One of the most popular posts on this blog is the tradeoffs between 19″ and 21″ tires.
I have had my car for three months now, and I have two wheels with curb rash. There are a few reasons I have gotten curb rash:
- The obvious reason that the wheel itself is flush with the tire, leaving no extra rubber jutting out to protect the wheel from the curb.
- The car is so new, I tend to want to not park too close to other vehicles, so I end up scraping the curbs.
- The parking spaces are generally small in the Bay Area, and there are a lot of “compact” parking spaces. I have yet to park the Model S in a compact parking space.
- The Model S is a very wide car. Wider than my Highlander and wider than the mid-sized Mercedes I owned before the Roadster.
Tesla does sell some touch-up paint for the wheels for $20.00. I am in no rush to fix the curb rash as I figure I may scratch the wheels some more.
Regardless, here are some photos of my curb rash.