The 350Z is a rear-wheel-drive, 2-door sports car produced by Nissan. It was designed by Ajay Panchal in San Diego, California way back in 2000. Knowing the Nissan 350z bolt pattern is important. After all, you would hate to buy the wrong rims for your car, right?
The fifth generation Nissan 350z that was made between 2002 and 2009 uses a bolt pattern of 5×114.3mm (5×4.5″) and lug nuts that have a thread size of M12 x 1.25. Nissan 350zs from this date range use 5 lug nuts that need to be tightened down to 73 – 93 ft lbs. The center bore for the 350z is 66.1mm.
The info that we just explained, although it is most certainly useful, doesn’t tell you exactly everything that you may need to know. There’s a lot more information to learn about the Nissan 350z bolt pattern.
That’s why we took the time to outline the bolt pattern more elaborately for each generation below. Also, we will provide some links to the exact lug nuts you can use for the Nissan 350z. After that, we will go over the rim and tire sizes for each trim and engine configuration.
Nissan 350z Bolt Pattern
As with any vehicle, there may come a time when you need to know the Nissan 350z bolt pattern. So, we went ahead and gathered all the info into an easy-to-reference chart for you.
|Year Range||Bolt Pattern||Center Bore||Lug Nuts||Thread Size||Torque Specification|
|2002 -2009||5×114.3mm (5×4.5″)’||M12 x1.25′||5||M12 x 1.25||73 – 93 ft lb|
Nissan 350z Wheel Fitment Guide
If you plan on doing any serious tire or wheel work on your car, then you will need to know more than just the Nissan 350z bolt pattern. Things like the thread size, center bore diameter, and tightening torque are also really important.
Also, as with just about any other car, there are several trim levels of Nissan 350z. So, its always important to make sure the parts you are looking to buy are the correct ones for your vehicle.
Below are some tables that you can use for easy reference to learn more about the Nissan 350z bolt pattern and other specifications.
2002 – 2009
The fifth generation Nissan 350z, which was the only one ever sold in the United States has 2 engine configurations. Bot the 280 HP and the 306HP version of the Nissan 350Z uses 225/50ZR17 tires mounted on 7.5Jx17 ET30 rims.
|Engine Size||Horse Power||Tire Sizes||Rim Sizes||Bolt Pattern|
|3.5L V6||280||225/50ZR17||7.5Jx17 ET30||5×114.3mm (5×4.5″)’|
|3.5L V6||306||225/50ZR17||7.5Jx17 ET30||5×114.3mm (5×4.5″)’|
So, What Does The Tire Size Mean?
The first number on the tire is the tire’s width in millimeters. So, a P245/55 R17 tire has a width of 245 millimeters. The second number on the tire is the ratio of sidewall to tire width. So, that means that a P245/55 R17 tire has a sidewall height of 140mm (245 * 0.55).
The letter in the middle indicates a tire’s performance letter. R is more-or-less standard, while Y or Z-rated tires are ultra high performance.
The final and most familiar figure is the tire’s internal diameter in inches. So, a P255/55 R17 tire has a 17 inch internal diameter..
A given rim can take more than just one type of tire. Generally speaking, a wheel can take a tire with a slightly different width than the original tire had. There is much more room when it comes to the sidewall ratio, as that figure can vary somewhat widely and still be compatible with a given rim.
Properly Tightening The Bolts
The Nissan 350zs uses 5 lug nuts. The lug nuts have to be secured in a specific, crisscross pattern when you mount the wheel to the car again. This information can be found in the vehicle’s user manual, but we will leave it here for you.
NOTE: Tightening your lug nuts properly is very important!
If you under-tighten the wheel, it could fall off when you are driving! If you over-tighten the wheel, it can make it hard to get off next time and it can damage components.
Step 1: Tighten the lugs with a hand wrench first.
NOTE: Don’t tighten the lug nuts down all the way just yet. If you tighten them down now it will be hard to get each lug torqued down to its proper level. So, just tighten each one of your lugs about half way.
Step 2: After that, you’ll need to tighten them with a torque wrench to the proper ft lbs. The Nissan 350z use a lug tightening force of 73 to 93 ft lbs.
Also, its absolutely crucial to ensure that your lug nuts are properly tightened after 30 miles or so. If any of them come loose, tighten them down again. If any of the nuts come loose after a second test, then you will have to replace the rim.
When To Rotate Nissan 350z Tires
Tires need to be replaced after around 75,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first. An old tire that does not have a lot of miles on it is still not safe to use because after a while, tires start to rot. So, after this amount of time, they need to be replaced. There are cases in which this can happen a lot sooner, and there are certainly times where it can happen a lot later, but eventually you are going to need to replace your tires.
It’s a good practice to rotate your tires way before they wear out. In fact, if you rotate your tires at proper intervals, your tires will last a lot longer than otherwise. For the Nissan 350z, it’s best to rotate your tires every 7,500 miles. Rotating your tires is simple. All you have to do is move the front tires to the back and move the back tires to the front, but swap the left and right sides while you are doing it.
Knowing your Nissan 350z bolt pattern is important, and rotating your tires is just another example of why. Also, there are a lot of things that you normally cant see on your vehicle. So, while you are rotating your tires, make sure to take the opportunity to look at your brakes and other things that are usually obscured by the wheel’s presence.
Nissan 350z Bolt Pattern – Conclusion
Regardless of the year, the Nissan 350z uses a 5×4.5″ (5×114.3mm) bolt pattern and has lug nuts with a thread size of M12 x 1.25. The Nissan 350z use 5 lug nuts that have a torque specification of 73 to 93 ft lbs. The Nissan 350z has a center bore of 66.1 mm.
We hope this article helped you learn more about the Nissan 350z bolt pattern. Thanks for reading!
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