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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:42 pm

My concern with snow tires would be the possible decrease in range, since I am pushing the limits. Around here the roads get plowed and sanded before I head out most of the time. Otherwise I just take my Jeep, which is one of its functions. So far I am finding that the stock tires on the LEAF are handling snow quite well, although I expect that to decrease as the tread wears. I also bought some "Portable Tow Truck" mats for getting up my steep, curved, driveway if I don't have time to shovel it all or it gets icy.

If the range hit is small or non-existent and I can find some rims at a decent price I might go back to using snows. I did that for many years in Boulder when I had only one car. I agree with those who say that extra rims are the only way to go with snow tires.
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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:53 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:My concern with snow tires would be the possible decrease in range, since I am pushing the limits. Around here the roads get plowed and sanded before I head out most of the time. Otherwise I just take my Jeep, which is one of its functions. So far I am finding that the stock tires on the LEAF are handling snow quite well, although I expect that to decrease as the tread wears. I also bought some "Portable Tow Truck" mats for getting up my steep, curved, driveway if I don't have time to shovel it all or it gets icy.

If the range hit is small or non-existent and I can find some rims at a decent price I might go back to using snows. I did that for many years in Boulder when I had only one car. I agree with those who say that extra rims are the only way to go with snow tires.
From what I've observed, the reduction in range is fairly low. I am getting probably getting ~4-5 miles less range (based on GOM at the end of the trip) in a 54 mile trip vs the OEM tires.
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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:08 am

I'm searching local junkyards for a set of cheap wheels to use for winter tires. The OEM S14s aren't quite as popular out here as they are on the west coast, so I've been trying to find others that might work.

It looks like 95-99 Maxima and 00-03 Maxima OEM 16x6.5 wheels will work. From what I can gather elsewhere, they appear to have the same +40mm offset and 66.1mm hub size as the Leaf.

It also looks like the 02-06 Altima 16x6.5 wheels might work. Again, the hub size appears to be 66.1mm, but I haven't been able to confirm the offset yet.

Any other ideas?
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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:14 am

Offset/hub circle should be correct for just about any 5-bolt FWD Nissan that I've seen. However, I think reeler said he had brake caliper clearance issues with some Altima wheels, so make sure you are able to test fit before making a commitment.

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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:47 am

I recall doing a little investigating last year and found that in addition to the 240SX, the OEM wheels from Altimas, Maximas and older Z cars make for acceptable OEM (66.5 mm bore) substitutes for the Leaf. The correct (as long as it is larger) bore dia is not really necessary IMO since this isn't a vehicle that is subjected to the type of loads or speeds that would benefit from it. As long as you're not doing something incorrect while putting them on, being lug-centric should be fine.

They worked out really good for me this past winter that I am considering picking up another set to replace the OEMs. I tossed the OEMs back on last weekend and just in weight alone, the S14 wheels have an obvious advantage. Garsh, you are correct, due to the popularity of the S-chassis on the West Coast there are an abundance of those OEM wheels and +1's and +2's aftermarkets that are available on the used market. I don't know how in demand S14 wheels are on this forum. There was some guy on the Northwest Nissans forum locally selling eight(8) S14 wheels last month for $200 for the bunch. Would it be helpful to post any Nissan 5-lugs for sale locally I will post them on this forum? Maybe on the Seattle Nissan Leaf facebook page?
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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:19 am

Does anyone know for sure if late 90's Maxima rims (16x6.5 5 spoke) have fitment issues on the Leaf with respect to brake calipers?

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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:54 pm

ElectricTiger wrote:Does anyone know for sure if late 90's Maxima rims (16x6.5 5 spoke) have fitment issues on the Leaf with respect to brake calipers?

Thanks
Well, I can definitively say the late 90's Maxima rim DOES NOT FIT. :cry:
The outer portion of the spokes rub the caliper.

I drove to a local junkyard and test fitted one.
Needless to say they were happy they prep'ed the wheel for a sale and I did not buy. :oops:

The 240SX 5 spoke must be a different shape on the backside of the spokes.

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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:01 pm

drees wrote:Offset/hub circle should be correct for just about any 5-bolt FWD Nissan that I've seen. However, I think reeler said he had brake caliper clearance issues with some Altima wheels, so make sure you are able to test fit before making a commitment.
Found reeler's post.
reeler wrote:The 2008 Altima rims rubbed against the brake calipers so no luck there.
I'd guess that the spokes rubbed the caliper same as the Maxima wheels ElectricTiger tried.

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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:56 pm

ElectricTiger wrote:Well, I can definitively say the late 90's Maxima rim DOES NOT FIT. :cry:
The outer portion of the spokes rub the caliper.
Just to confirm, did you test the 16"x6.5", 5-spoke aluminum wheel?
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Re: Winter tires and winter wheels

Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:13 am

Just a quick report: I had Michelin X-Ice Xi2's on my Crown Victoria this past winter. They don't perform as well in deep snow as Blizzaks, but they have better rolling resistance, are much quieter, and offer way better cornering performance and less wear on dry pavement. In fact, I'm surprised how well they perform for being winter tires. They aren't the cheapest option, but I was able to price match to Walmart/Sams and then stack a rebate on top of that at Discount Tire.
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