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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:35 pm

I think its a great idea. Bit of a far drive from NC to CA though.
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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:08 pm

I would be interested.

Strange that there is room for a spare tire and Nissan opted not to included one? Weight i Guess?
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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:11 pm

I recall seeing in some early literature that the Leaf would come with a spare tire.
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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:18 pm

And cost.

GPowers wrote:Strange that there is room for a spare tire and Nissan opted not to included one? Weight i Guess?
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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:48 pm

Yes, the spare tire was excluded from the North American market. Certainly, weight and cost were the primary factors, but the actual Nissan LEAF spare is available outside the USA/Canada (I've even included the part numbers and prices in this thread).

I don't believe Nissan intended for the spare to go where I'm putting it. More likely is in the bottom of the trunk/boot. Actually, most cars put it there.

In addition, that area is intended for inductive charging.
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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:52 pm

myleaf wrote:I recall seeing in some early literature that the Leaf would come with a spare tire.


It does... just not in North America.

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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:22 am

Thought you might like the naked shot. You can see the cabin pressure outflow valves and bumper crush mounts. Inside the trunk, you can see the top of the charger heat shield.


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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:43 am

With the under-pan fully installed, the LEAF's minimum ground clearance is apparently 6.4 inches.

What is the ground clearance on a flat surface under the rear pan?

The stock tire (and rim), inflated, is about ?? inches wide?

How wide is the Altina tire and rim (probably an inch less wide)?

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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:05 am

garygid wrote:With the under-pan fully installed, the LEAF's minimum ground clearance is apparently 6.4 inches.

What is the ground clearance on a flat surface under the rear pan?

The stock tire (and rim), inflated, is about ?? inches wide?

How wide is the Altina tire and rim (probably an inch less wide)?

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Altima spare wheel / tire is about 26 inches in diameter, on a 16"x4" rim, with a max width (inflated) under 6 inches. My mount assembly is 27 inches in diameter.

The rear of the car, where the tire assembly exits, is far greater than 6.4 inches, but I don't have a measurement. From the top of the spare tire mount assembly to the bottom of the rear axle is about 6 inches (in other words, it's flush, just like the plastic rear pan is).

The stock wheel is 6.5 inches in width, for about 8 inches in overall width (guess here; I didn't measure). Stock wheel / tire diameter is about 25 inches. The stock wheel assembly would hang about 2 inches below the rear axle when mounted. Should there be a clearance issue mounting it, it could simply be overcome by driving the rear two tires on simple 2 x 4 x 5 or 10 inch long wood pieces. Instant more ground clearance.

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Re: Spare Tire Carrier

Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:45 am

Sounds like the narrower Altima wheel is much better suited (sized) to being used as the under-cargo-area LEAF spare.

In countries that have an official LEAF spare, is that spare a substantially smaller "Temporary-use-only" wheel?
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