6 Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3 [2023]

By Zac Ludicrous •  Updated: 08/14/21 •  14 min read

Yep, finding the perfect Tesla Model 3 aftermarket wheels for your car can be overwhelming.

There are just so many factors to consider! Quality, looks, fitment, and so on… You wouldn’t want to waste your hard-earned money on a set of good-looking rims that don’t fit, right?

To save you from all the hassle, I did this research and compiled the six best aftermarket wheels for Tesla Model 3. I chose each one after carefully analyzing its reviews from the Tesla community (you’ll find actual quotes in the reviews.)

I’ve also included a wheel fitment guide to ensure you get the perfect fit wheels for your electric car.

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We’ll start with the wheel fitment guide to get your basics right first. Let’s get started!

Tesla Model 3 Comprehensive Wheel Fitment Guide

Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3
Credit to GetYourWheels

Simply put, this comprehensive Tesla Model 3 wheel fitment guide will help you understand the wheel specs your car needs.

As a benchmark for our fitment guide, we’ll be taking specs out of the Model 3’s stock wheels.

Bolt Pattern

Bolt pattern is the first factor to consider.

It relates to how many bolts one wheel needs (along with the distance between the holes most farther apart). 

Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3 - Bolt Pattern
Credito to TireBuyer

The bolt pattern for Tesla Model 3 is 5 x 114.3 mm or 5 x 4.5 in.

Make sure your aftermarket wheels have this exact same bolt pattern. Any significant difference will result in an unavoidable fitment issue.

Wheel Size

Depending on the trim you have, the appropriate wheel size for Tesla Model 3 is between 18″ to 20″ in diameter.

The OEM’s wheel width is 8.5″, though you can safely go anywhere between 7.5″ and 10″ for your aftermarket rims.

Warning: Though technically possible to deviate 1” from the original OEM wheel diameter (e.g., 19” to 21” diameter wheel for the Performance model), I’d strongly encourage you to stick to the exact same wheel size.

I’ve heard a few horror stories of endless rattling issues from smaller (or larger) wheels.

Changing wheel size drastically will lead you to endless research to determine whether things like brake calipers will interfere or not.

Offset

Offset affects the position of the wheel with respect to the fender.

A higher positive offset value brings the wheel toward the inside of the vehicle whereas a lower positive offset value toward the outside of the vehicle.

Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3 - Wheel Offset Performance
A good visual representation of wheel offset. Credit to LeraBlog.

For the Tesla Model 3, the most appropriate offset ranges between +34 mm and +40 mm.

Tire Sizing

Tire sizing is another important factor that comes into play if you’re planning to buy a wheel and tire package.

This article explains the tire’s alphanumeric code and gives you a few snow tire recommendations for your Model 3.

For the purposes of this article, know this: 

  1. Your wheels’ and your tires’ width should be within close range. 
  2. Pick an aspect ratio to maintain the total wheel/tire diameter. The aspect ratio is the two-digit number after the slash. While 18” wheels go well with 235/45 tires, 20” wheels will need a smaller aspect ratio (235/35) to maintain a similar diameter.

If you’re concerned about efficiency, keep in mind that the wider the wheels and/or tires, the more your range may suffer.

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Keep all these points in mind while selecting your aftermarket rims for Tesla Model 3. Otherwise, you’ll run into fitment issues that will frustrate you badly.

Armed with this knowledge, let’s review each of the most recommended wheel options in a bit more detail.

Quick Summary: Our Top Picks for Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3
IMAGEPRODUCT 
T Sportline Wheels
  • Rims specifically designed for Tesla
  • Unique turbine style
  • Cooperative customer support
 
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Forgestar Wheels
  • Fully customizable
  • Awesome looks and designs
  • Lifetime structural guarantee
 
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Avant Garde Wheels
  • Sturdy and can withstand hard hits
  • With aerospace-grade aluminum rims
  • More efficient than others
 
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Martian Wheels MW03
  • Fully forged
  • Lightweight
  • Good designs
 
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Vossen Wheels
  • Well-recognized wheel brand
  • Good for race tracks
  • Has live chat support
 
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HRE FlowForm Wheels
  • Have fancy finishes
  • High-end rims that incorporate the latest technology
  • For overall rough use
 
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Best Aftermarket Wheel for Tesla Model 3

Best Overall: T Sportline Wheels

Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3: T Sportline Wheels
Credit to T Sportline

I am really enjoying the 18″ Tsportline TS5’s with Continental A/S tires I have on my M3P. Car seems to ride a bit better to me, and I am not freaking out every time I come across potholes in the road. There is a bit of a gap, but that will be taken care of in time.

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If you’ve done even 10 minutes of research on wheels for your Tesla, you probably stumbled across TSportline.

Their explicit targeting of Tesla owners means you get a smooth buying experience.

Their rim specifications perfectly match Tesla’s requirements, taking most of the hard work out of the process. No fitment issues whatsoever.

