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Hello Everyone! My wife and I bought an '04 Xterra SE/SC 4x4. I don't profess to know squat about cars and even less about tires and rims.

Soooo I have a few questions.
Our stock tires are P265/65/R17 and are in need of replacing.

1) When buying the winter tires there is no "P" prefex. Is this important? Will 265/65/17 fit or cause a problem? When selecting A/T tires, yes there is a "P" prefex.

I am thinking of buying rims to go with the winter tires. I know they are 17" inch rims but don't know the depth (6 bolt config) or the bolt spacing.
2) Does anyone know what type of rims should be used? The dealer is asking questions I can't answer.

The front wheels have the auto locking hubs.
3) If I purchase generic rims will this affect the auto locking mechinism? The front rims look very different from the back wheels.

I hpoe someone can help me sort this stuff out.
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oh and the P makes no difference with the size. if you get those steel rims the stock oem size for that is 265/70r15 you can also run 265/75/r15 and if you also want to know im not sure about the center bore dimension but our back spacing is 5.0
 

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The P is for passenger, it is for the load ratings not for the size. Just about everyone that I know use a LT, which is a light truck, with a load rating of C-D. Anything over load D is really for 3/4 ton or better, and a bunch of overkill for us.

For wheels any 15-17 inch wheel with 6 on 5.5 with the right backspacing will work as long as it is hubcentric.

Oh and the wheels on the front are the same as the back, you are looking at a center cap that is different to take the front hub into consideration.
 

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Thanks guys :)

The 5.5 is for the bolt depth or amount of seperation between the bolts?
And this means I can use just about any 17" rims on the front end even with the autolocking hub?

I know I could get some cheap winter rims, but here we have snow for 6 months of the year... yuck! So I would like something decent.

I had a Toyota 4-Runner before and it only lasted 1 year :( Had 3 slides in the winter using a new pair of A/T tires. Didn't crash it badly.. it just rusted out in the end because of all the salt.

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My stock P265/65/R17 basicly = 265/65/R17 with a load rating of 112 (2469lbs / 1120kg)
No problem with fit.
 

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Thanks guys :)

The 5.5 is for the bolt depth or amount of seperation between the bolts?
And this means I can use just about any 17" rims on the front end even with the autolocking hub?

I know I could get some cheap winter rims, but here we have snow for 6 months of the year... yuck! So I would like something decent.

I had a Toyota 4-Runner before and it only lasted 1 year :( Had 3 slides in the winter using a new pair of A/T tires. Didn't crash it badly.. it just rusted out in the end because of all the salt.

Sooo ...
My stock P265/65/R17 basicly = 265/65/R17 with a load rating of 112 (2469lbs / 1120kg)
No problem with fit.

Maybe we can help. 6x5.5 is also known as 6x139.7 The 6 refers to the number of lugs and the 5.5 or 139.7 refers to the distance between each stud (on center).

When selecting a wheel you want to make sure the spokes will clear the brakes of your vehicle and you also want to make sure the wheel's offset is correct to keep your tires from rubbing or sticking out further than you want.

Our web site takes some of the guessing out of this for you. Enter your vehicles year, make and model into our website, the wheels and tires that you are shown after that are approved and will fit your vehicle.

Here's a great place to learn about tires and wheels. Click the link that says reading the sidewall of your tire. There's a lot of really good info there.

Discount Tire Info Center

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also if you want you can get American racing or cragar rims i know the 15" rims they would stick out but will allow for a wider tire wider tire = a bigger footprint. and for snow look for knobby tires for snow ill have my 31X10.5 tires at just shy of 28psi but im not doing any highway driving and i dont go pass 30 mph and i dont have problems
 
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