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Old 10-06-2005, 10:00 PM   #1
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Tire inflation with nitrogen

I caught the end of a news story about Costco filling their customer tires with nitrogen instead of air. The reason being it was slower to leak out in a puncture and also helped improve gas mileage (don't know why). Anyone out there putting nitrogen in their tires? If so, has it helped out in these areas?
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Hiya -- Knew I'd seen this before. Actually quite a few responses come up if you search on 'nitrogen.' The following thread seems to have a lot of variety -- conclusions? You be the judge. http://www.airforums.com/forum...ead.php?t=4975
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Old 10-06-2005, 10:30 PM   #3
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I use plain old air, but you can find some links and info here on other gasses for inflation.

http://www.airforums.com/forum...light=nitrogen
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Being as air is about 73% (or something like that) nitrogen, I doubt that it will slow leaking down at all. But being as nitrogen is inert - it might slow down internal corrosion (if that makes a difference). Tires wear faster than they degrade anyway.
The only benefit I can see is that nitrogen would be dry - no moisture in the tire. Sure is a lot of expense and trouble to do that. Much easier to just put dry air in.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:14 AM   #5
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Hey - if steel balls can help balance a tire - why not a cup of water??
(I don't remember where on the forums I read that putting steel balls in the tire makes them ride smoother. Did a search and found nothing).
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Buttah -- It was Pahaska that wrote about the steel balls. He really liked them. Probably in one of the numerous balancing threads. We'll keep this bouncing -- somebody will have the name...

Racing? You can get gas cylinders anywhere you travel. It might be more convenient than carrying your own compressor around the country, then stomping on another cord in the pits, etc.
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Here is the link to what Pahaska was talking about way back when:

http://www.centramatic.com/
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When I was in the Air Force, we used nitrogen in the aircraft tires. I would highly recomend it for anyone who plans to take their Airstream to 43,000 feet at supersonic speeds.
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How well do those tow? I'd worry about singeing the front window protector.
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Wouldn't it make the trailer lighter?
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Try helium.
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I took a look at that balancer - it looks like it would really work! I thought the balls went into the tire. That didn't make sense to me.

They have a nice video showing how the balancer works - pretty cool!!
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. . . . I thought the balls went into the tire. That didn't make sense to me.
It works if the balls are very small. Here is a link to balancing beads:http://www.innovativebalancing.com/service.htm
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O.K. - now this is one that I don't understand how it works. I'll have to look into it more.

Nice little piece about nitrogen there...
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