And even if you run into any issues, just contact their customer support. The customer support representatives are extremely cooperative based on most owners’ experiences.

However, there’s a catch.

The rim cap on T Sportline wheels has a branding of the T Sportline company itself, which many Tesla owners don’t like.

The good news though is that you can replace their cap with a Tesla rim cap with genuine branding. You’ll just have to buy them through the Tesla website (or replace them with your old OEM rim caps!).

All in all, given a lot of positive T Sportline comments from Tesla owners themselves and their competitive pricing, most owners won’t have to look elsewhere.

Yes, overall looks may not tickle everyone’s fancy, but if you want peace of mind knowing the wheels are specifically designed for your car, then they’re a great choice.

Pros:

Rims specifically designed for Tesla
Unique turbine style
Cooperative customer support
Online shopping

Cons:

Branded rim caps not many owners like
Mixed experiences with the owner of the company

Here are three of my favorite rim designs, but you’re free to shop around on their website if you don’t like these.

Runner-Up: Forgestar Wheels

Runner-up Tesla Model 3 Aftermarket Rims: Forgestar Wheels
Credit to Forgestar

If you want aggressive-looking wheels that can stand the test of time, Forgestar is where you should be looking.

They powder coat their rims (rather than paint them). This not only improves aesthetics but also makes the coating more resistant to chips and scratches.

They also allow you to customize your rim. There are plenty of color options, including gunmetal, matte black, silver, and more.

But looks aren’t the only judging parameter.

Let’s talk about durability.

To make their wheels lighter and stronger, the company implements a rotary-forged manufacturing process.

This makes their wheels powerful enough to be used on race tracks.

You can see how Forgestar CF5 wheels look on the Tesla Model 3 in the following video:

Forgestar CF5 on Tesla Model 3

While I didn’t find any downside to Forgestar wheels, I did read a few Model 3 owners’ comments that talked about how the wheels can bend after going over potholes at higher speeds.

Though any wheel will suffer from a big pothole at high speeds, this is something to consider — especially if you drive on pothole-heavy roads.

But the company offers a lifetime structural guarantee that shows how much they’re confident in their product. Even if you encounter such problem, you can just claim your warranty.

Feel free to visit their dealer locator page to find shops near you that carry their wheels.

Pros:

✅ Fully customizable
Awesome looks and designs
✅ Lifetime structural guarantee

Cons:

Some customers got their rims bent after hitting potholes at high speeds.
Must order through their dealers. No direct-to-consumer online ordering.

Here are a few of the designs available for their rotary-forged variants.

Premium Pick: Avant Garde Wheels

Avant Garde Wheels
Credit to Avant Garde

If the roads you travel in have tons of potholes, curbs, or bumps, these are probably wheels you’ll want to consider. 

They are sturdy and can withstand hard hits.

With aerospace-grade aluminum, their rims’ strength and durability are out of this world — and that’s on top of their lightweight and sporty looks.

Though not much evidence is out there to prove it, I’d suspect these will be slightly more efficient than others on this list.

Look at this set of AG-M580 on a Tesla Model 3:

Skip to 0:50 for a walkthrough of these wheels.

The company is based in California (a hub for Tesla owners), and it’s also been in the wheel industry for more than 40 years.

It’s no wonder they’re manufacturing wheels the Tesla community is loving — and I’d expect to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

Here’s a short review from a Tesla Model 3 owner:

Avant Garde 19″ M652 wheels, 275/35 Rear, 245/40 front – 19X9.5 ET40, 19X8.5 ET35 is what I have on mine. No rubbing. Looks great, drives very well, but moderate hit to range. (Author remarks: This moderate hit to range can be due to many factors including the tire choice, fitment, etc. This doesn’t mean wheel is at fault here.)

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Pros:

✅ Sturdy wheels, perfect for rough roads
✅ Lightweight
✅ Give a sporty look

Cons:

❌ Might affect the range a little

Take a look at these aftermarket rims for Tesla Model 3 made by the brand:

Notable Mentions

Martian Wheels MW03

Credit to Martian Wheels

After getting many emails and comments asking for these wheels in particular (or wheels that have little to no impact on range), I knew I needed to include these.

I initially decided not to include them on our top picks given their single-wheel design.

As of this writing, the design you see above is the ONLY one they sell.

However, they seem to be the only brand with enough evidence on the web backing up their impact on range.

Such impact is neutral in most cases.

However, when Model 3 owners lower their wheel diameter (e.g., going from 20″ to 19″ or 18″), the impact is efficiency MIGHT be positive and significant.

As an example, Kyle from Out of Spec Motoring experienced a 16% efficiency improvement, going from ~350Wh/mi to 293 Wh/mi at highway speeds (70–80 mph). 

Skip to 10:01 for the final results.

For context, this would translate into an additional 42 miles (211 vs. 252 miles) of range on 74 kWh of usable battery capacity.

But to be fair, he went smaller AND narrower wheels (20″ x 8.5″ to 18″ x 7.5″ wheels).

