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Quick question about the wheels that come on the Titan from the factory. I bought the XE model which comes with the 17" wheels. If I were to change rims/tires to the 18" version, would it affect my speedometer in any way? i.e. faster or slower readings than actual speed? I want to make sure I don't mess anything up before I decide to spend money on the wheels. I appreciate everyones opinions.
 

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As long as the outside diameter of the tire is the same as the stock tire, your speedometer reading will remain accurate. You can always go get the speedometer recalibrated for a new size tire, it doesnt cost that much either. Accoding to www.tirerack.com, size and specifications are: original equip 17" with 245/75-17= 31.8" od, and original equip 18" with 265/70-18= 30.6" od. Probably wont make that big of a change in your reading. Hope this helps ya 8)
 

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You should probably go to the dealership for that.
 

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When I used to live in the Jacksonville Florida area, there was a shop that specialized in recalibrating...cant remember the name of it offhand. m4ck is right by checking with the dealer first though. I know for a fact that some of the dealers in Jax used to send their vehicles to that particular shop I was talking about though for that work. Check the dealer first, and look in the big yellow book if they cant help ya.
 

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Ditto on DeesT's comments. When I was shopping for wheels for my truck (also an XE), I looked at 18" first before deciding on 17's. 305/60-18's will be the correct size height-wise if you are looking at performance street tires. Can't talk to all-terrain tires; sorry. For the 17's I bought, I'm running 275/65-17's which are nearly the same height as the stock tires on the XE. The wheel size I bought is 17x8; the stockers are 17x7.5". Here is the formula for computing tire height: 275 x .65 x 2 divided by 25.4 + 17. Translated, you multiply the first number of the tire size by the aspect ratio (.65 or 65%), multiply that by 2, then divide that by 25.4, and then add to that the size tire (15, 16, etc.) to get the height of the tire. For the 18" tires I mentioned, it would be 305 x .60 x 2 divided by 25.4 + 18. As long as you stay within 10% of the height of the original tire, you should not have to have your speedo recalibrated. OBDII has that variance built into it, if I remember correctly. Also, and I'm not telling you what to do, but if you decide to go up to 20's or larger, you may want to give some thought to upgrading your brakes. The large diameter wheels significantly increase the rolling mass of the tires/wheels, and the stock brakes may not be up to handling the extra load, especially if you hot foot it a lot. I can't speak to the reasoning behind all of this, but I watch the "Trucks" TV show a lot and every time they increase wheel sizes (3 or more inches) on the trucks they build, they always install larger diameter rotors and usually quad-piston calipers. FYI.
 

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