JGR
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:23 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jan 2017
Leaf Number: 420336
Location: Kansas City, KS

Hi, everyone

Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:19 pm

Hi, bought a used 2013 S a few weeks ago. I had set aside about 9K to get a low mileage 2015S but I got such a good deal on the 2013 I couldn't pass it up. It had just over 28,000 mi. when I bought it. I have put about a 1000 on it so far. I like driving it so much I look for excuses to go out for lunch. I took the money I saved and invested it in a new set of 17" Custom Wheels and tires and ran a dedicated 50amp service. I then ordered a 50 amp. OpenEVSE kit and got that up and running. I have the QC and 6 KW charger I only have to charge for 2 hrs. every other workday.
2013 Leaf S - 10/13 BD - 12 Bars - ODO= 30,939 - AH 55.35 - SOH 84% - HX 82.04 - QC 5 - L1/L2 1165

derkraut
Posts: 1495
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:39 pm
Delivery Date: 14 Jun 2011
Leaf Number: 004248
Location: San Diego vicinity

Re: Hi, everyone

Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 pm

Congratulations on a wise decision, IMHO. Welcome to the forum. :P
Derkraut
Color: Cayenne SLE, ETEC trim
reserved: 5/15/2010
Leaf del. 6/14/2011
New Traction battery installed on 7/28/2017: 12 bars @37.4K+mi. 100% charge: DD readings: Bat temp 81.3F, Gids=283, S=94.1, C=66.13, H=99.79 394V :)

JGR
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:23 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jan 2017
Leaf Number: 420336
Location: Kansas City, KS

Re: Hi, everyone

Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:12 pm

derkraut wrote:Congratulations on a wise decision, IMHO. Welcome to the forum. :P

Thanks.
2013 Leaf S - 10/13 BD - 12 Bars - ODO= 30,939 - AH 55.35 - SOH 84% - HX 82.04 - QC 5 - L1/L2 1165

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jhm614
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Joined: Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:48 pm
Delivery Date: 30 Mar 2011
Leaf Number: 000493
Location: Arlington, TX

Re: Hi, everyone

Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:26 pm

Welcome aboard! Post a pic of your wheels when you can!
2011 Brilliant Silver SL - 110,000 gasoline free miles so far.
4BL: 06/29/13 @ 27 months, 43,520 miles, 42.56 Ahr. New 12 bar battery: 09/09/13
4BLx2:12/31/16 @ 69 months, 99,475 miles, 42.99 Ahr.

JGR
Posts: 17
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:23 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jan 2017
Leaf Number: 420336
Location: Kansas City, KS

Re: Hi, everyone

Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:50 am

jhm614 wrote:Welcome aboard! Post a pic of your wheels when you can!


I plan on posting car pics, hopefully today. Here is a pic of the wheels I got on Amazon. They are
Verde 17 x 7. I did not weigh them, but probably about 23 lb. I just thought that the stock S model hubcaps were ugly, and one of them had been curbed and was messed up a little.

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2013 Leaf S - 10/13 BD - 12 Bars - ODO= 30,939 - AH 55.35 - SOH 84% - HX 82.04 - QC 5 - L1/L2 1165

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Marktm
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Posts: 359
Joined: Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:49 am
Delivery Date: 09 Jan 2016
Leaf Number: 022737

Re: Hi, everyone

Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:53 am

I need new tires and considering new custom wheels for my 2012 Leaf. How have they worked for you? Appears that rolling resistance varies quite a bit with tire/wheel combos - don't want to lose range - any comments on that? (from anyone!).

Post some pics.
2012 Leaf SL; 36,000 miles. Battery replaced November 1st, 2016.
Rural cabin with 6750 watts Grid tied PV. Off-grid solar Leaf charging capable (level II).

4CloverLeaf
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:23 pm
Delivery Date: 23 Mar 2017
Location: Colorado

Re: Hi, everyone

Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:48 pm

I have not had a Leaf long but I am surprised that people like the low rolling resistance tires. Tires are the only thing that connects you to the road. They determine how quickly you can stop and how fast you can go around a turn. Pretty important. In my simple mind, low rolling resistance also means low traction. Low traction is the last thing you actually want from a tire. Think of how many crashes happen because "I just could not stop in time" or "I lost control" Sure, at the heart of it they are both the drivers fault, however, better tires may have made the difference. The difference in stopping distance from 65 mph between bad tires and good tires can often surpass 20 feet. I think you will find that 20 ft. is often the difference between a fender bender and a close call. I plan on replacing my brand new tires soon. I know I will lose a little range, but in my mind I will also be safer and have a car more pleasant to drive. I did not buy a Leaf because I need 107 miles everyday. Losing a few miles range for a better connection to the road all the time is fine by me.

Tires really do make a difference and when people ask me how best to modify their cars, I and most other knowledgeable people always recommend starting with better rubber. To be fair, this is coming from a performance driving background and I have very little knowledge about "low rolling resistance" tires. I am sure that they have specific tread patterns to "blah, blah, blah" but I am not sure it is not mostly marketing to be able to sell junk tires for a premium.

I know this is not the popular opinion here. However, where I come from, friends don't let friends buy cheap tires.

RonDawg
Posts: 2712
Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:46 am
Delivery Date: 11 Jan 2013
Leaf Number: 027089
Location: SoCal

Re: Hi, everyone

Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:56 pm

4CloverLeaf wrote:I have not had a Leaf long but I am surprised that people like the low rolling resistance tires.


I don't think "like" is the correct term so much as it's an "evil necessity." Yeah I'd love for my electric car to handle like a Porsche, but when you only have double-digit driving range, even 10 miles off that is a significant difference. More so if your battery has lost a bar or more.

The biggest complaints with the OEM Bridgestone Ecopias are:

1. Uneven tire wear unless you exceed Nissan's recommended tire pressure;
2. Rather rapid tire wear overall
3. Relative fragility (easy to blow out on curbs and potholes)
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL

webeleafowners
Posts: 379
Joined: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:37 pm
Delivery Date: 06 Oct 2015
Location: Okanagan Valley British Columbia

Re: Hi, everyone

Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:11 pm

Welcome to the group. Hope you enjoy your car.

And to the previous poster, what pressures would you suggest for the stock tires. Seems to me max is 44 but I can't remember.
2015 Smart Electric Drive convertible.
2016 Nissan Leaf SV 30KWh
EV only Family...well except for the big diesel motorhome. :shock:

RonDawg
Posts: 2712
Joined: Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:46 am
Delivery Date: 11 Jan 2013
Leaf Number: 027089
Location: SoCal

Re: Hi, everyone

Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:57 pm

webeleafowners wrote:And to the previous poster, what pressures would you suggest for the stock tires. Seems to me max is 44 but I can't remember.


I ran mine at 40 but some here do run at 44. Make sure you don't exceed the stated max pressure on the sidewall, which IIRC is 44 for the OEM Ecopias. Remember though that the higher the pressure, the easier it is to blow out, keeping in mind #3.
Blue Ocean 2012 Leaf SV, lost that 1st bar on 11/21/2015 at 26,435 miles.
Lease returned on 12/23/2015. Final LeafStat figures: 225 Gids, 17.44 kWH, SOC 91.89%, SOH 82.36%, 69.49% HX, 54.57 Ahr, battery temp 61.8 F
Now driving a 2015 VW eGolf SEL

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