From my experience, 7.5″ wide wheels are very hard to find. Martian Wheels themselves seem to have stopped producing them — or at least they’re not on their website right now.

You shouldn’t expect a 16% improvement.

Your range should remain very similar though, as long as you stick to the same tires, the same wheel diameter, and the same (or lower) wheel width.

Vossen Wheels

Vossen Wheels
Credit to EVS Motors

Vossen is a well-recognized wheel brand for its unique wheel designs.

Many Model 3 owners use these wheels on race tracks and immediately feel an improvement in both performance and efficiency.

Unlike many websites, theirs looks modern and has a live chat feature on their Contact page so you can ask any questions.

A complaint I’ve heard though is that you can’t place an order on their website. Instead, you have to find a dealership near you.

This makes getting your hands on the wheel you want time-consuming as you have to call dealers one by one.

That said, Vossen customers are very happy after their purchase.

Their wheels are backed by one of the industry’s best structural lifetime warranties for you to purchase with confidence.

They’re among the most popular wheel brands in the Tesla community for a reason — they offer a good balance of quality, style, and price.

Check out their offerings on their website, and if one catches your eye, look for distributors near your area.

HRE FlowForm Wheels

Credit to HRE FlowForm

I thought twice about adding this brand as they are super expensive… 

Many of their forged wheels have fancy finishes (like polished bronze), and the starting price sits between $2,500 to $3,000… each wheel.

If you opt for the more affordable but still strong flow-formed wheels, that starting price drops to $500–$600. 

HRE created this lineup to offer cost-effective solutions to its customers who didn’t want to spend a fortune on wheels.

The company is known for producing high-end rims that incorporate the latest technology and science — and their wheel designs truly stand out.

Here’s an example of a Model 3 owner with a black FF01:

Silver Model 3 with black HRE FF01s. 20 x 9.5 +35 offset with a 5 mm spacer for the rear. Credit to dwrecckk.

While going through Tesla forums, I found many owners using these rims for racing or overall rough use.

They expressed their satisfaction with these rims saying that they hold up extremely well.

If you like HRE’s design language and don’t mind paying for quality, their flow-form lineup is a no-brainer.

Here are a few of their design choices for easy reference:

Frequent Buyer Concerns

Do aftermarket rims affect the Model 3’s range negatively?

Most owners don’t experience a noticeable difference in range when upgrading their wheels, though this will depend on many factors (city/highway mix, driving style, previous wheel/tire setup, etc).

In general, differences in wheel weight and aerodynamic profile will have a small or negligible impact.

Where the biggest impact can occur is in changing the wheel size and/or tires.

As an example, a Model 3 owner reported a 10% decrease in efficiency by going from 18″ aeros to 19″ T Sportline TST wheels.

Another Model 3 owner reported a whopping 20% difference by getting aftermarket wheels along with wider tires, even though he stuck to the same wheel size.

From what I’ve researched (and as a mechanical engineer myself), as long as you stick to the same wheel size and tires, a ± 4%–6% decrease in range would be the maximum you’d expect.

This impact isn’t always negative either.

Users have reported small improvements in efficiency by using lightweight, fully-forged, narrow aftermarket wheels with OEM tires like the Martian Wheels we discussed above.

If you’re concerned about losing too much range, read that last paragraph again.

That’s the recipe for having a small, neutral, or (possibly) positive impact on range with your newer, fancier wheels.

What’s the difference between cast, flow-formed, and forged wheels?

Cast wheels are affordable and more easily available due to their simple manufacturing process: melt metal into a mold. But they’re heavier and more brittle than the other wheel types.

Flow-formed wheels, after being cast, are placed on a spinning machine where steel rollers compress and stretch them to the required specifications. 

That makes flow-formed wheels stronger and lighter than cast wheels while still being reasonably priced to most people. It’s usually the best bang for your buck.

Fully-forged wheels offer the ultimate strength but the modern manufacturing process makes them two to four times more expensive than other wheel types.

Want to geek out on the engineering behind wheel manufacturing? Check out this great explanation by Jim Carson, owner of the auto and tire center Quick Lane Orangeville.

Final Thoughts: Best Tesla Model 3 Aftermarket Wheels

So this was my carefully chosen list of the best Tesla Model 3 aftermarket wheels.

While you can go for any brand you want, I’d lean towards T Sportline wheels considering their overall positive reputation in the Tesla community.

Avant Garde wheels are also a great option, both in terms of looks and performance. While they are expensive, I would not hesitate to spend a little extra since they have a lifetime structural warranty.

At the end of the day, it’s your decision. Just choose the wheels that look good, guarantee performance, and last you a long time.

Zac Ludicrous

Mechanical engineer by profession. TSLA shareholder before the hype. EV enthusiast all day long. Zac enjoys learning about the future of battery technology, autonomy, and EVs. He considers Tesla Model 3 the most important vehicle of the 21st century -- and is in a quest to improve the ownership experience of every Model 3 owner he possibly can.

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