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Wheels, Tires


General information on wheels and tires (independent of make/model).

Specifications, dimensions

  • OEM wheel size is 16"x6.5" with a 40mm positive offset [1].
  • Hub has 5 bolts, 114.3mm (4.5") bolt pattern.
  • Hub bore size is 66.1mm.
  • The wheel stud thread size is 12mm x 1.25, just like every other Nissan since 1984.
  • The wheel nuts are 1" long, closed-end acorn seat. They require a 21 mm (or 13/16") socket. They are torqued to 80 ft-lbs (108 N-m, 11 kg-m) [2].
    Wheel lug nut and MacGard wheel lock:


Spare tire

U.S. market

U.S. market LEAFs do not come with a spare tire. The driver is expected to use a (provided) air compressor with sealant to temporarily inflate a flat tire. In case of a more severe deflation, the driver is expected to tow the car (on a flat-bed, if it's one of the rear tires), or provide their own spare tire.

Non-U.S. Market

Spare tire & jack options

  • The Nissan Quest's spare tire may fit as well, having the same bolt pattern, though it is not know whether it quite clears the front calipers.
  • The 2011 Nissan Rogue has one wheel option that is identical in dimensions to the LEAF's wheel (diameter, width, offset and bolt configuration).

Snow Tires



  • Changing wheels/tires:
    • You can jack the LEAF up high enough (at the front jack point) to get both front and rear wheels off the ground at the same time, allowing rotating tires without needing a spare wheel.
    • The wheel nuts require a 21 mm socket. The LEAF's wheel nuts are recessed into the wheel, so a short extension (maybe 3") will keep the socket handle/ratchet from being too close to the wheel. A 13/16" spark plug socket also fits and works well since it's a deep socket.
    • The nuts are torqued to 80 ft-lbs (108 N-m, 11 kg-m) [2].

Aftermarket Fitments

  1. Nissan Leaf Owner's Manual, page 9-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nissan LEAF Service Manual, "E: Suspension", "WR - Road Wheels & Tires", page WT-45