After getting basically no response from my earlier post saying I wanted to sell my 21" wheels I decided to avoid the hassle, take the $3500 hit and switch my order to 19" wheels. I was told today that my car (sig #802) is in production at the "body in white" stage and therefore the wheel choice can not be changed.
After pushing back, the rep I talked to went back to verify and came back with some clarification. They said that there are some aspects of the entire build process that are specifically tuned to wheel size and that's why they can't just switch sizes at the point in the process where the wheels get put on. He also said that even if I bought the optional second set of wheels they would be unable to swap the 21" wheels for 19" wheels after manufacturing and before delivery because they weren't set up to do whatever kind of alignment needs to happen when you swap wheels.
Living in the mid-Atlantic, I've always just used all-season tires, so have never had to deal with swapping summer/winter wheels before. I just assumed if I could find a place to store the other set I could spend an hour jacking the car up and down swapping them out when I needed to. Now it sounds like I'll have to haul them all to a tire shop and have some sort of laser alignment done when I swap wheels. What a PITA. All the more reason I am not going to consider doing this twice a year. Once and done. If I can't find another Model S owner who has 19s, wants to swap, and lives close enough to me to meet up at a shop where we can both get alignments simultaneously, I guess I'll buy the 19s and stick the 21s somewhere for a couple of years until I sell my Model S to get whatever the latest and greatest is then. And the worst part is it doesn't even look like I'm going to see my car soon enough to even try out the summer tires!
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