Unplugged Performance introduces new wheels that take Tesla off-roading to a new level.
Unplugged Performance specializes in aftermarket parts and upgrades for Teslas, and its latest release—the 18″ UP-03 Beadlock Off-Road Spec Forged Wheels designed for the Tesla Model Y—deviates from the beaten path. Unveiled in Los Angeles, these wheels bring a monumental shift in EV off-road driving, coupling unparalleled off-road performance with a level of versatility that excels not just on trails but also on highways.
The wheel’s unique design allows for dual tire mounting methods, a game-changer for off-road and overlanding aficionados. The full beadlock capability ensures the tire’s bead is mounted externally, locked into position using titanium hardware, thus permitting low tire pressure applications in rugged terrains. This enables the tire pressure to dip as low as 5 psi to maximize traction on loose surfaces by increasing the tire’s contact patch size in challenging scenarios. Conversely, the wheel allows for traditional, DOT-compliant mounting with the tire’s bead placed internally for conventional highway and daily driving, offering drivers the best of both worlds.
This isn’t a one-trick pony; it’s a robust wheel engineered for performance and resilience. Like its standard UP-03 counterpart, the UP-03 Beadlock wheels are crafted from high-strength forged aluminum. They maintain the same I-beam spoke design and barrel knurling to minimize tire slip, ensuring they can stand up to the most challenging off-road endeavors while still providing on-road comfort and range. Not to forget, the wheel is a direct fit for the Tesla Model Y, supporting the use of Tesla factory lug nuts, center caps, and TPMS sensors, all without sacrificing form or function.
As the anticipation builds for Tesla’s Cybertruck, Unplugged Performance’s UP-03 Beadlock wheels serve as a tantalizing preview of what the future may hold for EV off-roading. According to Ben Schaffer, CEO of Unplugged Performance, these wheels are a testament to the company’s dedication to merging design and functionality. “They represent our full support of uncompromised off-roading and overlanding car culture,” he said.
Unplugged Performance has again set a high benchmark in the Tesla aftermarket space. By offering a wheel that genuinely can do it all—endure rugged trails and seamlessly transition for legal highway use—the UP-03 Beadlock Off-Road Spec Forged Wheels have not only pushed the boundaries of what’s possible for EV off-road adventures but also served as a catalyst for the continued evolution of EV performance and versatility. These wheels are now available for purchase, and if you’re a Tesla Model Y owner with a penchant for off-road thrills without wanting to compromise on daily practicality, they’re certainly worth a look.
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