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Winter Tires

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:17 pm
by gabo

I have asked the Nissan dealer in Ottawa for two quotes for winter tires with steel rims.
One with and one without sensors.

They ask for 2,225$ (with sensors) resp. 1,442$ (without) for Michelin X-ICE3 with installation - that is too much.
I looked them up at - and the Michelin X-ICE3 size 205/55R16 with 16" black steel rims are 888$ with installation.

Where do you guys buy the winter tires and what size?
Is it hard to set/reset the sensors if you don't buy them with tires/wheels?



Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:51 am
by BrockWI
I bought Brigstone Blizzacks, but prefer the Michelin's. I bought them through Tire Rack and had them mounted locally, $550 total on the car, no sensors, but now I thought someone said the sensors are on ebay for about $100 for all 4?

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:03 am
by NeilBlanchard
Wider than stock winter tires hurts traction in snow, all else being equal. Stay with stock size or go narrower. If the outside diameter changes from stock, that will affect your odometer and speedometer.

I am partial to Nokian Hakka R2's, and I also think the X-Ice's are a good choice.

Re: Winter Tires - Bump

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:48 pm
by JoeC
2 week old Leaf, first post!

Not sure if I should have started a new thread, so I tacked my questions on here, appreciate you comments

Getting ready for my first winter (getting range anxiety after reading winter driving threads)

I commute in lake effect snow (South West Ontario) so snows are needed

Have 2018 SL with 17 alloy rims, will swap out steelies to keep the salt off them

Will have Nissan quote but likely to go after market

I see some tires sites say to go to a 16 inch steel rim, wouldn’t this change speed and distance?

I wasn’t planning on installing TPM but read somewhere that if not present the system won’t let you turn traction control off – can anyone confirm or deny this

I need to rock the car several days in the winter to get unstuck out of snow drifts so I have to be able to turn off the magic

Any thoughts on weight of alloy vs steel and effect on vehicle?

I also see mentions of a pretty severe range reduction with snows – what could be the cause of this (weight, rolling resistance, fake news)?

So far loving it

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:19 am
by whowutwutt
JoeC, I'm in the same boat, Just got my 2018 LEAF 5 weeks ago and Love it!! Looking for some snow tires to put on it. Tirerack doesn't sell a steel rim/tire combo yet, but I was considering to put on 16" steels rims + snow tires. You can do this without affecting the speedometer as long as you keep the diameter of the wheel the same. The 2018 LEAF S trim has 16" x 6.5" Steel wheels with P205/55R16 , the 17" rims are 17" x 6.5" with P215/50R17

This page explains how to calculate the overall diameter, you want to keep things the same.. ... p?techid=7

So the stock 17s on the LEAF comes out to 25.4" diameter (if i calculated it right), so running a 215/55 R16 combo will keep the diameter at 25.3" very close. Don't know the answer about the TPM sensor ...

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:08 pm
by Naby
Same situation. A week old 2018 Leaf SV and I love it but... it came with run flat tires on mags: 215/50R17. Apparently there are no run flat winter tires in this size... The car has no spare tire and comes with summer tires that don't have a winter equivalent... Seems like an "oups" on Nissan's part.

What do you do? Do you buy run flat in other (compatible) size or do you take your chances and rely on road side assistance in case of a flat in winter?


Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:40 pm
by BrockWI
We have three vehicles so I have always figured I would call some to go get one of the summer tires (in winter) or winter tires (in summer) if we did get a flat since the Leaf is never father than 50 miles from home. If you were venturing further away you could just throw one of the other season tires in the back. Or if you really want someone found a way to mount it under the back and made a thread on it.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:50 pm
by Naby
I actually figured out the tires are not run flat as the sales person at the dealer told me. The lack of spare tire problem is "dealt with" by including a emergency repair kit which is hidden int he trunk. Ha! Who knew?!? :)

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:24 am
by CanuckEVDriver
I'm actually looking for steel rims.

I have an SV (with 17" alloy rims), but I want use the 16" steel rims (with P205/55R16 tires) for the Winter.

My problem is finding a more economical source for the steel rims.

I've gone to websites from Canadian Tire, Kal Tire, OK Tire, Tire Rack, Frisby Tire and Costco. As soon as I plug in a 2018 Nissan Leaf in the search parameters, I get an error that they cannot build a tire and wheel package.

I then went straight to my local Canadian Tire store, and asked for 16" steel rims. The kid behind the counter puts in the make & model into his terminal as says that I'm SOL. He says they have all kinds of steel rims, but none will "fit" my car.

I call my local Nissan Dealership's parts department. He'll be glad to sell me a set, but for a price that I'm not comfortable with. The Nissan parts guy said he's not aware of anything special with the dimensions of their steel rims and they should be readily available in all stores.

Is anyone aware of proper 16" steel rims dimensions that should be acceptable for the Leaf?

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:27 am
by BrockWI
try searching "steel 62607" for the steel wheels. I found them on Amazon and ebay when I was looking, but that changes all the time. I would say you would have better luck finding them in the spring,