Deolloz
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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:47 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:If the tires are inflated to the suggested 36psi, raise them to 40-42. That will give you another mile or so of free range, as well as better tire life. I'm not sure where you are, but in most locales you'd also benefit from adding a heater Off/On switch to the climate control, as your car runs the energy-wasting water heater whenever the climate control is on and the temperate outside isn't hot. This will add another few miles when the heater isn't needed.



Leftie Biker, so it's safe to inflate the tires up to 40-42? I believe my tires on the car are "run flats," I was told there "wasn't spare tire" in the vehicle. Is that true?

I don't know where/how to install a heater on/off switch? Is that a modification that has to get added to the car by a mechanic or the dealer?

Thank YOu.

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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:50 pm

bitmanEV wrote:for the heater mod have a look here; http://betterev.tabetalt.no

and just enjoy your 'new' Leaf :)



To be specific, are you referencing this product: http://betterev.tabetalt.no/Produkt/nis ... er-kit-v2# ??

Thanks.

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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:54 pm

Reddy wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:
About Range/Capacity:
W/ 9 bars of capacity left, I believe I'm able to go only about ~50 miles of range on a full charge, is that correct? I know of course lots of variables must be accounted for. But on my first two full days of using it, after about 50 miles, i was running on the "---" and VLB warnings to get home.


I'll take this one. Your actual range will depend both on the factors of which you are aware, and on whether it's a "solid" nine bars or if it's about to drop to 8 bars. You may want to call it a 40 mile range, with a 10 mile emergency reserve.
Welcome and congratulations! This is roughly correct, but watch out for winter where the range can be anywhere from 20-50 mi depending on temps, speeds, snow, wind, rain, etc. I've been driving mine nearly 7 yrs and have the same mileage & bars, so you've got an "average" 2011 Leaf. BTW, go to your profile and input your approx. location so we can continue to give you better advice.



Thank You Reddy, yes needless to say I'm STOKED with this vehicle and it's possibilities. I have gone to my profile and updated my location and some basic info about me. I live in Central Texas, which basically has 2 seasons: 9 months of summer and 3 months of everything else. Lucky, my typically commutes are relatively flat. Thank you for the perspective about my vehicles age/range/mileage. I guess it is an "average" Leaf but none of these are average!!! ;]

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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:21 pm

Deolloz wrote:
bitmanEV wrote:for the heater mod have a look here; http://betterev.tabetalt.no

and just enjoy your 'new' Leaf :)



To be specific, are you referencing this product: http://betterev.tabetalt.no/Produkt/nis ... er-kit-v2# ??

Thanks.


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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:59 am

Deolloz wrote:I live in Central Texas, which basically has 2 seasons: 9 months of summer and 3 months of everything else.
I lived near Denton for a few years and I used to say we had 4 seasons: Dec, Jan, Feb, and summer.;)
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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:47 am

GerryAZ wrote:I second what Stanton said and will add some additional information:
1. The map on my 2015 has very little updated information compared to my 2011, but is still quite useable so I recommend to save your money and stay with the original maps.
2. The 3G modem upgrade is useful for charging station updates on the map as well as remote climate control. Although the upgrade was free on my 2015, I would have paid for it if I still had the 2011.
3. The traffic information is a subscription through Sirrius/XM. I like it so I kept the subscription after the free trial ended on each car.
4. The heater cut off switch is a necessary modification because the heating elements in the little hot water tank are activated whenever the HVAC is on if ambient temperature is lower than 60 F or the set point, if higher (even just for ventilation). I actually ran the 2011 dead on my way home once when I had ventilation on (without heat) and the temperature was low enough to activate the 5 kW heating elements. I did not notice the extra power draw until it was too late and ran the car dead about 1/2 mile from home. I then made a temporary modification by putting a resistor in place of the liquid temperature sensor. I would have purchased the plug-and-play kit from Tor as a permanent fix if the car had not been totaled.




Thank You for this information GerryAZ! It is all very helpful. I would like to know, do I have to have the 3g modem upgrade in order to get the Sirius traffic subscription, or can I have that without having 3g? Thanks for the tip(s) about the maps -- at this point in time, I'll probably stick with using my cell phone for most navigational purposes. What effect, if any, does charging a cell phone have on range? With a limited range in the ~40 mile area, I'm hesitant to do even little things like charge my cell phone while driving!

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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:00 am

Reddy wrote:
Deolloz wrote:I live in Central Texas, which basically has 2 seasons: 9 months of summer and 3 months of everything else.
I lived near Denton for a few years and I used to say we had 4 seasons: Dec, Jan, Feb, and summer.;)



HAHA, yeah that's basically what I was trying to say!

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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:45 am

Deolloz wrote:Leftie Biker, so it's safe to inflate the tires up to 40-42? I believe my tires on the car are "run flats," I was told there "wasn't spare tire" in the vehicle. Is that true?

I don't know where/how to install a heater on/off switch? Is that a modification that has to get added to the car by a mechanic or the dealer?

Thank YOu.

They aren't run flats unless someone has changed them to be so, which is highly unlikely as most run flats are low profile and would have needed new rims. They also would have badly affected range of the car. You don't have a spare because Nissan decided that it wasn't necessary. Some people have found compatible temporary spares at junk yards to carry around, but I always figured that having AAA was good enough. If I lived in a rural area, I might feel differently.

The maximum inflation pressure for the tire should be stamped on the sidewall of the tire.
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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:25 pm

Deolloz wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:If the tires are inflated to the suggested 36psi, raise them to 40-42. That will give you another mile or so of free range, as well as better tire life.


Leftie Biker, so it's safe to inflate the tires up to 40-42?


As long as you don't exceed the "Max Pressure" figure molded into the tire's sidewall, you're good. The 40-42 quoted by LeftieBiker is well within that (I know the "Ecopia Plus" max pressure is 51 psi, don't remember the figure for the Nissan OEM Ecopias). Some folks here have said they run it even higher than that figure, but I do not recommend that.

Many/most of us here believe that Nissan's recommended 36 psi is too low, and I am one of them. Sticking with Nissan's recommended pressure seems to cause the tread edges to wear out faster than the middle, a classic sign of underinflation. I have a 2015 VW eGolf that weighs about the same, and uses the same 2015/55/16 tire size that your Leaf uses, and VW recommends the "Ecopia Plus" tires that came with the car to be inflated to 41 psi. The tires wore evenly for the nearly 21k miles I've had this car, so VW's recommendation seems to be correct.

The downside of greater-than-recommended tire inflation is a harsher ride, and if you do overinflate too much, you will get accelerated wear down the middle of the tread.

Note these figures are for the Bridgestone Ecopia (the OEM fitment) or the Ecopia "Plus" which is what seems to be available as a retail replacement today. If your car was fitted with something else, you will need to play with the pressures until you get an acceptable balance of ride and even wear.
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Re: Just bought a 2011 Leaf and loving it!

Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:20 pm

I THINK that the max pressure for the OEM down-rated Ecopias (aka "Ecrapias") is 44 or 46psi. 40-42 provides better range, better steering, and a not very harsh ride.
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