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Re: Winter Tires

Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:36 am

I like the x-ice as well, then the Blizzacks, all three are great winter tires. I used tirerack for my last set as well.
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Re: Winter Tires

Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:36 am

I always try to get an extra set of rims with snow tires on them for my cars. I just got a set for my Avalon last week! I'm going with studded Firestone Winterforce 2's since I wanted studded tires. I haven't tried them out yet.

I look for used OEM rims for the car. First I call the closest junk yards and see what they got. For the Avalon I ended up getting used OEM alloy rims from eBay. I've got a Toyota Techstream ordered for getting the TPMS codes into the ECU so the light won't turn on. Not sure how that's done with Nissan.

I've tried studless Blizzaks and loved them except at that time I didn't put them on dedicated rims and they ended up splitting at the bead. It's best to get dedicated rims. I also tried some Goodyear snow tires without studs that weren't very good.

Always try to get the same diameter. Bigger or smaller not only affects your speedometer and odometer readings, but also changes the torque on the wheels from accelerating and braking. Not a good idea for snow and ice! If you get rims that are and inch smaller then you need a profile that is higher. So 215/55 16's would work in place of 215/50 17's since they have about the same diameter. Never go wider, but a bit narrower is ok. Usually winter tires already have narrower tread than all-seasons with the same sidewall width.

I saw an article in a recent issue (this month's??) of Consumer Reports on snow tires. Sadly, the Winterforce 2's I bought are on the bottom of the list. I think I remember the ICE-X's and Blizzaks being on the top of the list.
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Re: Winter Tires

Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:40 am

We had good luck first with Goodyear UltraGips, then even better luck with General Altimax Arctic studdables, or something like that. Soft compound tires do tend to lose chunks of the sealing surface when swapped repeatedly. Now for the Prius PHEV we're trying Toyo Celsius year-round snow and ice tires, because my housemate only drives a little more than me, and has zero interest in sporty driving. So far they seem ok, but at least on the PIP they don't return to center well after turning. She doesn't mind.
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Re: Winter Tires

Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:14 pm

Sorry to spam multiple topics, but I would like an answer so I can order my snow tires. Do 17" Juke wheels fit the 2018 leaf SL with 17" wheels? They are supposed to fit the earlier Leaf. I can still have the snows mounted on the OEM wheels if they don't, but then there would be no need to order a second set of TPMS sensors. (And I'd have to sell the Juke wheels.)
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Re: Winter Tires

Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:57 pm

Do 17" Juke wheels fit the 2018 leaf SL with 17" wheels? They are supposed to fit the earlier Leaf


You can use a site like this to compare: https://www.willtheyfit.com/
I believe the 2018 LEAF SL wheel is a 17x6.5 +45 and a Juke wheel is 17x7 +35 ... If I put in the same tire size of 215/50/17 on both, it comes out...
> Compared to your existing wheel, this new wheel will have an inner rim which is 3.7mm further away from the suspension strut.

Since it's further away from suspension, you are probably OK, 3.7 mm is not much.

Keep in mind that I just searched this info... you have the actual juke wheel so you should always calculate yourself rather than believing someone on the internet :-)

I can still have the snows mounted on the OEM wheels if they don't , but then there would be no need to order a second set of TPMS sensors. (And I'd have to sell the Juke wheels.


Correct, if you mount them on the OEM wheels, you don't need to buy another TPMS sensor, but then you have to rely on the wheel shop to swap your tires every year.

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Re: Winter Tires

Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:13 pm

I understand that, believe me. When I bought the Juke wheels it was to put summer tires on them for a '13 Leaf. I'm hoping to confirm the fit on the '18 before the tire guy comes to install the snows on them, and I'm not sure how having the wheels in front of me would help with that, as the OEM wheels will still be on the car. I'm too feeble these days to change wheels myself. I'm hoping to get firm confirmation here, but I appreciate your preliminary work. I did try using tire rack to compare, but it looks like there may be several different Juke 17" wheels. I THINK that mine are from a '15 Juke, but I'm not sure if it was FWD or AWD.
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Re: Winter Tires

Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:21 pm

The wheels should have the size imprinted on it somewhere... maybe on the inside of behind the spokes.. If you have that you can put those numbers into the calculator to know for sure.. You're not going crazy with the sizes so as long as it doesn't rub the suspension, it should be fine.

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Re: Winter Tires

Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:17 pm

whowutwutt wrote:The wheels should have the size imprinted on it somewhere... maybe on the inside of behind the spokes.. If you have that you can put those numbers into the calculator to know for sure.. You're not going crazy with the sizes so as long as it doesn't rub the suspension, it should be fine.


Yes, I just want to make sure they will clear the calipers. It won't bother me if the protrude an extra 3.75mm or whatever.
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Re: Winter Tires

Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:30 am

I'm getting Michelin XICE3s in a week from Dealer. With steelies $1100 CAD installed, plus tax. Includes yearly storage of original set. No TPMS. Get a good tire gauge and save money by checking them yourself!
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Re: Winter Tires

Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:31 am

See my reply in the other topic on this.
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