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View Poll Results: Since Tesla Model S does not come with a spare tire, how likely are you to order a separate wheel mo
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Havre de Grace
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Havre de Grace
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Default Model S Spare tire Considerations & Solutions

We just ordered our Tesla Model S and while doing an overview walk-around asked about where the spare tire is, and learned that the Model S doesn't come with one nor does it come with run-flats.

I understand why Tesla and many other automakers are opting not to put spares in their cars (cost and weight savings), but as we all have faced at one time or another - there is no convenient time to get a flat, let alone get a flat and no spare.

So what are our options to consider?
a) if you do buy a spare - where do you put the donut or full-size spare and the jack?
b) the lug nuts are torqued to 130-lbs. About double the normal. You'd better have above average strength or breaker-bar
c) buy a compressor w/goo (Slime) kit. (these come with BMW M series).
d) rely on your mobile phone, Tesla or AAA to come fetch you and turn a 30 minute episode into a several hours.

Personally, I seem to be blessed with getting a flat once every 2 years (while other people I know - not one in 20 years). So, my solution is a combination one. I plan on buying a can of pressurized Slime, and an 12 volt compressor. They both can live in a nice emergency bag with flares, work-gloves, pre-moistened swabs in the bottom trunk or in the 'frunk'. Next, I roadside assistance with AAA (and soon with Tesla), plus I carry a cell phone.
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