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    > 170 Newton/Meters. My winter wheels were installed using that torque spec. [NJS1207]

    The modelsownersguide.pdf doesn't mention anything about wheels, so you and William13 are providing new info for us without the car. The Roadster Lug bolts take 77 ft lbs so 125 ft lbs for the ModelS is a significant jump. I would hope this is justified by increased diameter of the bolts; if not, then by a higher hardness grade. 135/180 *is* the torque spec for a Dodge 2500 diesel one ton, 8 bolts 14mm dia. S has forged rims which can take the pressure. Anything done by the TM Shop is warranted, work done by us at home not so much, esp if not to published specs. If I manage to fit my 3rd party rims (non-forged) on the S, the torque will be closely watched as the miles accrue(!!). Thanx for the data.
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    125 is correct. I was recently present during some minor Model S maintenance and that is what the Ranger used.

    You gotta see the massive 4 ton jack that Rangers use on the Model S. it's ginormous.
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    The tire pressure is also different from other cars 42 lbs for 21 and 45 lbs for 19.

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    >125 is correct. [Doug_G]

    Got my hands on a ModelS thru the kindness of a Forum Member.

    Tesla gets 125 ft lbs by virtue of using a shouldered lug nut. The rim drilling is precise to allow just enough torque on the taper with the flat shoulder taking the rest. Neat. Also 16mm studs like a one-ton pickup truck. Massive 19in rims unlikely to be found elsewhere in nature. My 17in rims unable to absorb huge calipers on ModelS. Will redrill for use on my Subaru Forester. Rather than try to steal extra S rims from the assembly line and slow down production, better to just swap snows for the all-seasons and see if they survive the winter.

    Jacking feels the same as Roadster since you are jacking the entire side of Roadster. Regular Low-Pro jack & a 6in length of 2x4 is all you need. Ranger might need that big jack for his truck/trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wycolo View Post
    The rim drilling is precise to allow just enough torque
    Okay, terminology time (This has been bugging me for some time):

    A rim is the part of the wheel that holds the tire. In older cars and in some trucks today, the spokes and hub are separate from the rim. When the spokes and hub are permanently attached to the rim, it's no longer a rim but a wheel--even though a wheel still has rim width, rim diameter, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerry33 View Post
    Okay, terminology time (This has been bugging me for some time):

    A rim is the part of the wheel that holds the tire. In older cars and in some trucks today, the spokes and hub are separate from the rim. When the spokes and hub are permanently attached to the rim, it's no longer a rim but a wheel--even though a wheel still has rim width, rim diameter, etc.
    Very true but I'm afraid the slang for wheels has become "rims."

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    Quote Originally Posted by artsci View Post
    Very true but I'm afraid the slang for wheels has become "rims."
    It still bugs the heck out of me
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    > terminology time [jerry 33]

    Add a tire, *then* it becomes a wheel.
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    Has anyone come-up with a "temp spare" that would work for the model "S"?

    A friend has a LEAF EV w/o a spare. He found out that the Nissan Altima 2003 donut spare is compatible and takes it on long trips.

    We will be taking a trip to Tahoe soon and don't want to be stranded in the area at night with a flat/torn tire. I have the rosin plug kit handy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmiser1 View Post
    Has anyone come-up with a "temp spare" that would work for the model "S"?
    For those of us who have winter wheel sets, that's a pretty obvious "spare" you could take along on long trips.
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