Turbine wheels from China? (according to Ben from Teslanomics)

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Hi all,

I watched the delivery video that Ben from Teslanomics posted. Great video, but one thing he mentioned quite a bit is how he hated the aero wheels, but didn't care because he was going to switch out very soon anyway. He mentioned that he was going to get some turbine wheels from china. Anyone know which wheels he's talking about? Is he talking about the ones from Tsportline? Are those from china? Thoughts?

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Hi all,

I watched the delivery video that Ben from Teslanomics posted. Great video, but one thing he mentioned quite a bit is how he hated the aero wheels, but didn't care because he was going to switch out very soon anyway. He mentioned that he was going to get some turbine wheels from china. Anyone know which wheels he's talking about? Is he talking about the ones from Tsportline? Are those from china? Thoughts?

Thanks!
I suspect he's referring to an aftermarket replica model, but it's worth nothing that the OEM Tesla wheels are made in China as well.
 

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I suspect he's referring to an aftermarket replica model, but it's worth nothing that the OEM Tesla wheels are made in China as well.
I assumed the same, but I hadn't heard of any aftermarket wheels other than from Tsportline. Wanted to see if anyone else knew otherwise. Hopefully Ben will create a video to let us know, but I'm very curious.
 

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I'm sure that's true, but I'm not aware of any aftermarket model 3 rims yet other than tsportline.
Conservatively I think any 18”/19” wheel with a rim width of 8” to 9”, 5 x 114.3 bolt pattern, offset of 35 to 40mm and a center bore of 64.1 or larger with centering rings would work.

(Edit) The wheel must also meet vehicle load criteria.
 
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Conservatively I think any 18”/19” wheel with a rim width of 8” to 9”, 5 x 114.3 bolt pattern, offset of 35 to 40mm and a center bore of 64.1 or larger with cantering rings would work.
Is that common?
 

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Is that common?
Which one? They are all actually common. You just have to find them all together. ANY wheel shop will search for you. Easier than trying to do it on your own.
For example, TireRack removed the ability to search for wheels by punching in parameters as above. You now can only shop by vehicle type, model, year, variant etc. There are actually good reasons for this. Before you could find a wheel that met all the measurement criteria but that wheel possibly may not meet the load rating required or have the necessary suspension, brake component and body clearance’s required.
Won’t be long before you can enter Model 3 on TireRack and others and have lots of options.
 

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Hi all,

I watched the delivery video that Ben from Teslanomics posted. Great video, but one thing he mentioned quite a bit is how he hated the aero wheels, but didn't care because he was going to switch out very soon anyway. He mentioned that he was going to get some turbine wheels from china. Anyone know which wheels he's talking about? Is he talking about the ones from Tsportline? Are those from china? Thoughts?

Thanks!
He's getting them from here:

https://evwheeldirect.com/products/evt-wheel-tesla-model-3?variant=3761700929566

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Which one? They are all actually common. You just have to find them all together. ANY wheel shop will search for you. Easier than trying to do it on your own.
For example, TireRack removed the ability to search for wheels by punching in parameters as above. You now can only shop by vehicle type, model, year, variant etc. There are actually good reasons for this. Before you could find a wheel that met all the measurement criteria but that wheel possibly may not meet the load rating required or have the necessary suspension, brake component and body clearance’s required.
Won’t be long before you can enter Model 3 on TireRack and others and have lots of options.
Some of us already do ;)
 

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5 x 114.3 is the most popular bolt pattern for modern cars - that may be why Tesla switched over to it for the 3.
http://www.wheelsupport.com/bolt-pattern-list-5-x-114-3/
I swapped one of my ICE cars to 114.3 bolt pattern for this very reason. It opens up a whole world of wheel styles and options. Replacement parts like hubs, studs etc. are also a lot easier to source quickly when needed.
 

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I swapped one of my ICE cars to 114.3 bolt pattern for this very reason. It opens up a whole world of wheel styles and options. Replacement parts like hubs, studs etc. are also a lot easier to source quickly when needed.
I have to say I was shocked that they chose such and old inch-based pattern, being that they're a brand new company with no non-metric legacy patterns to weigh them down. I was sure they'd have gone with 5x115.
However in my experience OEMs NEVER think twice about whether a certain engineering choice is going to aid in the fitment of aftermarket wheels. And in some cases they seem to come up with unusually creative new specs to ensure that you don't stray from their parts department. They really don't have to care about availability/commonality when they're cutting purchase orders for hundreds of thousands at a time. And being that Tesla is king of the closed-loop automotive ecosystem I'd be equally (but very plesantly, were it to be true) surprised to learn if they really did factor in aftermarket availability into the decision tree.
As of now I just think it's a happy accident.
 

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I’m not sure about price and don’t have much experience with replacing wheels, but those grey ones on the MSM look really good.
 

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Sure, $1195 or $1295 per wheel seems reasonable to me...............;)

For half or less than that I would be looking at German BBS or Italian O.Z. However I’m more than happy with the Tesla 25 lb. 19” Sport wheels.
The price is for a set of 4!
 

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Some of us already do ;)
Sorry! I absolutely agree. Plus no USD exchange, brokerage, duty issues as well with you being in Canada. Not to mention lower shipping charges. Really liked your winter wheel choice on You You’s car. They would look great all year around.
 

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The price is for a set of 4!
Funny it doesn’t mention that anywhere I could see. I added it to the cart and it read quantity 1 price $1195.
Could you please link where it’s for a set of 4? Thanks!
 

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Funny it doesn’t mention that anywhere I could see. I added it to the cart and it read quantity 1 price $1195.
Could you please link where it’s for a set of 4? Thanks!
Not to be rude, but all you have to do is touch their name icon at the top of the page and it takes you to the parent site. When you see what they offer there's an individual wheel for $300.