6 Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3 (Wheel Fitment Guide Included)

By Zac Ludicrous •  Updated: 08/14/21 •  13 min read

Tesla owners love sprucing up their cars.

And one of the best ways to do that is by getting some nice-looking aftermarket rims.

Whether it is about looks, performance, or something else,

I scrutinized bulks of forum discussions and dozens of YouTube reviews to bring you the most recommended aftermarket rims by the Tesla community.

Before we move further, though, you must know Model 3’s wheel specifications to avoid wasting your money on good-looking wheels… that don’t fit.

How to Pick The Perfect Wheel for Your Tesla Model 3?—A Wheel Fitment Guide

Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3
Source: Tesla Motors Club

To narrow down your options, I compiled a comprehensive wheel fitment guide that helps you understand the wheel specs your car needs.

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

Let’s dig right into it.

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
Caption: 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.

Warning: Though technically possible to deviate 1” from the original OEM wheel diameter (e.g. 19” to 21” diameter wheel for the Performance model)…

To keep things simple, I’d recommend you stick to the exact same wheel size. 

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

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

Changing wheel size drastically will lead you into 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 towards the inside of the vehicle whereas a lower positive offset value towards 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 to +40 mm.

Tire Sizing

Tire sizing is another important factor that comes into play if you are 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 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.

1. Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3 Overall: Tsportline Wheels

Best Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3: Tsportline Wheels
Source: Tsportline

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

Their explicit targeting on 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 issue, just contact their customer support. The customer support representatives are extremely cooperative based on most owner experiences.

However, there’s a catch.

A few-and-far-between cases have been posted of people having problems with the president of the company.

It seems like he isn’t as polite as you’d expect from a guy running a successful business.

Tsportline’s own branding on the rim caps also puts off some Tesla owners.

The good news, though, is that you can replace their cap with a Tesla rim cap with genuine branding.

Replacement starts @7:44

All in all, given a lot of positive Tsportline comments from the 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.

2. Runner-Up Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3: Forgestar Wheels

Runner-up Tesla Model 3 Aftermarket Rims: Forgestar Wheels
Source: 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 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 much more.

But looks aren’t the only feature of a great set of rims.

Let’s talk about durability.

To enable lighter and stronger wheels when compared to cast or fully-forged rims, the company implements a rotary-forged manufacturing process.

This makes their wheels powerful enough to be used on race tracks, though according to some users, Forgestar rims don’t go too well with rough terrains.

You can see a walkthrough of the Forgestar CF5 for the Model 3:

Forgestar CF5 on Tesla Model 3

According to some owners, 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.

To counter this problem, though, the company offers a lifetime structural guarantee. 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.

3. Premium Pick: Avant Garde Wheels

Avant Garde Wheels
Source: 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.

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 for reference:

Skip ahead 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.

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

Notable Mentions

Martian Wheels MW03 »

Source: 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 (70-80mph). 

Skip ahead 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 (20×8.5″ to 18×7.5″ 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 it’s 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
Source: 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 far complaint I’ve heard, though, it’s 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 »

Source: HRE FlowForm

I thought about adding this brand twice 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 black FF01:

Silver Model 3 with black HRE FF01’s.  20×9.5 +35 offset with a 5mm 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

Will aftermarket wheels impact 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 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″ Tsportline 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), so long as you stick to the same wheel size and tires, a ± 4-6% in range would be the maximum I’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 to having a small, neutral, or (possibly) positive impact on range with your newer, fancier wheels.

Can you put any wheels on the Tesla Model 3?

Technically, you can put any wheels on a Tesla Model 3. However, the wheels you select must match the fitment requirements included at the start of this article. Namely, bolt pattern, offset, and wheel size.

Once you read our fitment guide, you’ll understand what wheel perfectly fits your Tesla Model 3.

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 2-4 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 & tire center Quick Lane Orangeville.

Aftermarket Rims for Tesla Model 3: Our Final Choice

Based on Model 3 owners’ experiences and community discussions, Tsportline is the sought-after aftermarket rims in the market.

They check all the boxes one may have for your aftermarket rims: great-looking, reasonably-priced wheels designed for Teslas and sold by a trustworthy company.

Order online (or visit their California center), install your favorite design, and stand in awe every time you walk into your car, knowing it’s different from the pack.

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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