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Is anyone else as pissed off/frustrated at having to pay for the reinforced underbody just because I need the 20” wheels?

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No. Every manufacturer packages options. And Rivian, in particular, needs to continue to streamline to increase efficiency and profitability.
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Yes, It's just a cheap tactic for Rivian to make extra money by bundling 20" wheels with underbody cover and calling it "offroad package".
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You could get 22s with good winter tires. I have the stock 20” AT tires and will still be swapping to winter tires.
I also want the better ride quality that the 20s provide.
The 20s should be the base, no extra cost wheels. They're just sensible.
 

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Seems like a great deal to me 20” wheels, under body protection and 20” spare On the R1T for 3850 and includes the inflatable spare on the R1S for 3600.

the 22s are 2500 and the 22 dark are 3500 and those are no spare and no shield.
Agreed. The 20” dark wheels alone were $3500 and did NOT include a spare tire.

The new package is now a bargain at $3850 for the 20" All-Terrain wheels, underbody protection and matching spare tire.
 

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I need the 20” wheels because of bad roads, potholes, frostheaves, and general winter driving. I live in New England and specifically Maine, not Utah. I won’t be crawling slickrock. I don’t need the reinforced underbody to protect the truck from deep snow. There are few to no tire options for 21" wheels and 22" wheels are foolish in New England. It might seem trivial to the Rivian people, but I resent having to pay for reinforced underbody just to get the sensible 20” wheels.
seems like pretty insurance to protect the most expensive component in the truck-- the batteries. It it does it's job once, it's worth it.
 

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seems like pretty insurance to protect the most expensive component in the truck-- the batteries. It it does it's job once, it's worth it.
I see your point. However, one could wear a bullet proof vest all day, everyday, by the same logic. I think the choice depends on location and opperations.
 

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I also want the better ride quality that the 20s provide.
The 20s should be the base, no extra cost wheels. They're just sensible.
The 20's are a forged wheel, unlike the 21's. They're a stronger, more expensive wheel to manufacture than the 21's, which is one of the reasons they're not the base standard and there's an upcharge.
 
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I see your point. However, one could wear a bullet proof vest all day, everyday, by the same logic. I think the choice depends on location and opperations.
underbody protection is slightly more comfortable. I couldn't really say where or what could cause damage when you're not off-road, maybe accidentally backing over something that is higher than your current clearance in the dark. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ who knows? I don't do off roading, but I do drive on pretty nasty forest roads sometimes, so it seemed like a good idea.
 

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Nope. My LE came with the the 20"s
 

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Seems like a silly argument. Lots of manufactures bundle items for packages. Frankly, Rivian should have fewer options to configure at this point.

If you don't like it, just buy a truck with 21inch tires and buy aftermarket wheels like everyone else. does.
 

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I'd rather not pay for heated rear seats or a heated/ventilated passenger seat, but it's part of the package. I have no wife or kids, so those seat are rarely used. Cars/Vehicles are built as a compromise to the most customers. I recognize that, OP should too. If you can find something else that better meets your needs, buy that instead.
 

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I need the 20” wheels because of bad roads, potholes, frostheaves, and general winter driving. I live in New England and specifically Maine, not Utah. I won’t be crawling slickrock. I don’t need the reinforced underbody to protect the truck from deep snow. There are few to no tire options for 21" wheels and 22" wheels are foolish in New England. It might seem trivial to the Rivian people, but I resent having to pay for reinforced underbody just to get the sensible 20” wheels.
It is cheap insurance for those that drive on poor surface roads & frozen snowbanks. Seems like it is as sensible as the 20" wheels for the roads described & worth the piece of mind. The bonus is a quieter cabin & improved marketing when its time to sell.
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/...-is-the-underbody-shield-worth-it-211394.html
 
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i understand why Rivian did this and it makes sense. they probably needed to reduce the number of configuration combinations to streamline production.

im glad they did it even though it does reduce choice. wheels and tires are the easiest aftermarket changes so theres plenty of options after you buy.
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