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Telsa is being offered with a 19 inch rim with all season tires, or a 21 inch rim with performance tires. I live in Seattle, and we have a lot of rain, and in the winter some snow.

I like the way the 21's look, but I would like to hear from those out there that have thoughts and experience with these two types of tires. Don't want to crash my car, or be one of "those guys", stuck in 1/8th inch of snow.

I'm looking at the pilot sport ps2 online and judging from the pics it does not look like we can rotate them at all given the tread is different on outside vs indside and we have different sizes on front than back.

Michael,

If the tire does not have directional arrows (and from the pictures, it doesn't appear to), you can rotate them from side to side, because the outside is the outside whether it's on the right or left side of the car.

If the wear problem is that the inside shoulder of the tire is wearing faster than the outside, then during the rainy season have the tires mounted with the side that is normally inside out. This actually gives better rain performance. (and get the alignment fixed). Note that I'm not a fan of mounting and demounting tires because every time you do you risk damage to the bead area (and mostly I can't stand to watch people work on tires), but in the case of this kind of wear the additional life is worth the risk.

The point of rotating tires is so that all four tires will wear out at the same time. If the tires are different front to rear, as on the Roadster, there is little point in rotating them unless a wear problem that can be solved by sided to side rotation crops up. However, it's better to keep an eye on the tires and get the car aligned before the wear on the tires becomes bad enough that rotation is required.

Pilot Sport PS2s are great in the rain. You'll be fine with them (and probably the OE Continentals) if you drive in the rain and it doesn't get too cold.

Thanks.for clarifying Jerry!

Hi there, Imight have found a possible solution if you want to have better grip and stay on the road in the wintertime.
For me it is essential to have real wintertires due to the fact that I live in Sweden an at my homelocation we'v got aprox. 40inches of snow every year and a lot of rain.
So i have been studding the internet and found turbin-looking rims at 19" and along with the tire Nokia Haaka 7, i feeling much better about driving during the wintertime.
As i have been reading at this forum, i saw that some of you have the same thoughts that i have got.
What i found was turbin-looking rims at 19" sutable for MB or BMW, depending on the distans between bolt's and ET-value.
The Nokia tire is only available in 19" and in special cases, up to 20", but not for 21".

Homepage adress for the turbine-looking rims is:

http://www.billigalu.se/losa-falgar.asp?alucarbrand=MERCEDES-BENZ&alucar...

Is there any one who is sertain about the boltsdistans, number of bolts and the ET-value?

You can google the name of the rim:

19" RIAL RIAL LUGANO SILVER

Fälgspecifikationer = rimspecifications

Bredd: 8,5" = width
ET:45 = impressiondepth

Hålavstånd: 5x112mm = 5 bolts and distance 112mm

Those are nice looking turbine style rims. I even like the non-silver ones.

So do I.
By the way, just realized the word wasn't -looking.
It was -style....
Thanks!

Softie s- are the prices for those rims for 1 rim or a set? If for one they are very reasonably priced compared to what Tesla is charging for turbine wheels. I assume the exchange rate is approx 6 Kroner to the dollar?

The price is for 1 rim each. You can order how many you'd like, ex 1 or 4 or 8. The price differs from day to day on the site due to the exchange value of the Euro towards Swedish kroner. At the moment the exchange rate (FOREX) is almost 7 Kroner to the dollar (6,94).
Notice that they ad administration fee (1 rim-99 kroner, 4-rims total 180 kroner). I dont knew if they can deliver to the US but you can ask them.

You can also notice that the silver one's are spec. winter treated - they won´t get uggly beacause of salty roads.

@Sofie: It's perfectly acceptable to use the word 'looking' as you did (at least in the US...)

New website from the factory who make the one's I wrote about earlier:

http://rial.de/_rial/index.php/en/lugano

The prices from the Swedish site are including Swedish tax of 25%! If you importing them you souldn't pay the swedish tax.

My S is eating tires, especially in the rear. I've found a means where if I commit to buying at least 24 tires (6 cars' worth) I can get us each 4 original equipment 19" 245/45R19 Goodyear Eagle RS-A2 (rated UTQG: 440 A A) for a total of $650 ALL IN (tires, taxes and shipping to an installer of your choice).

If you have an interest, email me at ben@cakoplans.com. Please don't beat me up--I am NOT a tire salesman--just a Tesla S owner who is interested in a deal if it doesn't take too much effort. If I can't get enough interested parties no worries. I'm just trying to help myself and at least five others save some bucks.


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