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    Question Nitrogen filled tires on Suburban / Yukon XL ??

    Hey all, I was wondering if anyone out there has filled their tires with nitrogen on their Suburban/Yukon XL ?? I work for a new Acura dealer and they have some mighty big claims about the benefits. Their claims are as follows- The nitrogen filled tires maintain air pressure better with much less fluxuation resulting in TPMS lights going off, Nitrogen keeps the tires 20% cooler, Nitrogen filled tires use less fuel, they extend the life of the tires, they improve ride and performance, reduces tire failure by as much as 80%, and increase gas mileage by as much as 2-3 miles per gallon. I'm wondering how much of this is fact or fiction ? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks all.

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    IMHO, nitrogen filled tires make money for the dealer and nothing more. YMMV


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    The facts are true. More constant air. better tire wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackburb View Post
    IMHO, nitrogen filled tires make money for the dealer and nothing more. YMMV
    This, times infinity.

    Think about it: the atmosphere is over 70% nitrogen and temperature and pressure vary greatly around the world. What makes you think it's any different inside your tires? Nitrogen is CHEMICALLY inert but that doesn't mean it's immune to the laws of physics. Temperature and pressure are PHYSICAL properties, regardless of the gas or compound. Again, nitrogen is only immune to chemical reactions, not physical reactions, like temp and pressure.

    Just like Shell putting nitrogen in their gas. That's a bigger waste of money than nitrogen in your tires.
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    Found this info from Jay Leno


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    "It's free, it's everywhere"? How is it free? How do you get your air at home from 80% nitrogen to 100% nitrogen? I've mounted and dismounted many, many tires over the years and I never found water inside one - ever. I call bullsh*t. FWIW, I like Jay Leno. I appreciate his love of cars/trucks/bikes. I read his column in PoP Mech. But that sounds like a paid endorsement or more of the rich Hollywood socialist tree-hugging propaganda. Do what you want with your money, I'll keep using N80.

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    I have nitrogen in my Michelins on my yukon xl. It came free when I bought the tires. I notice a major difference over the old tires. BUT, these tires are new, not old bald tires that were on it before. So, I am betting that the ride quality comes from the new tires not the nitrogen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikey View Post
    I have nitrogen in my Michelins on my yukon xl. It came free when I bought the tires. I notice a major difference over the old tires. BUT, these tires are new, not old bald tires that were on it before. So, I am betting that the ride quality comes from the new tires not the nitrogen
    How in the hell would nitrogen make for a better ride than air? I will be waiting for an answer.
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    They claim that because nitrogen is a larger molecule the ride quality is better. I doubt that with my 6,300 lb truck sitting on them.

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    Gas pressure is gas pressure. It's not different simply because of the molecule that comprises the gas. 35 psi = 35 psi, period.

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