I purchased a Japanese import and it has no spare, but a bottle of goop and a compressor (and for some unknown reason a jack and wheel brace!).
I live at the end of a long dirt track and there isn't any roadside assistance within cooee. I thought about just putting a space-saver spare in the generous boot space, possibly with a cover, but the Bose subwoofer is in the way. Then I noticed a cavernous space under the boot above the underbody aerodynamic trim.
Thanks Fen. I think I already have a suitable wheel and tire, but have't done a trial fit. I am interested for ideas in how to keep the aerodynamic cover and sling the wheel under the car whilst keeping it reasonably easy to access. It would be handy to have the hanger of a wreck. I suspect the brackets for the hanger are missing on cars that are supplied without the spare. I haven't had the cover off to look yet.
It mentions a 5 bolt, 114.3mm (4.5″) pattern. And lists a few US Cars where the spare would fit. But not very useful when those cars weren't sold here. Also the Jack type, but our Leaf already has a jack.
Last Edit: Oct 12, 2019 20:33:46 GMT 11 by tomkauf
So I ended up biting the bullet and ordering a new Wheel (Part# 403001ya7a ).
Not from Nissan because I'm sure the Stealership would charge an arm and a leg. But from Amayama, who sell genuine parts inexpensively for Japanese cars. We've used them before for our Subaru, and they also have a lot of stock in Australia. It's still Au$208 + postage, which is a lot :/.
But there were very few alternatives. No wrecked Leafs that I could find, and overseas sellers wanted $300+ for a spare. The Nissan Tiida or Mazda RX-8 *may* have the same 16" wheel, but I couldn't confirm that it had the same rolling diameter (different tyre sidewall size). I could've had the tyre removed and bought the correct replacement one, but the wheel width was often much wider for the Nissan SUV space savers.
I found a Skyline R33 wheel for $100 from a interstate wrecker that might've fit (16" and correct bolt pattern at least), but the tyre size was definitely wrong. And I don't trust a 25 year old tyre, so I would've definitely had to add the cost of a tyre onto that. I didn't want to risk getting a wheel that may not fit, so I gave it a miss and ordered a new Wheel instead.
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2019 15:58:18 GMT 11 by tomkauf
Just laying it in the boot, and some sort of 2nd carpeted floor board to make it look neat.
I like the way Aus Leafs have theirs mounted, but that's a lot of extra work (and cost, if I buy the Carrier). I've seen a forum post where someone cut the Diffuser and bolted the Spare to the unserside of the boot floor (the metal). But I'm not so keen on drilling holes in the car, and cutting the diffuser. That could reduce range even more than just adding weight inside the cabin.
But thank you for those links. Definitely interesting.
Last Edit: Oct 28, 2019 16:20:47 GMT 11 by tomkauf
Hi tomkauf, I just checked mine, and it's from maxxis T125/90D16
Not sure why it doesn't show on Google though...
Thank you very much rusdy.
That's the size I was expecting. It does list that size as being the Leaf Spare Tyre size in some countries that get a spare tyre at all. I just wanted to check it's the same for Australian Leafs.
But in terms of finding a tyre brand that sells that size, it has been hard. But that might be the case for all Space Savers. They rarely get used, and only for a short time. Then put back as a spare. So it's probably something very people ever need to replace, so no retailer keeps them in stock.
I'll go to Nissan or Ford (the Focus has the same size apparently), and report on my findings.
Still no success getting a Tyre.... Went to Nissan Morooka Parts. They didn't know about Spare Tyres - no one had ever asked about that. I left my details, but hadn't heard anything a few weeks later. Phoned them this week and they said Nissan hadn't gotten back to them, and they'd phone me back later that day. That was 4 days ago .
Last Edit: Dec 20, 2019 12:14:12 GMT 11 by tomkauf
US$105.27 plus shipping. Not sure yet what the shipping will be, I've emailed for a price. Hoping to be well under $100ea shipping, based on what a set of full sized tyres cost to ship, and space savers are obviously much smaller (more narrow).
Realistically, it'll have to SE QLD based to be worth combining shopping. But let me know and we'll work it out
Last Edit: Jan 12, 2020 11:43:05 GMT 11 by tomkauf
Well, my spare tyre got used today. My wife was driving the Leaf ("I like it when my wife lets me drive my Leaf ), and ran over something. The car leaned to one side, so she knew, and was able to get it to a side street and call the RACQ. Women seem to have trouble getting off wheel nuts that have been put on with rattling guns. Besides, we've never figured out how to access the spare tyre. Luckily, the RACQ person knew Leafs (!), and knew to access the nuts (?) for releasing the spare tyre from inside the boot.
She's organised Goodyear Assurance Triplemax tyres. Anyone had any experience with them?
The spare gets pretty dirty under the car:
Last Edit: Jan 30, 2020 14:42:37 GMT 11 by coulomb
2012 Leaf with new battery May 2019. ~98% solar powered.