We’ve written extensively about the Nissan Titan and numerous questions you can have about this car. Today, we will talk about the information you need to have to select the correct new tires or rims for your Nissan. 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 Titan have a bolt pattern of 6×5.5 inches (6×139.7mm), a center bore of 3.06 inches (77.8mm), and six lug nuts with a thread size of M12 x 1.25 that need to be tightened with 98 lb-ft (133Nm) of force.
You’ll find the 6×5.5 inch (6×139.7mm) in similarly sized trucks like the Silverado 1500, most generations of the Dodge Ram 1500, or the Toyota Tundra.
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: 13 Common Problems Of A Nissan Titan
Wheel Fitment Specifications Per Generation
To fit a wheel properly on your Nissan Titan, 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 Titan. 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 Titan, 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 Titan 5.6i (200 hp) has a standard tire size of 265/70R18, 275/70R18, or 275/60R20 and a standard rim size of 8Jx18 ET25, 8Jx18 ET23, or 8Jx20 ET23.
- Nissan Titan 5.6i (390 hp) has a standard tire size of 265/70R18 or 275/60R20 and a standard rim size of 8Jx18 ET25 or 8Jx20 ET23.
- Nissan Titan 5.6 (317 hp) has a standard tire size of 265/70R18 or 275/60R20 and a standard rim size of 8Jx18 ET25 or 8Jx20 ET23.
- Nissan Titan 5.6 (317 hp) has a standard tire size of 245/75R17 or 265/70R18 and a standard rim size of 7.5Jx17 ET30 or 8Jx18 ET25.
- Nissan Titan 5.6 (305 hp) has a standard tire size of 245/75R17 or 265/70R18 and a standard rim size of 7.5Jx17 ET30 or 8Jx18 ET25.
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Retightening The Bolts
As said before, most generations of the Nissan that we discussed have six lug nuts. These need to be secured in a specific way when you mount the wheel to the car again. This information is stated in the owner’s manual, but we’ve gone through the effort of instructing you here. Nissan advises you to bolt these nuts in the way that’s shown below. You have to follow a crisscross pattern.
You do this by tightening all the nuts with a wheel wrench first. Please make sure only to tighten them halfway; otherwise, you’ll run into problems.
In the second round, you tighten them with the wheel wrench to the appropriate lbs-ft or Nm that we’ve stated earlier. Please note that the newest generation of the Nissan Titan needs to have the bolts tightened to 98 lb-ft.
It’s expected that your wheel also have a center cap or cover. These need to be secured in the same pattern. Please tighten them first-hand snug with your hands. Then, use the wheel wrench to tighten them another one-quarter turn.
It’s also important to check if the lug nuts are still secured after 30 miles (48 kilometers). Please make sure they are all in place and still tightened with the proper force. If not, tighten them again and recheck. If this keeps happening, you’ll need to replace the wheel.
When Or Why To Rotate/Change Tires
Suppose you’re changing your tire. You also need to know when to change or rotate it precisely. Let’s first talk about changing your tires. Tires usually last around 60,000 – 75,000 miles or 4-5 years. After this period they need to be replaced. Sometimes this happens earlier, and therefore, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the tread wear indicators. These are shown in the image below. These indicators show when the tires have only 1.6 mm (1/16 in) or less tread remaining.
Another occasion when you’ll need to take off your tires is when you’re rotating them. In the owner’s manual of the Titan, it’s said that this needs to happen every 7,500 miles or 12,000 kilometers. It’s advised you rotate the tires in the exact way that’s shown below. The front tires are moved to the back, and the front tires move crisscross to the front.
Diving into the details of bolt patterns isn’t just about gaining some extra car knowledge. It also lets you take ownership of your vehicle’s maintenance, ensuring it stays in top shape for the long haul. It’s like getting to know a friend even better – the more you understand, the stronger the relationship.
But there’s a lot more to consider than just the bolt pattern and we’ve covered everything from the type of fuel that the Titan takes to the most common transmission problems so you know what to expect.
At the end of the day, having a clear understanding of these intricate details, be it the gas types or the bolt patterns, allows you to get the best out of your vehicle. It can make the difference between a ride that just gets you from A to B, and one that does so smoothly, efficiently, and reliably.
It’s always worth investing time to learn about what keeps your vehicle running at its best. So, keep exploring, keep learning, and most importantly, keep enjoying the drive.
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