I'll ask Tesla, but was wondering if anyone got their choice of tires installed before taking delivery.
Also, does Tesla refund cost of OEM tires if they do this for you?
I asked about something else and they said they can't install anything other than the factory options, so I imagine this is similar. However, most (all) tires have a pro-rated tread wear warranty and any good tire shop should be able to give you most of the money back for barely used tires.
i tried to have them install snow tires before delivery and they would not. You must first take delivery, then they will
I had to take delivery with 21s & then they switched to the Winter wheel 19s. This was interesting since they didn't have the performance 21s when I took delivery (and I still don't have them- no big deal until Spring)
Thanks for the replies. Must you get the mounting/balancing done by Tesla, or can this be done in any competent shop?
When you put replacements, I forgot to add.
I had my snow tires mounted and balanced on aftermarket wheels that I bought from TireRack.com and installed them myself. That should not be a warranty problem. A Tesla Ranger could have installed them for me (they do that), but I don't think they can mount and balance.
Tesla will need to update pressure sensors (15 minutes) if you get the tires mounted elsewhere...
KevinR: how does Tesla update the sensors? Is it a mechanical process?
Docdac: it's great that you are able to install the tires by yourself, but I am not sure I will be able to do that. Sounds like any good shop can do the job, but the TPS sensors need work after.
RedShift: I observed them walk around the vehicle with a handheld sensor that apparently updates the car as to the tire sensors. Looked like something a ranger could eventually do if your located far away from a service center.
Get a very strong air mattress under the car, inflate, and Bob's your uncle! <8-}
So it's a software update. OK. I am glad to know Tesla factory is 5 minutes from my home. I hope I can take my car there for any issues. :-)
The 19" OE tires are the *least* expensive ones on tire rack. Continental extreme contacts are about 50 bucks a piece more expensive, but wear better, and weigh 2lbs less. Likely less noisy and better handlers too.
I got my 19 inch rims and Blizzaks from TireRack because Tesla had neither. TireRack mounted and ballanced the tires, told me they tried to get the pressure transducers from Tesla but Tesla refused to sell the TPMS to Tire Rack so I had to take the tires to the Tesla Service center to get the TPMS transducers installed and tires re-balanced.