- OEM wheel size is 16"x6.5" with a 40mm positive offset .
- 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) .
Wheel lug nut and MacGard wheel lock:
- The wheels weigh about 21 lbs. each.
- Tires are Bridgestone Ecopia all-season EP422 tires (all-season). They weigh 18 lbs each.
- The LEAF OEM tire pressure sensors are mounted on the inboard side of the valve stem and will fit into new wheels w/o problems. The sensors "report PSI for each tire (along with serial number)" and the LEAF "just turns it into an idiot light".
- A simplistic model shows small differences in range between widely differing rolling resistant coefficients, from 0.0025 to 0.02: at 50 mph, range differs by about 5%.
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.
- The official Nissan spare tire for the LEAF is a T125/90D16 98M.
- The spare tire's wheel's part number is 403001ya7a.
- The jack's part number is 99550-3ND0B.
Spare tire & jack options
- The jack for a Toyota Camry or a Nissan Altima will work with the LEAF. the Altima's jack's part number is 99550-L31001. The jack from an U.S. market mid-90s - '05 Chevrolet Cavalier will also fit.
- Here is an extensive "Wheel Bolt Pattern Cross Reference Database and Conversion Guide". For example, you can search for vehicles sharing the LEAF's lug pattern: look for wheels with offset H (high) offset: 35, 40, or 45mm.
- The spare tire from 2006-2008 Nissan Altimas fits correctly; its part number is 40300-L31010. (08 A spare tire from a 2008 Nissan Altima has been found to fit correctly.) The rim is 16X4 and the tire is 135x90. This spare tire is larger than the stock LEAF wheel/tire by about a 0.70" in diameter and about 3% more in circumference. The wheel fits, with no caliper clearance issues. (Note that only Nissan Altimas from 2002 on have five-bolt wheels; prior to 2002 Altimas have four-bolt wheels.) There seems to be no problems when mounted on the rear and driven several miles up to 50mph.
Here are pics of the Altima spare tire on a LEAF's rear passenger side, side and rear views, as well as a pic of the spare in the LEAF's hatch.
- 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).
- Wheels from a late 90s Nissan Maxima does not fit.
- Pics of Euro LEAF's jack
- Snow tire fitments:
- An account of how higher tire pressures resulted in better fuel economy in a Prius : 32psi = 43.6mpg, 40psi = 47.5mpg, 42psi = 49.4mpg, observed over 10k miles intervals.
- How to carry spare tire under hatch floor, inside aero panel, with lots of pics: cut and hinge a section of the aero panel; spare tire is bolted to under hatch floor with bolts through floor
- 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) .
- White LEAF with white Konig Forward 17x7 wheels w/ pink accent (18 lbs), hub centric rings (73.1mm OD to 66.1mm ID), Continental ContiProContact 215/45R17 (21 lbs), NRG M12x1.25 Extended Lug Nuts (Aluminum 400 Series Pink - Part # LN-471PK), 315MHz Tire Pressure Sensors, Mr Gasket #2370 7/32 Wheel Spacers
- White 2011 LEAF with MB Viper 16x7 5x114.3 ET40 wheels (18 lbs.) and Michelin Primacy MXM4 205/55R-16 91H (21.7 lbs)
- White LEAF w/ KW prototype suspension, 18x9 Enkei RPF1 35ET (3mm spacer in front to clear caliper), 225/40-18 Falken Azenis RT615:
- Gray LEAF w/ tint, TEIN Street Basis coilovers, Enkei RP03, 225/45-18 ET48 (1" spacer in rear), shark fin antena
- Black LEAF with TEIN H-Tech springs, 18x7.5 Kia Optima wheels (ET46, 5mm spacer), 215/45R18 Continental ExtremeContact DWS:
- 5Zigen GN+, 18x7.5 43mm ET, Falken 225/40/18 (also 30mm spacer in the rear, to-be-installed 20mm spacer front).
(This combination results in a 20-25% reduction in range.)
- 2011 LEAF with Voxx Legra wheels, 16x7 ET38, 5x100/114.3, 16.75 lbs.
- Black LEAF w/ 18x8 wheels : black Advanti Denaro B2 18x8 wheels and Kumho Ecsta SPT 215/40-18 tires:
- LEAF with Volk Racing TE37 16x7 ET33 wheels :
...and tire pressure sensor mounted on wheel:
- 2011 LEAF with 16x7 ET20 10.5 lbs. Rays wheels, stock tires, stock suspension, which improves range by 4-6% :
- 2012 LEAF with Nissan Juke wheels (17x7, 47mm offset, 22.6lbs) & Continental Extreme Contact DWS 215/45R17 tires:
- [http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=14239 New Wheels - 2011 Leaf SL with Weds Sport TC-005:
- Nissan Leaf Owner's Manual, page 9-5
- Nissan LEAF Service Manual, "E: Suspension", "WR - Road Wheels & Tires", page WT-45