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 Post subject: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:42 pm 
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Anybody replaced the OEM wheels on their RAV4 EV?
I'm intrested what is the impact on the maximum milage from case to case using different wheels and tires.
I used Giovanna Mecca 20x10 wheels +40mm offset with 255/45ZR20 tires.
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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:34 am 
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you are going to get 10 to 15% range drop.

Front: 235/45-20
Rear: 275/40-20

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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:44 am 
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Is the traction better on either of your aftermarket tires? Are you really seeing a real-world loss of 10-15 miles per standard charge because of them?


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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:04 pm 
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I think it's more the fact of losing range because of going wider more than anything.


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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:13 pm 
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I'm willing to lose 5-10 miles of range if different tires noticeably improve the traction. But I can't seem to get an answer to that simple question, whether the aftermarket tires noted in this thread or others improve the Rav4 EV's traction.


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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:31 pm 
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Blastphemy wrote:
Is the traction better on either of your aftermarket tires? Are you really seeing a real-world loss of 10-15 miles per standard charge because of them?


Any improvements???

I notice some slipping when I go over train tracks or potholes on the road ... but I wonder if this is cause by poor tires or just the suspension system??? Any ideas??? I'm worried about the rainy weather we'll be getting in the next 4-5 months.

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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:44 pm 
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Does anyone know of any lighter rims that look decent? Not carbon fiber or anything, just something that is a few pounds cheaper per wheel. Same diameter and even something off another model/year Toyota would be great.

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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
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Dark had some nice ones at the last SoCal meetup. Larger I think.

I also saw the stock sized ones that AmpedToy put on his car. Five lbs lighter he says

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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
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Blastphemy wrote:
Is the traction better on either of your aftermarket tires? Are you really seeing a real-world loss of 10-15 miles per standard charge because of them?


I feel the car gripping the road better with the wider tires but my range decreased significantly (20%) and this is probably also due to my agressive driving. On the extended charge I'm getting an estimated 82 miles per charge and my efficiency is an average 2.3 miles/kWh.

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 Post subject: Re: aftermarket wheelson the RAV4 EV
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reeler wrote:
Does anyone know of any lighter rims that look decent? Not carbon fiber or anything, just something that is a few pounds cheaper per wheel. Same diameter and even something off another model/year Toyota would be great.

The rims I got are light weight but you should also consider the weight of the tire as well.
Here is the manufacturers photo for the Giovanna Mecca 20x10 +40mm:
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I got the 10" Wide rims because I like the wider look but you can get a narrower setup to save weight all togheter.

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