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The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Nissan 350Z & 370Z

The Exact Bolt Pattern Of A Nissan 350Z & 370Z

We’ve written extensively about the Nissan 350Z/370Z and numerous questions you can have about this car. Today, we will talk about the information you need to select the correct new tires or rims for your 350Z/370Z. Specifically, we’ll take a look at the bolt pattern for each generation. Let’s start with a quick answer:

All generations of the Nissan 350Z and 370Z have a bolt pattern of 5×114.3mm (5×4.5″).

However, that certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. Below we’ve outlined the bolt pattern in more detail for each generation. We also discuss what lugs/bolts are used precisely, the exact diameter of the center bore hub and the torque specifications of the bolts. Finally, we also have information about each engine type’s exact tire size and rim size. You should know precisely what you can and cannot buy this way. Read on!

Also read: How Many Miles Can A Nissan 350z Last? (Answered)

Wheel Fitment Specifications Per Model

To fit a wheel properly on your 350Z/370Z, you’ll need to know more aspects than just the bolt pattern. Below we’ve outlined all the factors you should be aware of for each generation of the 350Z/370Z. These include: center bore diameter, wheel tightening torque, whether lug nuts or bolts are used, and the thread size of the bolts.

We also want to clarify that the below-listed specifications are the same for all models within that generation. The 350Z/370Z, of course, comes in different trim levels and engine options. However, these bolt patterns, lugs used, and torque specifications do not change for other models within a generation.

Furthermore, we also listed the exact tire and rim size used with each engine option to give you a precise idea of what tires you can and cannot buy.

Nissan 350Z Generations

The information stated below holds for both the US and European versions of the 350z.

All generations of the Nissan 350Z have a bolt pattern of 5×114.3mm (5×4.5″) and a wheel with a center bore of 66.1mm. Furthermore, they have five lug nuts with a thread size of M12 x 1.25 that need to be tightened with 73 – 93 ft-lbs (98 – 127 Nm) of force.

Also read: Is The Nissan 350Z A Sports Car? (Answered)

2002 – 2005

  • Nissan 350Z manufactured between 2002 – 2005 have a standard tire size of 225/50ZR17 and a rim size of 7.5Jx17 ET30.

2005 – 2009

  • Nissan 350Z manufactured between 2006 – 2009 have a standard tire size of 225/50ZR17 and a rim size of 8Jx18 ET30.

Nissan 370Z Generations

All generations of the Nissan 370Z have a bolt pattern of 5×114.3mm (5×4.5″) and a wheel with a center bore of 66.1mm. Furthermore, they have five lug nuts with a thread size of M12 x 1.25 that must be tightened with 80 ft-lbs (108 Nm) of force.

2009 – 2012

  • US and European versions of the Nissan 370Z with a 3.7 Nismo engine have a standard tire size of 245/40ZR19 and a rim size of 9.5Jx19 ET40.
  • US versions with a 3.7i engine have a standard tire size of 225/50ZR18 or 245/40ZR19 and a rim size of 8Jx18 ET43 or 9Jx19 ET47. European versions have a standard tire size of 225/50ZR18 and a rim size of 8JJx18 ET43.

2013 – 2021

  • US and European versions of the Nissan 370Z with a 3.7 Nismo engine have a standard tire size of 245/40ZR19 and a rim size of 9.5Jx19 ET40 (9.5JJx19 ET40 for EU).
  • US versions with a 3.7i engine have a standard tire size of 225/50ZR18 or 245/40ZR19 and a rim size of 8Jx18 ET43 or 9Jx19 ET47. European versions have a standard tire size of 225/50ZR18 and a rim size of 8JJx18 ET43.

Retightening The Bolts

As you saw above, all generations of 350Z/370Z have a total of five lug nuts that need to be secured. Once your wheel has been replaced, it’s important to tighten these lugs properly. The owner’s manual of the 350Z/370Z states that these lug nuts should be tightened in a crisscross sequence, as shown in the image below.

You do this by tightening all the nuts with a wheel wrench first. I like this wrench on Amazon in particular because it fits all bolt sizes for cars and trucks and is quite affordable. Please make sure only to tighten them halfway; otherwise, you’ll run into problems.

In a second round, you tighten them all thoroughly. This will make sure that all lug nuts are put on evenly. You should tighten the wheel lugs to the exact Nm stated earlier.

Furthermore, your wheel likely has a cover or center cap. After tightening all the bolts, this should be tightened as well. Tighten all five plastic caps hand snug, then tighten them with the wheel wrench an additional one-quarter turn.

Finally, you should carry out one more safety check after 30 miles (48 kilometers). Make sure that all the lug nuts are still secured in place and that the right pressure is still applied to them. If not, tighten the bolts again and recheck them after the same number of miles.

When Or Why To Rotate/Change Tires

If you’re looking to replace your tires, it’s also essential to know precisely when to rotate and change tires. Changing a tire should happen every time the tread wear indicators become visible, as indicated in the image below. This occurs when the tires have only 1.6 mm (1/16 in) or less tread remaining. With most tires of the 350Z/370Z, this means they will need to be replaced every 60,000 – 75,000 miles or 4-5 years.

Another moment when you’ll need to take off the lug nuts of the wheels or when you need to replace tires is when you’re rotating them. In the owner’s manual of the 350Z/370Z, it’s stated that tires should be rotated every 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers). Furthermore, it’s advised that you rotate the tires in the exact way shown in the image below. You move the front tires to the rear and the back tires to the front while switching sides.

Also read: The Weight Of A Nissan 350Z and 370Z

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