You can change the rims on a Tesla after ordering it and picking it up like any other vehicle. However, you’ll need to know your Tesla’s wheel vital statistics — the bolt pattern, wheel diameter, wheel width, etc. — and know its performance requirements (which I’ll go over in a bit).
Changing your Tesla’s rims is a similar process to other vehicles, as follows:
- Find the rims you want and purchase them through a dealership.
- Decide whether you want to have your rims changed by a professional or want to do it yourself.
- Prepare to pay for service fees and new TPMS sensors, in addition to the price of your rims.
All in all, changing the rims on a Tesla can be a daunting process. But it doesn’t need to be.
Changing Rims After Ordering Your Tesla
You can have your rims changed through Tesla or a third party. You can also change them yourself.
There’s no need to go to Tesla for your car’s maintenance; however, dedicated Tesla professionals are more likely to be familiar with your vehicle than a random auto-mechanic who deals with every car brand under the sun.
That said, third-party car mechanics can request access to manuals, and they typically know the basic methods for changing rims and tires on a Tesla.
If you want to take your car to a third party to save money, know that you’re not necessarily taking a risk. Your rims will still be changed without too much trouble — but someone from Tesla will likely do a better job.
Charges for Professional Rim Changes
You can expect to be charged $200 to $500 per wheel to change your rims. That adds up to around $800-$2,000 for all four of your wheels. However, this is only the fee for a mechanic’s services. Expect to pay a lot more when you add the cost of your new rims and TPMS sensors.
Your Tesla’s TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) allows you to check your tire pressure over a Bluetooth connection. These sensors may need replacing to fit with your new rims.
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If you do replace them, you’re looking at an additional fee of around $95 per tire. For four tires, that can add up to anywhere from $380 to $430.
As for your new rims, they aren’t cheap either. New rims can be priced anywhere from $340 to $600 or more. Of course, that’s assuming you get the correct fitment the first time and don’t have to purchase another set of rims.
Tesla purchased a new patent in 2022 which will allow Tesla owners to adjust their tire pressure in real-time from inside their vehicle. The inventor behind this technology is John Furtado, a mechanical design engineer at Tesla as of this writing.
Tesla Wheel Fitments and How To Find Yours
The best Tesla rims for your vehicle depend on your Tesla’s fender offset, and wheels’ sizing, diameter, width, and bolt pattern. While you can find these in your manual, it’s easier to look them up online.
Thankfully, I have the table below to summarize the stock configurations of the three most popular Tesla models.
|Model S19″ Slipstream Wheel||Model 3 18″ Aero Wheel||Model X20″ Slipstream Wheel|
|Size:||19 x 8″ (48 x 20 cm)||18 x 8.5″ (45 x 22 cm)||20 x 9.0/9.5″ (51 x 23/24 cm)|
|Bore:||64.1 mm (2.5 in)||64.1 mm (2.5 in)||64.1 mm (2.5 in)|
|Weight:||29 lbs (13.15 kg)||23 lbs (10.43 kg) with cover|
21.6 lbs (9.8 kg) without
|32 lbs. (9.0″) (14.52 kg) 33.2 lbs. (9.5″) (15.05 kg)|
|Bolt Pattern:||5 x 120||5 x 114.3||5 x 120|
If you don’t have a stock configuration (because you customized your vehicle or purchased a different configuration), check this chart.
Tesla Tire and Date Replacement Calculator
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You can use this online Tesla tire calculator to find how long any Tesla Model tire will last. You can also estimate the number of miles left on your current set and how many days you have until they need to be swapped out for new ones. If that is the case, you can also find the price for any set of Tesla tires by selecting the appropriate tires. Have fun!
Where To Purchase Rims for Your Tesla
You can purchase rims for your Tesla at a nearby dealership or buy them online. Buying them online may mean getting a better price by choosing used rims.
However, you should take care when buying secondhand rims, as they may be too damaged to use. If possible, ask the seller to let you inspect the rims before you complete your purchase.
The first step to purchasing rims for your Tesla is to find a rim you like online. Then, you can search for a nearby dealership that carries them. Once you’ve found one, you can check them out in person and purchase them.
After that, it’s just getting them installed by a third party or installing them yourself.
Did You Know?
One popular brand of Tesla rims is Ohm Wheels. They create high-quality, attractive rims specifically for Tesla products, and their rims are widely available all over the United States. To find a dealership that carries Ohm rims, visit their website.
Changing Your Tesla Rims Yourself
If you want to change your Tesla rims yourself, be aware that Teslas have a tire pressure monitor you’ll need to disconnect when removing the rims, then reconnect once you’re done. If you’re not comfortable with DIY jobs, it’s probably better to take your Tesla to a dealership.
As for how to change your Tesla rims yourself, here’s a Youtube video from Dr. Abuzar Baloach showing the process in detail.
As Dr. Baloach explains, you’ll need to set your Tesla’s suspension mode, so it doesn’t do anything funny while you’re working on it.
You’ll also need to be careful while jacking up your vehicle, as there’s no dedicated area for your jack in the front or rear of the vehicle’s body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Teslas Require Special Tires?
Teslas require more specialized tires than non-EVs. Specifically, they require tires that can handle the added weight of battery packs.
Does Modifying a Tesla Void the Warranty?
Modifying a Tesla can void the warranty. If your modifications damage the vehicle in any way, you cannot use your warranty to cover the repairs.
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