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15 inch rims, anyone tried them? they fit, with pics

Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:29 pm

I searched and found some talk about it but no one who's tried them. I'm thinking of getting rota slipstreams or attack in 15in. If anyone has used any 15in set up let me know the specs.

I see tire rack has some listed but not as many 15s as other cars with 5x114.3

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SSR Compe (type C) 15inx7 9.9lbs each

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It's a tight fit.

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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them?

Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:42 pm

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...
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them?

Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:20 pm

I seem to recall issues with caliper clearance but I'm not sure which thread it was in.
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them?

Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:34 am

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.
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them?

Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:21 am

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.


garsh wrote: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.
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them?

Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:35 am

I actually made a jig out of cardboard that mimics the cross section of the front caliper. When shopping for wheels, I insert it into the hub hole & make sure the "caliper" part doesn't hit the spokes (or in your case, the rim). Might be worth creating one yourself.
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them?

Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:59 am

garsh wrote:I actually made a jig out of cardboard that mimics the cross section of the front caliper. When shopping for wheels, I insert it into the hub whole & make sure the "caliper" part doesn't hit the spokes ( or in your case, the rim). Might be worth creating one yourself.



All the deals are online though. Most places don't stock many 15in rims.

I'm not worried about the spokes, that can be usually be solved with spacers if needed.
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them? bought ssr comps

Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:44 pm

I took the plunge and bought a set of 15x7 ssr comps (type c). 10.4lbs. I was going to go for Volk te 37 but they were just too much money.

Some searching found that ssr comps fit on Miata with the sport brakes, factory 16s, that can't use the 15s that most other Miata run. Those rotors are about the same size as the leaf. Tire rack doesn't recommend any 15s on that car but they do on the leaf.
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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them? they fit, with pics

Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:33 pm

SSR Compe (type C) 15inx7 9.9lbs each

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It's a tight fit.

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For my summers I found a very rare set of kei office dd06, I didn't know the weight when I bought them but they are 2 piece welded made by rays engineering. Turns out they are 19.5 lbs, it's an ok weight, based on the construction I think the outer rim will be made of a lighter material and be better for economy than the 19.5lbs would suggest.

I'm in the middle of reconditioning them in bronze, here it is, after sanding curb rash.

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After primer.

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Re: 15 inch rims, anyone tried them? they fit, with pics

Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:47 pm

Those Ssr look clean and you should gain some efficiency with a lighter rim. I gained a little going to the ce28n which are still 16in as I am just running stock tires. On this set up I am averaging 4.2-4.5 m/kw while still driving a decent 65mph.
Compared to when I had some 17x7 Work Equips, the efficiency was bad even with LRR tires I would only get 3.1-3.3.
Ley me know how those rims end up looking. I wouldn't mind running old school Jdm wheels but I think the car would sit low.
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