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: Nitrogen in tires?

03-30-2006, 01:19 PM
Is anybody using nitrogen in their tires on their xlr?
I hear it gives better tire wear and a smoother ride.

03-30-2006, 01:35 PM
never heard of such a thing.
what happens when you have a blow-out?
I don't think I'd be comfortable riding around on 4 nitrogen tanks:nodno

03-30-2006, 01:48 PM
I had it in my car since fall. One point of it is it seeps through the tire at a slower rate. Well this winter all 4 of my tires needed air so there it goes. I don't buy the BS any longer.

03-30-2006, 01:51 PM
They say "we never know who "they" are" so I will just say I have heard there is no problem using nitrogen in tires and if you do it does not escape out of the tires as fast as air does.

Blaise :flag

03-30-2006, 02:53 PM
The practice really came from the trucking industry who feels that nitrogen eliminates oxidation and provides a longer carcass life for re-treads. It's been popularized by some of the racing teams for its ability to lower air loss and being non-flammable. Now a few car amnufacturers are delivering cars with nitrogen-filled tires.

For all intents and purposes - conventional vehicles will gain little from the practice, but if it makes you feel better, then it is better, right?

Always remember the words of Ricardo Montabalm; :It is always better to look good than to feel good."

03-30-2006, 04:06 PM
My buddy the tire/wheel dealer says it's a waste of money.

03-30-2006, 04:31 PM
learn something new everyday.....but sounds as though I wasn't missing out on much

03-30-2006, 06:05 PM
our dealer is doing it for free for service customers who bought their cars there. My son got it in his Impala today and swears that the car rides much smoother. The service manager said it should help with tread wear and mileage.

03-30-2006, 06:08 PM
Its amazing you qouted Ricardo Montabalm who came up with corinthien leather about 5 minutes from shooting the commercial and everyone was asking for it. You can't always believe what you hear.

03-30-2006, 08:29 PM
I hope everyone realizes that the atmosphere around us (the air) is already composed of 78% Nitrogen. The balance is 21% Oxygen and 1% of a combination of 14 other low level gases. So all of us using air for tire inflation are already heavy Nitrogen users.

03-30-2006, 08:43 PM
learn something new everyday.....but sounds as though I wasn't missing out on much

You don't need no stinkin nitrogen to make those wheels look good. :cheers

03-30-2006, 09:39 PM
I ran it in the tires of one of my crotch rockets for a set of tires and it did seem to hold pressue better and the tires got a bit better life riding in the Arizona heat at speeds. Not sure it would benefit a passenger car unless you did a lot of extended high speed runs. I can't imagine how it would help improve the ride.

03-31-2006, 06:04 AM
Most of those who use nitrogen do it to eliminate water vapor. The pressure difference between a hot tire and a cold one is much less and more predictible with no water vapor. Important for racing... not much for daily driving.

03-31-2006, 09:48 AM
At my buisness,Discount tire co. we provide it free to everyone,the best attribute is its ability to lessen air loss,hence providing constant air pressure,which in turn improves gas mileage,at $3.00 a gallon its a good idea. currently I am getting 17.9 to 19 miles to a gallon on my 2004 xlr, unless of course I put my foot into it.