Pros and Cons of Nitrogen Gas for Tyres

by Deepak on April 8, 2010

Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few years, you would have heard about nitrogen gas for tyres. Here is more information about the same…

Pros:

  • Nitrogen reduces the running temperature of the tyre. The moisture content of nitrogen leads to a cooler running tyre, which is advantageous when the car or bike is operating at its maximum load and speed capacity.
  • Nitrogen in tyres improves the ride quality. That gas is very slightly lighter than air and thus, benefits the tires in terms of un-sprung weight.
  • It is assumed that Nitrogen increases tyre life. It reduces the operating temperature during times of load and speed and thus, enhances the life of a tyre.
  • It is believed that nitrogen keeps tyre pressures more constant. The gas is assumed to provide more stable pressure range in connection to the tyre temperature. However, again, the factor is applicable in times of heavy load/high-speed conditions.
  • Tyres are susceptible to loss of pressure as a result of being porous in nature. Due to its chemical structure, Nitrogen leak out slowly as compared to compressed air. Therefore, it slows the rate of pressure loss.
  • Oxygen reacts with the tyre and rim materials causing oxidation or the rust formation in the metal parts. Nitrogen, being an inert gas, does not react with the tyre and rim materials.

Cons:

  • Inflating tires with Nitrogen is quite costly.
  • Filling tyres with nitrogen requires more maintenance as compared to compressed gas.
  • The availability factor is the biggest disadvantage of inflating tyres with nitrogen, as the gas is not readily available. It is usually found only with specialist tyre dealers.
  • Generally it is not that much advantageous in case of commuter bikes. Moreover 78% of air is itself nitrogen. It is advantageous only in case of Formula cars, High speed racing cars & motorcycles & High load carriage vehicle.

Regards,
Mahavir Kothari

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star4ulove April 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

Nice to have such information to normal Users of cars and Bikes. thanks..

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TerrorBiker April 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

Great Info…

But, I heard that cars give out good mileage figures after filling up with Nitrogen. Is it true?

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Sohel April 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

have used dis gas on my FZ tyres and to my surprise the tyres kept on getting punchured and i figured it out that there is some thing wrong wit dis gas n got removed it. Now the tyres doesnt trouble me n e longer.

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Des May 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Did you use dis gas or your own gas?

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ShitMan June 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I filled y tyres with FARTING GAS and boo! the bike is now flying, i’m not kidding, i havd done this on a Karizma ZMR and its giving me an amazing mileage of 100KMPL.. Also the bike handling is very great. Wheels wont wear out as well, and once you fill it, leave it because you wont never ever need to check pressure of refill it again… it is such a powerful gas… :D

fas April 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I guess Nitrogen is just a recent hype. Let it cool and then see what happens.

P.S It takes time to fill too.

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Vikram April 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Thats a great article. It clears many myths about filling nitrogen gas. I have a doubt. When I’m filling nitrogen for the first time what would they do? Empty out all the compressed gas first and refill?

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mandeep February 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

yea..

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Vinothkumar R April 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm

yes, couple of days back only i filled nitrogen gas for my car for first time, they released the compressed air from the tyre and filled the nitrogen gas, and the topup of nitrogen gas for one year will be at free of cost.

Prashant May 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Vikram: yeah they depressurize your tires and fill in Nitrogen.

Nitrogen tires run cooler, so it’s advantageous if you do extremely long distances everyday. At 10 bucks per refill, and 60+ km a day on the bike at speeds which are 60-70, I think I’m justified in using it.

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Prashant May 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm

@sohel: Nitrogen doesn’t cause puntcures.. Whatever was causing your puntures is some reason other than nitrogen..

I guess the FZ runs on tubeless, so if you had a puncture before, maybe that wasn’t fixed properly. Or maybe it was just the heat. The summer’s been really horrid this time ’round. :)

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santhosh July 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Hi,
I have bought a new FZS last 3 weeks backs can any one tell what is excat tire pressure for this bike company say 29fornt and 33 back.. i have filled wiht nitrogen ..its good for tube less tire.. pls reply me

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Amrit July 31, 2010 at 10:01 am

@ Santosh
nitrogen is bullshit thing i too have FZS…. thought of filling once but someone told me it is worthless…
Simple compressed air itself has 78% nitro

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sanThosh June 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Could you please say me the exact tire pressure for CBZ Xtreme…

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Gopu September 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

front 20psi back 33psi (with pillon driving)

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Gopu September 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

sorry, front 29psi back 33psi (with pillon driving)

biker July 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

79% of air which goes in our tyres already comprises of nitrogen. i wonder how the remaiining 21% is going to make a difference ! :)

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Yogesh Sethi June 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Dear .21% impurity in gas can make a big difference–you are talking about 21 %.In automobile sector most of the compressor are filled with nitrogen only(99.999% Pure Nitrogen)In food industry they used to fill nitrogen in packs again 99.999% pure—-

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Saket March 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

78% of air has nitrogen but its an inert and lighter gas, so is found almost 20 to 25 kms above earth’s surface. So, the simple compressed air in tyres comprises of mainly oxygen, carbon dioxide and carbon mono-oxide . :)

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Alfy July 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

I filles nitros to my accent..its working fine no defects….people go ahead wit the nitros for the car its doing well

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Alfy July 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

I filled nitros to my Hyundai Accent..its working fine no defects….people go ahead wit the nitros for the car its doing well…i paid 200 bugs for 5 tyres

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Durgesh Patel July 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I don’t know what is it that FZ owners are against Nitrogen. Nitrogen increases fuel average and that alone is a justified reason for switching to nitrogen.

Regarding the argument that Normal air contains 77% Nitro. The remaining 23% will make all the difference, since 100% Nitro 27 times slow(Nitrogen molecules are bigger then air molecules) then normal air. The only real issue in my view is the availability.

Go for Nitro!!!

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Venkatachalam September 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I was charged Rs.60/- for first time and a top up Rs.40/- at Santhi Service Stastion, Meenabmakkam Chennai. Is it really so costly?

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abhijit September 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I was charged 40 bugs with first top free …….
No issue against

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dinesh September 29, 2011 at 11:24 am

from a rubber technoligist point of view, butyl rubber has low permeability for nitrogen. go for nitrogen.
we can go

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abi January 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

i have royal enfield with alloy wheels on it.i am thinking of nitro in it.please comment……….

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Pran January 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I filled Nitro on my i-10 2 months back ,in 2 months it leaked 5-8psi is it normal rate of reduction for nitro. i topped it up with normal air , is it right?

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Kumar April 23, 2012 at 9:37 pm

hey guys… no matter u like it or not ifu see the fuel price rather u can give some 50 Rs and change it to nitro really its worth i have a karizma i can feel suspension in indian roads

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Ketan May 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I’m would like to fill nitrogen in my motorbike……This article cleared my questions……..

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kartheek July 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

great to see this article.. But i dint found an ans for fuel consumption.
Using nitrogen gas increases fuel economy.as weight decreases of tyres.. Waiting for helpfull reply

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SHYAM October 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

i would like to fill nitrogen in my bike tyres, my friend already used it , he says: it feel uncomfortable while riding in above 60kmh , the bike loss it control and it realy difficult to handling at time of sudden breake………. is it true ???????????
pls, clarify…………

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Kishore December 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Friends,
I filled Nitro gas in my SPARK Car, tyre sound is like Race car. no Smooth sound and its costly too.

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