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Infiniti FX35 and FX 45 Tires and Wheels



  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    i have a 2004 with the 20 inch tires

    i have the sports suspension

    goodyear rsa

    have been told that the new bridgestone fuzion tires are the best

    have been told the same about the toyo

    has anyone here switched from goodyears to any other and what have the results been ?
  • fx35awdfx35awd Posts: 218
    I am have not since I have only 21k miles on my car, but I am also curious to know because I was told the original tires only last at most up to 30k miles. I have the 18 inch ones. :D
  • stevefxstevefx Posts: 2
    I have the Toyso Proxes. The original tires were a disaster in the snow. The Toyos were much better -the FX (I have an FX 45 w/20's) is still nowhere near as good a snow car as my old Chevy Blazer with real 4WD (part time, hi & low range.

    The Toys are about teh same on the highway as the orignals, good in the rain and the car does go in the snow. Dry handling is about the same as the originals. Biggest problem in the snow is sterring in very slippery snow -the wide tires act like snowshoes.

    Ig you go the the main forum on the FX, about a year ago a bunch of us were commenting on tires. My old name was SteveFX45 and a few people replied back & firth. I heard that Dunlop had good snows but only available in Canada (?)
  • I just replaced the 265/50R20 Goodyear RSA (37K miles) with Yokohama YK520 which is an all season tire. So far I 've driven over 500 miles and very impressed with the comfort and how quiet it is. It's more comfortable and quiet than when the car was new. Before replacing the tires, I carefully researched for the most comfortable tires because I am tired of how harsh the GY RSA was. I live in Southern CA so snow is not a criteria. I believe you can only find this tire at America's Tire Company. I definitely recommend it to anyone who look for a comfortable and quiet tire.
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    My first set lasted to about 14,500 miles. I was able to convince Goodyear to apply about a 50% discount on the second set when I replaced them due to the low milage. Just before 30,000 miles the second set were worn.

    I figured even at 50% off the Goodyears were overpriced if they are only lasting 15,000 miles and I went with the new Bridgestone (Dueler's I believe).

    Unfortunately I've traded the car so I don't know how they are holding up. I was not impressed with these Goodyears.
  • Why cant any tire dealer find 20 inch snow tires for the FX and other performance SAVs? Very frustrating. DOnt want to spend money on wheels and lose the look of the 20 inch tires... Any luck at your end? Jon.
  • I am considering the purchase of a pre-owned 2005 FX 35 AWD with 18" wheels. I live in Michigan where we have snowy winters with slick roads. My main question is, how will my vehicle handle in the snow?
  • cyruscyrus Posts: 25
    How will my FX35 vehicle handle in the snow?

    I have a 2004 FX35 with 18 inch tires & 34K miles on them (I bought the car new). I live in Chicago Land area where we get snow during winter. Here are my Subjective impressions of FX35 handling in snow as compared to my Wife’s’ Infiniti QX4 (Michelin M+S 16 inch tires, narrower than FX’s 265 mm width Bridgestone Potenza ). Last night I drove both back to back on our 2-3 inch snow covered roads in Antioch Suburbs. The QX4 (on ALL Mode4X drive and NO stability/VDC control) seemed very easy to drive and rapidly accelerated with no drama. FX /35 with "lousy" (for snow) tires was unable to accelerate as fast as that of QX4 (mainly because the FX’s VDC kept kicking in). The limiting factor here is the tire (see below). I will be replacing my tires next year (To my surprise the Infiniti dealer told me I STILL HAVE 40% LIFE LEFT ON THE ORiGINAL TIRES; true I drive very easy, especialy on Take off so as not to stress the tires or else the $1000 replacement cost at a minumum).
    Another observation: The FX’s tires also Hydroplane because of their width, mainly when you go through standing water (Has happened to me Twice). In a nut shell, as I noted, the limiting factor on snow are mainly the tires (Not the sophisticated AWD in Infiniti/Nissan SUVs). We all need to get ourselves a new set of better overall tires. Consumer Report had an article on tires a while back. Although the Bridgestone Potenza (on my 04 fx) was good overall, they were rated as sub par on snow and ice. If I recall correctly, Dunlap 5000 (series???) would be a superb choice for the FX (based on overall good scores in virtually all areas, including ice and snow handling). I am posting this here because all of us subjectively rate our tires, but empirical evidence such as those provided by consumer Report can help us choose better tires for our fxs.
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    Hi, I too live in Chicago. Own an FX35 AWD with the 20s. Sucks in snow and ice. Otherwise, the car is a blast to drive. If you refine your search for snow tires, please post as would like to piggy back off your research in addition to using my own. Thanks, Jon.
  • ffb13ffb13 Posts: 181
    the widht of the tires affect the snow traction.

    so far ,i have learned on other sites devoted to infinity and not on this one ,that the best tire for crisp handling is the goodyear rsa.

    the dunlops are not as sure footed and people ,not all, are getting rid of them.

    the tdk,s are good also as a handling tire

    but if you want to drive in snow you must go the 4 wheel snow tire route and a narrower tire .

    becasue you are not allowed to postother web sites for reference here on this site ,( they are very insecure and thus not as good as the once were ) do a google on the tire that you want or fx 35 tires and follow it.

