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Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:54 am
by BrockWI
I have done it, but had a tire shop swap the TPMS and mine were cloned to the existing ones so I didn't need to do anything in Leaf Spy.

Do you mean the physical swap or the Leaf Spy part?

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:48 pm
by LeftieBiker
Both, with the physical TPMS installation being more urgent. (No swap involved.) I need to have that done by Monday night.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:09 pm
by BrockWI
I tried to swap the sensors myself, that was a no go, so I took them to a shop, they charged me $36 to swap all four from a regular stem to the TPMS.

I tried this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maunq29ow2U

and even laid a board on the tire and drove up on it with the Leaf and it wouldn't pop off the rim, I thought I was going to break something and gave up and took them to a shop.

I can't help with the Leaf Spy part since mine were cloned to the existing ones

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:11 pm
by LeftieBiker
The video is hanging up - I'll try again later. Thanks. I don't need to remove tires from my rims.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:10 pm
by roger1818
kennethbokor wrote:
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!
Lets try this again (my original post was accidentally deleted by a mod. about a month ago and he wasn't able to recover it. I haven't had the heart to re-write it).

Hey Kennith. I love your videos.

I disagree with you that a good tire gauge is a replacement for TPMS sensors. They serve different purposes.

TPMS is a safety feature for detecting a decrease in tire pressure while you are driving, prior to it turning into a blowout. Those are nasty things that can turn an otherwise good day into the worst day of your life. Not having TPMS sensors can also effect the way your traction control system behaves. Considering winter is when you need that the most, having a compromised traction control system then seems backwards.

A good tire pressure gauge is good for detecting a gradual decrease in tire pressure due to seasonal changes in temperature (or a very slow leak) for the purpose of keeping tire wear even, and thus prolonging the life of your tires (as John Cadogan says, I'm not the type of person who wakes up in the morning exited that I get to buy new tires today, so I like to make mine last longer by minimizing their wear).

My original post also discussed what size of winter tires is best, but I have since bought them, so I won't bother with that now.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:27 pm
by th3sp3ck
New Leaf Owner - 2018 SL. Currently it has 215/50R17.

I live in MN and want winter tires. Local tire shop is recommending the Bridgestone Blizzak ws90. If I get a 16" it will save me a decent amount of money but will they fit? I can't find a good answer anywhere.... Per the Tire Size and Conversion Calculator on Discount Tire I can go with the 205/55R16 or the 205 60R16 and should I just get the cheapest wheels that fit? Anything else I need to know?

Thanks!

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:18 pm
by goldbrick
Leaf's have large front brake calipers so be sure whatever wheels you buy have clearance for those. I don't know the exact specs for a 2018 but on 2017 the 16" and 17" wheels are interchangeable. I assume the same is true for the 2018 as long as the caliper clearance (and all other wheel specs) are OK.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:19 pm
by jjeff
th3sp3ck wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:27 pm
New Leaf Owner - 2018 SL. Currently it has 215/50R17.

I live in MN and want winter tires. Local tire shop is recommending the Bridgestone Blizzak ws90. If I get a 16" it will save me a decent amount of money but will they fit? I can't find a good answer anywhere.... Per the Tire Size and Conversion Calculator on Discount Tire I can go with the 205/55R16 or the 205 60R16 and should I just get the cheapest wheels that fit? Anything else I need to know?

Thanks!
If your going with dedicated snows I'd suggest the Micheline X-ice 3's, they are supposed to be LRR rated, one of the few snows rated such. I was personally looking into snows but decided on getting winter tires that were still rated for summer. I ended up with the Micheline CrossClimate +. While maybe not quite as good as the X-ice 3's in the winter they are much better than all seasons and you don't have to mess with changing them with the seasons, which isn't all that cheap or you don't have the expense of extra rims and maybe TPMS.
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... oModClar=S
I ended up with 205-55-16's but I'd think you could just get them for your OEM rims.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:41 pm
by Titanium48
I got the Xi3s and I am happy with them. I think there is still a small loss of efficiency with them, but it is hard to say exactly how much because the temperature usually changes significantly at around the same time the tires get changed. There is a massive difference in traction in cold, snowy conditions though. The OEM tires are awful in the snow, even when compared to other all seasons.
I went with 205/60R16, as they are a better match than 205/55R16 to the diameter of the stock 215/50R17. I also prefer the bigger sidewalls when the potholes start to appear in the early spring. Ideally I would like to use 205/60R16 in summer and 195/70R15 in winter, but 15 inch wheels won't fit and it isn't worth changing the 17 inch wheels the car came with.

Re: Winter Tires

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:26 am
by LeftieBiker
I too have no complaints about the x-Ice tires. They are even quiet.