TomT wrote:Why would you want to? Among other things, it is going to mess up the speedometer and odometer calibration unless you go to higher profile tires...
Because it's my car and I want to.
I like light weight wheels, they are more effecient, cheaper and a higher profile tire in the winter which I'll run on those 15s isn't a bad thing. 195 65 15 is pretty close to stock. It's also the prius tire size which is the wife's car so if I sell one I can keep the best tires for the one I keep. I do a 90 mile round trip commute, I have a 120v plug at work but it's not mine and it's not dedicated to charging for my car so I can't always get a whole charge. If this winter is anything like last winter I'll be using the heat a lot. I would like to maximize my winter effeciency as much as possible. I do have a 480v quick charge near my work, it's the oposite way from home, but I really don't want to spend the whole winter having to make a stop off just to get home.
It won't mess up the speedometer or odometer. Most cars send their speedos out of the factory showing a higher speed than you are actually going and then an odometer that calculates an estimate based on the original signal not the speed displayed on the speedo. If you go with a slightly taller tire the speedo becomes more accurate and the ODO less accuratel. That means you put slightly less millage on the car than you drive and have a better idea of your actual road speed.
That's not such a bad thing. Now I just got the leaf and haven't done a test yet but that's been the result of every other car I've tested and most cars others have talked about in other forums.
nader discussing looking into it here:viewtopic.php?f=37&t=3184&start=90#p134127
VorlonZ said that he was running 15" wheels, but later in the thread people said that
they believe the wheels are actually 16":viewtopic.php?p=134768#p134666
I had a heck of a time finding another set of 16" wheels that clear the Leaf's front caliper. The Leaf is a fairly heavy car, and those front brakes are pretty beefy.
Yes those are the best 2 I found when I searched. For the second one they can't be RP01 since they don't come in 5x114.3 in 15inch as far as I can find. If they did then that would be a leading contender for my wheel choice.
Nader actually referenced the wheels I now want to buy but from the sounds of it he never tried them.