  • Calgary is somewhat like Denver Weather wise. We get freak storms and long period of warm air then rain then snow. So, there is ice. hard packed snow which often turns wet within a couple days then it repeats.. I bought a set of rims and a set of Blizzaks. My FX35 is almost as much fun as in the summer to drive. The down side is the soft sidewalls, so you have to slow down for the corners :)...Seriously, the most control I have had in winter condition ever.
  • lirpa007lirpa007 Posts: 14
    I have the sport with 20" tires and had to put air in all the tires. I have only had the fx for 2 months, is this common even for a new fx? Does the pressure go out that quick? :surprise:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    "Tires typically lose air pressure through natural leakage and permeation at a rate of about 1 psi per month." (NHTSA)
  • lirpa007lirpa007 Posts: 14
    Thanks for the info. There are no nails or anything in the tires. My tires were at 27psi, I'm suspecting the dealer didn't put enough air in them to begin with. It's a good thing I have an air compressor!
  • aephemeaepheme Posts: 48
    I'm about to purchase an Infiniti FX35 and want to make sure it can handle itself in the snow / ice in northern Michigan. Looks like the reviews for the Blizzak DM-Z3 aren't bad... any opinions on the Sport Package?

    I've heard that 20" tires are bad for snow / ice, but if I'm going to switch to some Blizzak's anyway... does it matter? Any opinions???
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    Just bought 20 inch Bridstone Blizzaks DM-Z3s from Tire Rack for my 2004 FX35 AWD with Sport Package. Will let you know how they perform. I know I should have bought a wheel and tire combo in the 17 to 18 inch size (skinny is better in snow) but I love the 20 inch look and so am hoping the Blizzaks do the trick... Jon.
  • I'm looking at used FX35s and don't want the sport package nor the 20" wheels/tires (I live in Cleveland where the roads are like downtown Beruit). Is there any stylistic difference between the 18s and the 20? Every car I see seems to have the same 8-spoke design. What, if any, are the differences so I can spot a car I might be interested in?

    Thanks for your help.

  • Just bought a 2008 FX35 with sport packeage. Have had problems witth TPMS. Have had one sensor replaced twice. Is this a rare problem?
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    Oh yeah, the Blizzaks are very good. Weathered my first snow and ice storm in Chicago over the weekend. The ice was very bad and the Blizzaks had amazing grip, even in 20 inch tire format. Started and stopped with no problem, very little if any sliding on icy curves. Great all around. Of course, you loose some road feel and performance but, hey, these are SNOW tires. Highly recommend them, the FX is a whole different car in the snow/ice now. Jon.
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    Nope, never happened to me since I bought mine in 2004? Jon.
  • I just bought Yokohama tires for my FX45. Original tire size was 265 50 20, I bought 285 50 20. Has anyone put 285's on an FX45?
  • dantedante Posts: 92
    I own a 2004 FX35 AWD Sport, Tech Package, 17,000 miles. Bought Bridstone Blizzaks this winter (awesome, even on 20 inch wheels). Couldn't put the OEMs back on, hated them. Bought from Tire Rack the Fuzion ZR1s. Fantastic summer performance tires. Excellent grip, car runs like a track car, corners that it's a beaut. AND better yet, rides quiet and much less jarring than the OEMs. Not to mention dirt cheap. Highly recommend them, especially those with the Sport Package. Jon.
  • ephysicsephysics Posts: 1
    Can you put 285's /50 20 on a stock FX45 20" rim?
  • azhaasazhaas Posts: 1
    I just replaced the original tires on my 2004 FX35. I removed the Bridgestone Potenza tires and installed Yokohama YK520. The ride is fine (Arizona) but the tires look smaller in the wheel wells. Is it my imagination?
  • nellebnelleb Posts: 2
    I had wanted to order a F2009 FX 35 with a wheat interior and wood. In order to get this combination a have to order the package giving me 20 inch wheels rather than 18. I need advice on how 20's will change the ride. I currently lease a 2004 FX 35. The 2009 that I test drove was much much smoother than my 2004. Please ...some advice? I live in Connecticut, work in healthcare and must drive in all weather,
    at times before the plows...
    Thanks in advance!!
  • I have a 04 FX 35 with 18" tires. Replaced the Potenzas with Yokahamas but need snow tires. I live in Michigan and thought I could get by without the snow tires but the white knuckle driving is too much. I will purchase Blizzaks, do I get the same size tire or a skinnier one? If anyone can help, please let me know.
  • Hey - I live in Chicago. Last year, I bought the Blizzaks for my 2006 FX RWD model. (moved here from southern california) Mine are 20's (sport package). They work great btw, and there was never any discussion about getting anything but the exact fit for my 20" wheels.

    Good luck.
  • Thanks Jay, Just checked out tirerack, they call for 265/60R18's. so that is the way I will go. Appreciate your input.
  • quelquel Posts: 1
    got a ? I just bought 285/50/20 tires for my fx35 do you this they will fit?
  • For my lease return, I need to replace just one tire. Infiniti wants $300 for the tire. Do I need to get the exact matching one, or can I have a different brand, but keep the same size and speed rating? If I did it that way, I would save $150, but 1 tire wouldn't match. HELP! 265 60 18R 109V
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