftermarket”? By what metric? Rims have no moving parts, meaning it’s one piece.

lbowroom | 28. lokakuu 2019

Not sure what relevance the number of pieces or whether they are moving parts or not matters. Strength, mass, flex, brittleness, etc. can all vary on a monolithic part. As I said wheel quality varies almost infinitely between manufacturers. You can find any combination.

M-A-B-MCMLXXX | 28. lokakuu 2019

@lbowroom

“ Not sure what relevance the number of pieces or whether they are moving parts or not matters. Strength, mass, flex, brittleness, etc. can all vary on a monolithic part.”

Additionally, many wheels are multiple parts. The statement is not only irrelevant, it’s incorrect.

rsingh05 | 28. lokakuu 2019

Adding to what @lilbean said, Tesla service will also not touch the wheels or tires if you have anything but the approved tires on. This includes Michelin A/S3+ tires on factory wheels - they won’t install them or rotate them if you get them installed elsewhere. Not sure why but that’s how it is.

kwm2a1 | 29. lokakuu 2019

One advantage of the Tesla rims is that they are not expensive. I purchased a new 18 inch aero rim for $220. The charge for removing and installing the tire was $46.50. This was done at the Scottsdale, AZ service center.

FISHEV | 29. lokakuu 2019

"First, wheels are usually covered much more with junk (snow, dirt, etc.) than in summer."@Syed.Hosain.

Not if you wash the car.

"the salt and slush and de-ice material (gravel) takes a toll on wheels in the winter."@Syed.Hosain

Not if you wash the car.

"Changing to snow tires should be when you get enough accumulation to make them usable. "@Syed.Hosain

Meh...put them on early December and dont worry about it. Waiting for the panic time of first dusting is not a good idea. The new tech snows like Xice's are great for regular driving and even in Winter with 30 ski trips a year, 90% of driving is on clear roads.

JAD | 29. lokakuu 2019

It really depends on what you are looking for from the rim. If you don't care about looks or range, cheap steel rims are very strong and of course cheap. The handling will be a bit worse, range a bit worse, looks a lot worse.

As lbowroom said, aftermarket rims can be extremely nice. Very lightweight, design options to please everyone, 1, 2 & 3 piece designs to allow for repairs and customization of the rims.

You just need to decide what is important to you, the Tesla rims are a solid all around choice, but if you have specific features that are more important, like cost or performance, there are better options for those specific needs.

jordanrichard | 29. lokakuu 2019

Ibowroom, the relevance is rims are a single piece. Meaning it's not something that is put together to judge the quality of how it was put together. So what metric is being used to discern weather Tesla rims are better or worse than aftermarket. I know the difference between forged, cast and billet. I have never heard of a factory rim up and break, so what would be better than that? What more does one need a rim to do.

coleAK | 29. lokakuu 2019

This is getting out of hand. Most rims you could buy are JWL certified (that symbol that looks like MC stamped in the rim). Yes weight and finish quality varies but I think you would have a hard time finding a wheel here in the us that is not structural sound from a reputable vendor (tire rack, Costco,...). As per the cost discussion. Last fall I got <19 lb enki rims with TPMS from tire rack and Nokian Hakka 9’s locally. I was right at $2k for the best winter tires made and better than OEM rims. I tried to get Tesla to sell me 18” Aeros w/TPMS and no tires (the Perielli’s on their winter set are a joke for real winter climate). They wouldn’t do it last fall. And what’s with all the steel wheel hate? Steelies are awesome for winter. I purchased a set of steel rims for my son’s MB for $150 and that’s for a set of 4.

That said my 0.02 search for a set of used “take off” Aeros for winter wheels and put on whatever Nokians are appropriate for your climate.

peteheckman13 | 13. helmikuu 2020

Picking up a used set of OEM 20" rims from Craigslist for my 2018 Model X and already bought Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V2s (on back order) and some TPMS sensors from Amazon. Tesla wants $5K for the same setup with Scorpion Tires, my setup will be about $2,200.

I am worried a bit about identifying that the rims are legit OEM and not chinese knock-offs. Anybody know of any tips or markings on the inside of the rim I can look for?

AWDTesla | 13. helmikuu 2020

Sounds lilbean needs to find a new tesla service center.

No issues with aftermarket rims and getting my car serviced. They were the ones to pull off the OE No-Seasons and put them on my aftermarket rims so I could mount winters to the OE wheels

bjrosen | 13. helmikuu 2020

For my Volt I bought wheels and tires from Costco. The wheels had to be ordered from Costco.com, they don't have them in the stores. I've used them for three winters and they've been fine. The set of Costco rims cost me about $500, Chevy wanted $500 per rim, don't know what Tesla is asking but I bet it's that much or more. I haven't bothered to put snows on the Tesla because it's all wheel drive and I don't drive during storms, the Volt can't get out of a driveway without snow tires which is why a bought it a set.