palmermd
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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:16 pm

Smidge204 wrote:
thankyouOB wrote:since the Nissan folks added those headlights to reduce drag from the mirrors, what makes you think they didnt calculate the wheels' aerodynamics in the choice of stock?

based on what I heard from various Nissan peoples, the headlight design was initiated to reduce NOISE. Since the car is so quiet, the wind noise was a concern and they took steps to mitigate it. Reducing drag was, I think, a bonus rather than the goal.

If they really wanted to focus on reducing drag as a priority, the LEAF would have wheel skirts. :lol:
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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:31 pm

Man, I miss my old Insight's wheel spats. They were so snazzy.

I've got about 28k miles on my Leaf now, so it's time for new tires. I'm looking into the Kumho LRR tires. I probably won't change the wheels. All the heavy mods I do in my life surround my phone. It's cheaper, at least. :D
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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:44 pm

defiancecp wrote:Sure, pics:
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Hey Defiance
How are those 18x8 wheels in terms of clearing the wheel well?
Wanna get some 18x8's for my Leaf but im worrying about the fit

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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:22 am

They clear fine; they're within the stock external measurements.

Having said that, I wish I'd have upped the diameter and tread width both about an inch or so (you can see why I'd wish that in the pics :) ). There seems to still be quite a bit of clearance in all directions still, so when it comes time to replace the tires I plan to try that.

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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:32 pm

I up-sized to 225 ZR 18 tires and rims off a MazdaSpeed3.

The improvement in handling was phenomenal, however the hit to efficiency was almost as phenomenal as well. On my daily 32 mile one way 70 mph freeway commute, I went from requiring 6 bars to now using 7-8 bars. I feel like the braking and wet handling is much improved but there is a definite cost.

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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:09 am

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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:11 am

i went to mxv4s and 40 psi.
i took a hit in range.
i used to get 25-mile trip on 4 bars--every time; 6 miles/bar.
now i am into a 5th bar every time and sometimes less than 5 miles a bar.
ugly.
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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:21 am

Odd. I went to MXV4s about a year ago at 44 psi and the effect on my range was about 0.1 I went from an average of 4.4 to 4.3. Also, keep in mind that new tires will always have more rolling resistance than used tires, everything else being equal...

thankyouOB wrote:i went to mxv4s and 40 psi.
i took a hot in range.
i used to get 25-mile trip on 4 bars--every time; 6 miles/bar.
now i am into a 5th bar every time and sometimes less than 5 miles a bar.
ugly.
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71,770 miles/12 bars/256 Gids/59.04 AHr/88% SOH/87.92% Hx 3Mar16 at lease return.

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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:39 am

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Re: range impact of wheels/tires

Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:42 am

TomT wrote:Odd. I went to MXV4s about a year ago at 44 psi and the effect on my range was about 0.1 I went from an average of 4.4 to 4.3. Also, keep in mind that new tires will always have more rolling resistance than used tires, everything else being equal...

thankyouOB wrote:i went to mxv4s and 40 psi.
i took a hot in range.
i used to get 25-mile trip on 4 bars--every time; 6 miles/bar.
now i am into a 5th bar every time and sometimes less than 5 miles a bar.
ugly.


i will try to boost psi to 42. i think that is the maximum on the tire stamping.
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