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Old 09-22-2007, 02:46 PM
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Default Do you use Nitrogen in your tires ?

Do you use Nitrogen in your tires ?

I ask this because I believe it’s a good idea, when I got my new tires for my car at Costco they filled them up with nitrogen and Michelin also recommends the same.

Below are the benefits of using nitrogen instead of all air, but first some facts: the air around us is already 78 percent nitrogen, with 21 percent oxygen and some other gases.

Nitrogen is a much drier than with regular air

Race cars and airplanes use nitrogen in their tires

Nitrogen doesn’t hold water vapor

Nitrogen is friendlier for the interior rubber tire compounds, it’s loses less air than regular air-filled, but lots of leaks happen around the rim of the wheel, so if one has that problem, I guess it doesn’t really matter what one uses, but it won’t corrode wheels again no water vapor

Nitrogen being more stable and less prone to changes in pressure as in heat, and keeps better tire balance, I guess the water vapor again.

The cost: 80 cu ft (approx 40” tall x 10” wide, 35 lbs tank cost filled, $100 to re-fill $15.00

Regulator, you need to cut down the pressure from tanks 3,000 lbs to 100 lbs, cost $50

If you already have a compressor you can use the hose all you need is a quick disconnect fitting, less than $4, if your into SCUBA then you already havethe tank.


What do you think ? Think it’s worth it ?


Ride safe always, nitrogen or regular air in your tires : - )

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Old 09-22-2007, 03:52 PM
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Default RE: Do you use Nitrogen in your tires ?

Nope, I say this because I think its a waste of money.
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:58 PM
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HD recommends the use of synthetic air, ONLY if you are running synthetic oil.
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Old 09-22-2007, 04:04 PM
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HD recommends the use of synthetic air, ONLY if you are running synthetic oil.
Hah, that's hilarious.
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Old 09-22-2007, 04:09 PM
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Default RE: Do you use Nitrogen in your tires ?

"The cost: 80 cu ft (approx 40” tall x 10” wide, 35 lbs tank cost filled, $100 to re-fill $15.00
Regulator, you need to cut down the pressure from tanks 3,000 lbs to 100 lbs, cost $50"

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I'be been riding bikes since 1973:
Number of tires I've had die or become unusable on me due to too much water vapor in them: 0
Number of rims I've lost to rust or corosion: 0
Number of times my tires became unstable due to temperature fluctuations: 0
Number of times per year I have to add air to my tires: 2-3

I'm an aviation mechanic and yes, we use nitrogen in our aircraft tires. While I see the benefits of using it in aircraft tires, for street use I consider it nothing more than just another way to separate people from their money. I've had it at my disposal for free for the last 20 years, and I still won't waste my time putting it in any tire I own.
Everyone gets 78% pure nitrogen in their tires for free. Considering the highest % you'll likely get in a tire (unless you pull a serious vacuum on it before filling) is about 95%, that is an awful expensive 17% of something there's really no documented need for. Even if you got 100% nitrogen in there (impossible, but we'll pretend) you still aren't ahead anything. The tire will wear out long before water vapor damages it beyond use, and with minimal upkeep the rim will last several decades before rust/corrosion makes it unusable. And finally, the limited impact of temp &amp; altitude fluctuations are pretty much irrelevent for most street vehicles.
The $150 you'll spend just to get started will never be recouped, and you stand to gain nothing tangible for your money. A better idea would be to send me $150, and in return I'll send you a Thank You card. At least you'll have a card to show for your money...

As they say- to each his own...
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HD recommends the use of synthetic air, ONLY if you are running synthetic oil.
Yeah, but my dealer told me if you use anything other than HD nitrogen it'll void your warranty. He wasn't joking either- I saw it myself in the white papers...!
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Helps to have bike tires a bit hotter, honestly, which is what you get with regular old air.
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Default RE: Do you use Nitrogen in your tires ?

I'm an automotive tech and service alot of cars. All the cars with green valve caps come in with low pressure just like ones the with regular air in them!
Race cars and airplanes can use it, but I have to say its a waste of money for the street. I thought you going to say it saves gas.
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Default RE: Do you use Nitrogen in your tires ?

Now, if I were gonna go for some sort of exotic mixture....It would be helium.

Anything to reduce unsprung weight, ya know !!
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