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I was thinking of getting a JX. Because I live in Canada, my usual course of action is to buy a set of rims and snow tires when I purchase the vehicle. Was hoping to use the same size tires and planned to get the 20" but oddly enough it seems like my preferred tire (Michelin X-Ice Xi2) aren't available in that size. Nor are my second choice - Blizzaks. Anyone have any suggestions?
 

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I would hop down to the 18" size to get the X-ice tires. I LOVED those on a RWD Infiniti M45. They were a beast of a tire.

The 18's will be cheaper. You will have a broader variety of rims to choose from. And since the Michelin's are X-green you will probably save a few bucks at the gas pump over the life of the tires. I'm running some Pilot Alpin PA3's on my Audi sedan and the MPG is 1-2 MPG better than my summer tires (also Michelin). When I bought my winter tires I went with 18's (smaller standard size for my car) vs the 19's on my upgraded package. I saved about $100 per tire on the PA3's.

Hope that helps.
 

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Hey redrocker - thanks very much for the advice. I really had my heart set on the 20" but what you're saying makes a lot of sense. Will probably stick with the 18". Most appreciated!
 

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I always used Nokian Hakkapelitta tires, made in Finland. They got pretty expensive, so I bought Bridgestone Blizzaks for the Outback, and I really like them. They are as smooth and quiet as the car's Bridgestone Potenza RE92 summer tires. Really! I will be putting Blizzaks on the JX's stock 18" wheels, and porting the stock 18" summer tires to some 18" Murano wheels. I'm not that hot on the aspect ratios of the 20's. But that's just me.

For what it's worth, JX's and Muranos have the the same offset and hub center bore. Hot dog!
 

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Get the car with the big rims. Then find someone on here who got 18" rims but wants to buy aftermarket rims. Buy their rims off them and mount up X-Ices or Blizzaks. You'll get OEM rims at a fraction of the normal cost, plus a spare set of tires you can sell to some other local member who wants new 18" tires in a year or two. Just a thought. Having two sets of wheels makes it easier to change summer/winter tires.
 

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Snow tires (winter tires) are tires designed for use in winter conditions, such as snow and ice, and lower temperatures in general. They are an alternative to the use of snow chains.
 

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has anyone considered putting 17's on the JX? tirerack indicates that one could downsize to 245-70-17 but my dealer says because of the weight ... it's not recommended ... really?
 

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Purchased some after market 18" rims and Blizzak DM-V1s for my JX. We had DM-V1s on our last SUV, so we know they perform well. So far so good. I did drive the stock Michelins in snow and they performed better than I expected, but where we get out to the mountains for skiing frequently, we value the extra safety winter tires provide.

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Purchased some after market 18" rims and Blizzak DM-V1s for my JX. We had DM-V1s on our last SUV, so we know they perform well. So far so good. I did drive the stock Michelins in snow and they performed better than I expected, but where we get out to the mountains for skiing frequently, we value the extra safety winter tires provide.

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Would you mind stating how much you paid for the wheels and tires? They look good. Make sure you follow-up on how they are performing this winter and in the mountains.
 

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Hi BobOB - All in about $2k (Canadian). Sourced the TPMS throught e-bay (they work like a charm), wheels though the local infiniti dealer and the tires through a local tire shop - had the tire shop install everything. Price includes repair of flats and bi-annual switch-over at no charge. Tires can be more expensive in Canada, so I'm not sure if this is a good price south of the border or not. Saved about $500 by piecing it together. Dealer also provided a little metal tab with the Infiniti logo on it for the center of the wheels so I can pretend they are OEM!
 

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Hi BobOB - All in about $2k (Canadian). Sourced the TPMS throught e-bay (they work like a charm), wheels though the local infiniti dealer and the tires through a local tire shop - had the tire shop install everything. Price includes repair of flats and bi-annual switch-over at no charge. Tires can be more expensive in Canada, so I'm not sure if this is a good price south of the border or not. Saved about $500 by piecing it together. Dealer also provided a little metal tab with the Infiniti logo on it for the center of the wheels so I can pretend they are OEM!
Thanks for the updated information. This is helpful.
 

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Hi MacPhee - when you said you sourced your TPMS through ebay, what did you get? I got a set of 4 JX OEM sensors for $135! They have the right part number and are made by Continental, and had the right "nut collar". I have them installed in my new Murano 18" wheels (same offset, width, center bore), with the DM-V1's mounted, ready to install.

So, what sensors do you have? I hoped to use Orange Technology which are programmable, so you clone the OEM numbers onto them. They don't have for the JX/PF/Altima yet (those 3 cars are the same part number). I read another forum member put a new set of OEM sensors on his JX, disconnected the battery, and the car magically read the new sensors after a while (45min?). What did you do for programming?

Thanks for your help.
 

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Hi gibbons - Yes, I got the same $135 deal, fantastic price for 4 TMPS. They were stamped with Continental and Nissan. Tire shop took care of linking the new TMPS up the JX, so I'm not sure what they did, but the shop commented that everything worked as it should. Several shops warned me that its best not to use after market TPMS as they can be troublesome, thus the reason I ordered these ones.
 

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Hi gibbons - Yes, I got the same $135 deal, fantastic price for 4 TMPS. They were stamped with Continental and Nissan. Tire shop took care of linking the new TMPS up the JX, so I'm not sure what they did, but the shop commented that everything worked as it should. Several shops warned me that its best not to use after market TPMS as they can be troublesome, thus the reason I ordered these ones.
Make sure you have your shop torque them on within specifications. My last car had these and the rim place I went to installed them on too tight and snapped the valve.
 

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Hi......I just bought a JX with 20" forged rims. I had an EX with 18" alloy rims with Blizzaks 225/55/R18. I don't get the JX until the weekend, but do you think that will be too small for the JX? Should be the same bolt pattern witha similar offset. BTW, I don't have the sensor either - just lived with the light on with the EX.
 

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Your speedometer and gearing will be off almost 10%. If you're turning 2000rpm at cruise, look for more like 2200. It's up to you whether that's acceptable or not. Some guys pay for suspension parts to lower their car an inch, you will be doing that with tires!
 

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Garymfc,

We are coming from an EX as well and those tires are too small. Check the load rating too. A lot of tires in the EX35 size are rated at 98. People here seem to be running tires with a load index of 110 (like the DMV1's) -- 1654lbs vs 2336lbs.

Offset on the alloy Nissan rims I had on the EX will sit out 5mm more than stock. Shouldn't be a big deal.
 

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Ok, so winter is over, off come the winter tires (on rims) and on go the original tires. Unfortunately my car is not picking up the TPMS on the original tires . Does anyone here know how to get their JX to connect with the TPMS without taking the car to the dealer for service?

Thanks!
 
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