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Man I am glad I stumbled upon this forum! I bought my QX56 last Aug,04 and I have 22k on it! It is a driving machine. First off I would like to say that the Nissan Armada is also great. I needed the map and backup camera because I travel alot and frequently tow boats. The laser cruise control is fantastic! I did a 19 hour trip straight through myself last fall non-stop with no problem. Get in the left lane, set the cruise at 78 mph and go!

Tires, I am looking around to get rid of the Contis and will probably go with the Michelin Cross Terrian, there is a website, www.powerdog.com that lets you put in different sizes and see how far off they are from stock. Cooper makes a 285/60 18 Zeon HST, I haven't heard anything good or bad. The Michelin Cross terrans come in 265/70 18. I have heard alot of bad stuff about the Michlein SUV tire. I wish Michlein made the LTX M+S in the right size. This tire is awesome.

Supposedly there will also be a factory brake recall. At 11k my rotors got badly warped. They resurfaced them, but they are beginning to do it again. You will notice this when you apply the brakes and the front end shimmys.

I would also like to put on a custom grill but have had no luck. I would like the tight cross hatched design.The front grill is easy to take off. I did it myself when I put the bug shield on.

I put on the bug deflecta shield from the factory but I first had it painted white to match. Looks great, but clear would be better to paint. Let me know if any one makes one.

I am looking to put on the wood kit next!
 

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cenglebert said:
Man I am glad I stumbled upon this forum! I bought my QX56 last Aug,04 and I have 22k on it! It is a driving machine. First off I would like to say that the Nissan Armada is also great. I needed the map and backup camera because I travel alot and frequently tow boats. The laser cruise control is fantastic! I did a 19 hour trip straight through myself last fall non-stop with no problem. Get in the left lane, set the cruise at 78 mph and go!

Tires, I am looking around to get rid of the Contis and will probably go with the Michelin Cross Terrian, there is a website, www.powerdog.com that lets you put in different sizes and see how far off they are from stock. Cooper makes a 285/60 18 Zeon HST, I haven't heard anything good or bad. The Michelin Cross terrans come in 265/70 18. I have heard alot of bad stuff about the Michlein SUV tire. I wish Michlein made the LTX M+S in the right size. This tire is awesome.

Supposedly there will also be a factory brake recall. At 11k my rotors got badly warped. They resurfaced them, but they are beginning to do it again. You will notice this when you apply the brakes and the front end shimmys.

I would also like to put on a custom grill but have had no luck. I would like the tight cross hatched design.The front grill is easy to take off. I did it myself when I put the bug shield on.

I put on the bug deflecta shield from the factory but I first had it painted white to match. Looks great, but clear would be better to paint. Let me know if any one makes one.

I am looking to put on the wood kit next!
Welcome.
Get BFG 285-65-18 A/T tires instead of the Michelins if you are going to tow. Higher tow rating. Great tires.
Get the new brake rotors. TSB on them. They changed the design and are in stock and under warranty as of this May. Permanent fix.
Grills tough, as is the bug deflector. We have a stainless steel deflector but I don't know if it fits the QX front end.
Qx comes with a lot of wood. What do you want to add?
 

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thanks for the reply

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Welcome.
Get BFG 285-65-18 A/T tires instead of the Michelins if you are going to tow. Higher tow rating. Great tires.
Get the new brake rotors. TSB on them. They changed the design and are in stock and under warranty as of this May. Permanent fix.
Grills tough, as is the bug deflector. We have a stainless steel deflector but I don't know if it fits the QX front end.
Qx comes with a lot of wood. What do you want to add?

I really appreciate your knowledge, you are all over the message board and a big help.
Here is what I have narrowed the tires down to:
Yokohama Geolander, H/t-SG051 for $165 in 275/65-18
BFG ATs for $136 in 275/65-18
Michelin Cross Terrians for $181 in 275/65-18
These seem to be the closest in size I am leaning toward the Yoko's I put a set of Toyo's on the wifes Murano and they are great, maybe the Japs are leapfrogging in technoloy?
I found a grill and wood kit from Burtman Industries, maybe I will ge those for my b-day. Any comments on dealing with Burtman?
I would also like the nonag for the QX56, where to get? how hard to install?
Thanks again!
 

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cenglebert said:
I really appreciate your knowledge, you are all over the message board and a big help.
Here is what I have narrowed the tires down to:
Yokohama Geolander, H/t-SG051 for $165 in 275/65-18
BFG ATs for $136 in 275/65-18
Michelin Cross Terrians for $181 in 275/65-18
These seem to be the closest in size I am leaning toward the Yoko's I put a set of Toyo's on the wifes Murano and they are great, maybe the Japs are leapfrogging in technoloy?
I found a grill and wood kit from Burtman Industries, maybe I will ge those for my b-day. Any comments on dealing with Burtman?
I would also like the nonag for the QX56, where to get? how hard to install?
Thanks again!
Burtman is great
Nonag is for sale in Buy/Sell by someone selling their Mada.
Here's the formula for calculating size.
265-70-18
First number 265 is tire width in milimeters. Divide this by 25 to get inches.
Second number is the height of the sidewall in terms of % of the width of the tread. In this case 265x0.70=185.5mm or 7.4 inches.
Third number is the width of the wheel. Add two sidewalls 14.8(7.4x2) + 18(wheel width) to get overall diameter. This means stock, we have a 10.5" wide, 32.8" tall tire.

We can go up to 33.5 tall and 12.25 wide before modification is needed. If you add the extra inch, you will be off by about 1.1 mph at 70mph on your speedo. (speedo will read 70 and you will be going 71.1)

275-65-18 is 32.3" in diameter. 1/2" smaller in diameter and 1/2" wider. They will look smaller than stock.
285-65-18 is 32.8" in diameter, or same as stock, but 1" wider. They will look beefier.
I have Nittos, owned by Toyo. They don't have a tire that fits well on our 18" stock size.
I'd go to www.tirerack.com to get surveys and reviews on the tires you are looking at.

The BFG is one of the highest rated in A/T tires coming in third of the tires rated.(They don't rate Nittos or Toyos here). http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=ORAT

The Yokos are the top rated All season tire. Better for roads but not as good in snow and off road as the BFG and rated much higher than the Michelins. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=HAS

It depends on what you want out of the tire. If you think the stock size looks small on the mada, you may be disappointed by the look of the Yokos. If you are driving in snow or off road, you also may be disappointed with the yokos. If you don't mind a minor reduction in diameter and want better road manners, go yoko. Michelins will also work but the Yokos will probably be a better tire. Most people just don't like reducing overall tire size on SUVs and trucks.
Hope this helps.
 
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