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Re: Skinny tire range extender?

Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:35 am

Any idea how bare steel wheels without hubcaps would compare?

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Re: Skinny tire range extender?

Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:39 pm

Has anyone weighed the 16" vs 17" gen 2 wheels with tires?
2019 S Plus (98.06% SOH) & 2019 SV Plus (94.77% SOH) Both Silver
2013 Leaf SV sold 2019 with 11 bars
100 Mile Club Member (Number 87)
Max Miles on 13 Leaf: 120 miles
Max Miles on 19 SV+: 242 Highway miles @ 4.5 miles/kWh

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Re: Skinny tire range extender?

Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:22 pm

alozzy wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:37 pm
Yup, if I had a 3D printer I would try these:

There are ones for both the 16" and 17" stock alloy wheels.

Probably only reduces aero drag a few percentage points at highway speeds, but still interesting.
I saw these also and he reports about 3% increase in efficiency which isn't much and order and wait times are large for the one provider. There is a hub cap manufacturer that sells "moonies" and solid hubcap with no designs of polished steel. These would provide a little big more and are under $100 for a set of 4. The big issue with them is keeping moons on your wheel so some clamps will need to be found or devised

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Re: Skinny tire range extender?

Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:10 pm

I briefly considered switching to steel wheels and 16 aero hub caps.
But the expense would be rather extreme to pickup 3% more range on the highway.
This was back when I had a confirmed source for $70 each steel wheels that fit the leaf, I bought one, waited for it to come in, confirmed that it fit the leaf by installing it then when back to buy 3 more and they were all sold out. So i called the place and asked when i cpuod expect more, told me that was a one time deal and were not getting any more in.
Now that lone steel wheel is my full size TPMS-less spare with a nearly warn out ecopia tire.

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