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Hey chap, we all have wheels just boring old steelies not bling style!


I would love a new set of 17's though!
 

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First thing I did was ditch the stock wheels in favor of some Toyo Eclipse 205/55/16 on American Racing 16x7 rims. Didnt want to spend alot on rims as its a work truck so I went with something nicer but not bling bling. They mounted up a 17'" version with lower sidewall tires and it looked great but load capacity was less and I worried ride would be to stiff. The 16" Toyo combo is perfect for me. Speedo/odo is only off 6%. Much improved ride and handling and it corners great now.


 

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Fitted these the other day, tyres that are on are 205/40 R17 but I'm going to change them to 205/55 R17 instead.
 

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That is exactly what I want to do with my van! The wheels and tires improve looks and safety through way better traction than the stock golf cart wheels and crap tires.
I am running into major problems with the local tire stores and now with TireRack. They will not sell me a tire and wheel combination because the tires must be c rated. There are no choices in a larger tire with a C rating. Special order MIGHT be a possibility but then you get to pay through the nose. I am curious how discount tire worked with you knowing about these liability issues. I don't want much, I just want a better looking, safer wheel/tire combo. I do still want my TPMS to work properly. I want my speedo to work properly as well. Really sick of the "we can't sell you tires that are not rated for your vehicle" spiel..
 

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So the tire thing is a repeated problem. If you are not going to haul heavy loads, any tire with the original sizing will do. If you can not get someone to sell and install them, then buy the ones you want from one place and find someone else to install them. Worse comes to worse, take the tires off and take them to someone to mount and balance them but never even tell them what vehicle it is going onto.
 

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It just seems that Nissan is missing the boat on how some of their customers are using the NV200. I have always been a van guy. My tastes and preferences go back to the van boom of the early 70's. I want my van to look cool and have great handling. This is not rocket science. I am not happy with the regulatory roadblocks and the built in hindrances that are actively working against any customization. It seems this is all driven by fear of manufacturers of litigation. I can't say that fear is unfounded, but it is frustrating for the consumer.
The plan now is to pretend I have a Sentra and see if I can't get a set of four with wheel sensors installed. Before I do that, I need to find a shop that will initialize the sensors.
 

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It just seems that Nissan is missing the boat on how some of their customers are using the NV200. I have always been a van guy. My tastes and preferences go back to the van boom of the early 70's. I want my van to look cool and have great handling. This is not rocket science. I am not happy with the regulatory roadblocks and the built in hindrances that are actively working against any customization. It seems this is all driven by fear of manufacturers of litigation. I can't say that fear is unfounded, but it is frustrating for the consumer.
The plan now is to pretend I have a Sentra and see if I can't get a set of four with wheel sensors installed. Before I do that, I need to find a shop that will initialize the sensors.
Let us know how it goes. What size are the sentra rims and tires? The tires are 84 load rating?
 

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The Sentra bolt pattern is the same as the NV200. I'm looking at a 16" Oz wheel. They are very nice. I want the Mich Premere A/S in a 205/55-16.
Get 'em from TireRack with the sensors installed for about $1500.00
 

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The Sentra bolt pattern is the same as the NV200. I'm looking at a 16" Oz wheel. They are very nice. I want the Mich Premere A/S in a 205/55-16.
Get 'em from TireRack with the sensors installed for about $1500.00
Hey, that seems like a really good solution. I like the idea of 16s. I'm guessing you can't use the original sensors though...
 

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So I "got 'er done" over at Discount Tire last night.
The solution is 17" rims.
They can accommodate more variety of 94 and above load rated tires. Discount refused to sell me a tire under the Manufacturer's designated load rating. The choices in the 16" wheel / tire combination were very limited and were almost all snow tires. The 17"s also have a higher pressure limit (51PSI) than a comparable 16" tire. This allows the use of the stock TPMS sensors which require 44PSI to not activate the check tire pressure warning.
It was good to have the tires fitted before I bought them to assure a proper offset and lock to lock clearance. With the TireRack route, the consumer is more exposed to fitment issues. It was also cheaper to re-use the stock TPMS sensors than buy new ones fitted to the rims. There is also the cost of shipping with T.R. These issues make up for the marginal amount more I may have spent with Discount. Drive in/ drive out has a value.
I have about 60% more traction and a quieter ride now. The truck looks 100% better than with the stock wheel tire combo. The speedo seems to read about 1-2 miles lower than actual. I will know exactly when I get my GPS installed. The van seems a bit slower off the line.
MB Optima alloy 17x7.5 5-114 40offset wheels with 215/50-17 Michelin Premiere A/S.
 

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^^That's great!! What was the grand total? Post some pics too if you can!

Those tires should last at least 40k-60k miles I'm thinking... very nice...
 
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