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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:38 pm

Nader,

I did some trial runs with a set of 18x7.5's I have (Ray's/Volk wheels, 38mm offset, 16 lbs each) and they fit fine but with 225x40x18 Dunlop Star Specs the range was impacted significantly; too much for my liking (10-12% at least). I ran them for a couple days and went back to my 16x7" set-up I originally posted about.

With going lower soon I was wanting to change to a larger wheel for the appearance. With that impact in range I will not be doing that unless we can get those Dunlop Ecosmart tires (215x45x18) that I saw one of the Japanese guys running (white car with gold Rays CE28's). A proper size low rolling resistance tire will be necessary to maintain range.

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:03 am

So are we concluding that tire design is causing a reduction in range? I only drive locally these days so I don't mind giving up some range for a "hella flush" fitment. Ok maybe not hella flush, but close. 9" wheel on a 225 tire isn't too exotic.

Side note: I think the car has some real style potential. I'm willing to push the limits to help attract some attention from the aftermarket world. Basically I'm try to make a statement that EV tuning has it's place too.

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:45 am

I've got 500 miles on my new wheels so far. I'm enjoying them! Not a bad mod for $125 per wheel out the door. Although I have no "hard"numbers, I believe my range is up slightly and handling is improved... 8-)

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:56 am

I am planning on some wheels for my Leaf and was looking at going to a 215-45-17
michelin LRR tire.
the size seems to be almost the same diameter as stock and reasonable tread width

24.7" diameter as opposed to 24.9" on the stock bridgestone ecopias

this tire is the same as used on the Lexus CT200h and prius V

what do you think?

I need some good looking wheels too!
2012 SL Leaf
order 07/28/2011
took delivery 11/11/11
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Turned back into Nissan 12/31/14 @ 50,000 miles
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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:04 am

See my post and pic on Aug. 22nd, with TRONZ's help. Good looking and cheap... 8-)

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:47 am

So have just spent some $$$ on coilovers recently I'm trying to find a reasonably light set of wheels with a flat face and minimal openings.

A couple options for those that want to run stock tires is are Rota Slipstreams or Rota J-Mag. They are both in the ~13lb range. 40mm offset is as low as they get.

I am also investigating running a 15x7 wheel with a 195/65/15 tire (EP100's and EP422's are available in the proper load rating and are about 1-1.5lbs lighter per tire). I think it will clear the brakes (overall diameter of brake assembly with caliper), but it'll come down to offset and spoke design for caliper clearance. You can get 15" forged wheels in the sub-10lb range.

I am also investigating Altima steel wheels (16x6.5) and mooneyes with stock tires. Just for fun. I've always liked the look of a lowered car with mooneyes for some reason. Reminds me of salt flat racers.

BTW, the rear fender flares out more than stock and can take a much lower offset. I'll be running a 15mm spacer out back, but I know it can take more.

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:12 am

nader wrote:A couple options for those that want to run stock tires is are Rota Slipstreams or Rota J-Mag. They are both in the ~13lb range. 40mm offset is as low as they get.
The Rota website says that Slipstreams can be had in the 5x114.5 bolt circle in +40, +45 and +48...

The Sub-zeros are very light, but have a very open wheel design. Would be interesting to find a 15" wheel that fits - could turn the LEAF into a rally-mobile. :) The generous ground clearance helps.

Instead of offsetting the rear wheels - what about leaving them in and fabbing up some rear skirts? Would go well with the mooneyes. :)

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:22 am

The Rota website is the most un-updated site on the net. It looks exactly like it did in the year 2000. IWhat they show doesn't translate into what is available. There are a handful of wheels on their site that aren't even available in our market.

The larger dealers like wheeldude.com and racinglab.com can do special orders but be prepared to wait at least 2 months.

I had 17" subzeros on the SRT-4 years ago with good luck. I also ran 16" slipstreams on the Focus. Decent wheels for the money, especially if you can pick up a used set.

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:13 pm

nader wrote:The Rota website is the most un-updated site on the net. It looks exactly like it did in the year 2000. IWhat they show doesn't translate into what is available. There are a handful of wheels on their site that aren't even available in our market.

The larger dealers like wheeldude.com and racinglab.com can do special orders but be prepared to wait at least 2 months.
Good point - that said, wheeldude.com does have a 16x7 5x114.5 +45 Slipstream listed.

Anyone know what the hub bore is on the LEAF? Looks all the 5x114.5 Rotas on wheeldude.com are 73mm...

Edit: Wiki says 66.1 mm - I guess a hub bore spacer should be used?

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Re: Forged Rays Volk Wheels installed - stock wheels are HEA

Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:03 pm

drees wrote:
nader wrote:The Rota website is the most un-updated site on the net. It looks exactly like it did in the year 2000. IWhat they show doesn't translate into what is available. There are a handful of wheels on their site that aren't even available in our market.

The larger dealers like wheeldude.com and racinglab.com can do special orders but be prepared to wait at least 2 months.
Good point - that said, wheeldude.com does have a 16x7 5x114.5 +45 Slipstream listed.

Anyone know what the hub bore is on the LEAF? Looks all the 5x114.5 Rotas on wheeldude.com are 73mm...

Edit: Wiki says 66.1 mm - I guess a hub bore spacer should be used?
Yup. set of hub rings are necessary.

I ordered these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00280BGY4

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