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For the discerning Tesla performance enthusiast that has a no-compromises mentality, Teslarati is proud to bring you this complete set of (20) Ultra-light Titanium Lug Nuts for the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3.
Machined from 100% Grade 5 Titanium (Ti 6AL-4V), best known for its use in aerospace products due to its lightweight, high-strength and corrosion-resistant properties, this custom lug nut set for your Tesla is machined to perfectly match the factory lug nuts and ensure proper seating for a precision fit.
Well, for one, Tesla's factory lug nuts are made from softer alloys and have an outer shell that can distort and strip, prompting Tesla Model S, X and Model 3 owners to switch to aftermarket lug nuts for their superior strength over the factory lug nuts.
In fact, Teslarati decided to test this Titanium Lug Nut set by Unplugged Performance after experiencing our own set of frustrations when we were unable to do a wheel change due to deformation in the factory lug nuts.
We replaced the factory set with a commonly recommended aftermarket lug nut set by a reputable manufacturer, yet were unsatisfied with the fitment due to the improper seat angle with the factory wheels.
Image below: Popular aftermarket lug nut vs. Tesla factory lug nut vs. Titanium lug nut for Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3
These custom-made titanium lug nuts for the Tesla Model S, Model X, and Model 3 have been hardened under a process by which the titanium is subjected to high heat and discolors as it oxidizes, producing an iridescent color change on the surface of the metal.
It's a very normal occurrence and a unique color property that's commonly seen in titanium racecar components. In fact, it's a highly sought after look that's popular among tuners and manufacturers of high-strength, lightweight aftermarket components within the motorsport community.
For those that prefer a more factory look, Tesla's black/gray-colored lug nut caps for the factory 21mm lug nuts fit perfectly over these. Amazon also sells an aftermarket lug nut cover in black/gray that fits over these Titanium lug nuts.
Titanium is a rare metal on earth and that in it of itself commands a higher raw material cost than other commonly found metals like steel and aluminum.
Aside from that, Titanium comes in various grades that can affect pricing. Teslarati's experience with worn and stripped factory lug nuts and improper seating from other very popular aftermarket lug nuts on the market prompted us to seek out only the best grade for our cars.
These ultra-light Titanium lug nuts are made from high a Grade 6AL – 4V (6-4, Grade 5), an alloy where titanium is bonded with Aluminum and Vanadium to produce even higher strength. The combination yields an even higher cost to fabricate.
Brian from the i1Tesla YouTube channel picked up a set and had a lot to say about these nuts.