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Unplugged Performance wants you to take your Tesla Model Y off-road

LA-based Tesla modifier unveils new 18-inch beadlock wheels for the Model Y

Published: 02 Oct 2023

Unplugged Performance has developed a new 18-inch beadlock wheel for Tesla’s smallest SUV offering. Quite Y they have done this is another question. Does anyone really want to go off-roading in their blobby little crossover?

Anyway, if you do fancy hitting the rough stuff in your Model Y, the wheels are apparently ‘game-changing’ thanks to their special design that allows for two different tyre mounting methods.

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There are of course the off-road spec beadlocks to allow you to run pressures as low as five psi and increase the contact patch of the tyre, but then there’s also the option of mounting the tyre’s bead inside the wheel rim without the beadlock rim in place. That traditional mounting option means the wheels should keep the Department of Transportation happy when you’re driving on US roads.

The wheels themselves are forged aluminium with chunky spokes and a price tag of $1,123.75 per set. You can have them in a satin black or satin titanium finish, and it very much sounds like this is just a toe in the water of off-road mods for Unplugged.

“We’re proud to unveil our UP-03 Beadlock wheels,” said boss Ben Schaffer. “These wheels represent our full support of uncompromised off-roading and overlanding car culture. With the much-anticipated Cybertruck on the horizon, these wheels are a taste of what's to come.”

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