litesong
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:01 pm
Delivery Date: 25 Dec 2017

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:53 pm

pmc wrote:
BrockWI wrote:.... the Craigslist photos.....
There ya go! The Leaf bolt pattern(5x114.3mm=5x4.5 inch) is common, & Craigslist will get ya many types of wheels you'll love.... & get cheap, specially if you like different alloys, front to back. I got 2 sweet eighteen inch wheels for my Elantra with good mounted tires for $60. I also have 3 (including the spare) excellent eighteen inch wheels with mounted good tread tires.... $50. I made two deals on 4 good tread tires, each for $20 & found 4 good & FREE tires(inc. two Goodyear Eagles & a Bridgestone).
Yeah, I was hot for a Chevy Bolt. But when I found out that both Nissan Leaf & Hyundai Ioniq had 5x114.3mm bolt patterns..... well, I'll wait till Nissan or Hyundai has 60Kw-hr battery packs. I'll be driving my EV on cheap electricity & my cheap tires & eye-catching 18 inch &/or 17 inch wheels. Can everybody say...... cheap driving.

GerryAZ
Gold Member
Posts: 1823
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:47 pm
Delivery Date: 12 Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:15 am

litesong wrote:
pmc wrote:
BrockWI wrote:.... the Craigslist photos.....
There ya go! The Leaf bolt pattern(5x114.3mm=5x4.5 inch) is common, & Craigslist will get ya many types of wheels you'll love.... & get cheap, specially if you like different alloys, front to back. I got 2 sweet eighteen inch wheels for my Elantra with good mounted tires for $60. I also have 3 (including the spare) excellent eighteen inch wheels with mounted good tread tires.... $50. I made two deals on 4 good tread tires, each for $20 & found 4 good & FREE tires(inc. two Goodyear Eagles & a Bridgestone).
Yeah, I was hot for a Chevy Bolt. But when I found out that both Nissan Leaf & Hyundai Ioniq had 5x114.3mm bolt patterns..... well, I'll wait till Nissan or Hyundai has 60Kw-hr battery packs. I'll be driving my EV on cheap electricity & my cheap tires & eye-catching 18 inch &/or 17 inch wheels. Can everybody say...... cheap driving.


The LEAF has much larger brakes than typical cars with this bolt pattern so you need to be careful about offset and the shape of the inside of the wheel in order to clear the calipers (especially on the front). There are a couple of old threads with lists of what fits for 2011 and 2012--I think they would still apply because I don't think the brakes have changed.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015

specialgreen
Posts: 125
Joined: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:21 pm
Delivery Date: 26 Mar 2017
Location: Minnesota

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:44 am

GerryAZ wrote:The LEAF has much larger brakes than typical cars with this bolt pattern so you need to be careful about offset and the shape of the inside of the wheel in order to clear the calipers (especially on the front). There are a couple of old threads with lists of what fits for 2011 and 2012--I think they would still apply because I don't think the brakes have changed.


Has anyone seen a clearance problem with steel wheels? Alloy, I can understand, because the metal needs to be thick.

I got the S model with steel wheels, and I am using those happily with Michelin X-Ice from TireRack. I’ve only lost traction once: the leaf went about 30 degrees clockwise on an ice patch on Thursday, while driving 30 mph on a straight patch of freeway. I was luckier than the 1126 spin-outs/crashes over 12 hours in Minnesota that day (1.56 accidents per minute).

Steel wheels usually ride smoother than alloy (when the alloy is 1 inch bigger); are cheaper; the tires are cheaper; they leak air less during temperature changes; handle potholes better without damage; are easier to pound-out when they do get dented; are easy to sand and repaint if they rust; and are easier to spoon tires onto/off of. My take is that people want their commuter car to look a little bit like a race-car, so they put low-profile tires on big aluminum wheels, and then suffer for it. (I will grant that light wheels can improve range... but most aluminum wheels aren’t built to be lightweight).

jjeff
Posts: 1700
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:10 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jul 2014
Leaf Number: 422121
Location: MSP MN

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:44 pm

IMO alloy rims have basically all negatives......well other than looks.
I personally prefer steel wheels with wheel covers that make them look like alloy's, the best of both worlds :)
2012 SL purchased used 2/'16
2013 S w/QC purchased new
Juicebox Premium 60a L1/L2 EVSE, Ebusbar 16a L1/L2 EVSE
'12 EVSEupgrade'd 20a L1/L2 EVSE, '13 EVSEupgrade'd adjustable 6-20a L2, 6-13a L1 EVSE
Zencar 13, 20, 30a L1/L2 portable EVSE
GE Durastation 30a

alozzy
Posts: 1118
Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:25 pm
Delivery Date: 18 Jan 2017
Location: Vancouver, BC
Contact: Website

Re: Steel Rims vs. Alloy ... buying used wheels for winter tires

Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:58 pm

Anyone else a little worried about the exposed axel nut when using inexpensive steel wheels? Mine are totally exposed, just like @pmc pics and I'm thinking with all the road salt during winter this could be an issue...

Anyone have a solution for that?
Vancouver, CA owner of a 2013 Ocean Blue SV + QC, purchased 01/2017 in WA
Zencar 12/20/24/30A L1/L2 portable EVSE
1-1/4" Curt #11396 hitch
After market, DIY LED DRLs
LeafSpy Pro + Konnwei KW902 ELM327 BT OBDII dongle
Loving my first BEV :D

Return to “General / Main Owners Forum”