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Winter is fast approaching and my tires are in sorry shape... I have the XE V6 4x4 with 15" wheels, and as a bit of a noob to all of this I'm having a bit of a hard time figuring out how to read tire dimensions and convert them from metric despite all the resources on the web. Anytime I plug my car into a shop online they want me to stick with the 265/70r15 size, but I figure... if I have to buy new tires anyways why not get bigger... I would like to do a small lift with everything stock, but for the meantime I'd like to just work on what I need before sinking money into mostly cosmetic mods.

I did a search and most people are talking about 16" wheels, unfortunately. What are your best recommendations for larger tires, and how much bigger than the recommended size can I go and why? Explain it to me like I'm 5, please, and thanks in advance for your patience...
 

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This is probly the easiest calculator here: https://tiresize.com/metric-tire-conversion/
265/70r15 = 29.6'' x 10.4'' R15
The SE's come factory with 265/70r16 = 30.6'' x 10.4'' R16
SO The SE comes with a 1'' larger tire due to the 1'' larger rim. THERFORE, at a minimum you can go a minimum of 265/75R15 = 30.6x10.4R15 because that size on a 15'' rim takes up the same space as the SE 265/70r16 = 30.6'' x 10.4'' R16.
BUT You can definitely go even bigger than that with no lift. Pretty sure you could get a 31x10.50 tire on there with no problems and maybe bigger than that.
One of the main differences between the XE and SE is simply rim size. You can get SE 16's and throw them on your truck with zero problems. You can even get SC 17's and put them on your truck. You can also get Pathfinder 16's and those work too. You can pick up a full set of 16's at a junkyard for a $ hundo.


How much lift are you planning to do? With a 3'' Body lift you can get 33's on your truck. Trust me i know from experience. I had 285/75r16's on my truck with a 3'' BL only. No rubbing and no problems whatsoever. I've since added a 3'' Suspension Lift on top of that and i'm about to see if i can throw 34's on it.

We just had a similar thread about XE 4x4 tire sizes not even a month ago.
If you haven't seen it already: https://www.clubfrontier.org/threads/anyone-put-235-75r15-on-a-1999-xe-4x4.358798/#post-3807534

Tire Size Calculator: https://tiresize.com/metric-tire-conversion/
Tire Size Chart By Wheel SIze: https://tiresize.com/chart/
Different Tire Sizes and Wheels For the Frontier: https://tiresize.com/tires/Nissan/Frontier/2002/
 

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Awesome, thank you for the detailed response. I did miss that previous post somehow, which also helped. My ride is pretty bouncy so I imagine I’ll need to redo the shocks in the next year, so I’ll almost certainly upgrade to the Bilsteins when the time comes. I don’t think I’ll want more than 2” of lift, so for now the 265/75r15s sound like my most reasonable bet. That’s what I was looking at, I think I somehow misunderstood something and thought my wheels were only 7” wide. Thanks again, I’ll revisit all this after work today.
 
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