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    Anyone use Nitrogen instead of Air in their Air Shocks?

    like used in most other shock applications

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    Different types of seals aren't they. Most other shock applications use nitro shocks I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Different types of seals aren't they. Most other shock applications use nitro shocks I believe.
    I used to use Nitrox to scuba dive, just wondering why you use it in tires?

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    huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    huh?
    my thought exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    huh?
    Pretty deep question, can't you answer my question or did you not read that far?

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    You question makes 0 sense in the context of the post. I am not talking about tires. If I am wrong about shocks cool, but tires? I am pretty sure I use air.

    Before attempting an insult try and keep the respond in line with the question. If I had come out and said "your underwear is pink" it would have made about as much sense.

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    Scuba diving "Nitrox" is a completely different composition then the Nitrogen gas used in race car tires and shocks...that gas is nearly 100% nitrogen...hence its called nitrogen gas....

    ref the seals...i thought of that but kind of put that though of to the side....

    should have also asked if any of the mountain bike/DH shocks do currently use nitrogen

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    Quote Originally Posted by hank2230
    Pretty deep question, can't you answer my question or did you not read that far?
    did you skip the whole theoretical part of getting Nitrox certified?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    You question makes 0 sense in the context of the post. I am not talking about tires. If I am wrong about shocks cool, but tires? I am pretty sure I use air.

    Before attempting an insult try and keep the respond in line with the question. If I had come out and said "your underwear is pink" it would have made about as much sense.

    Nitrogen is used in hi performance tire applications b\c for a given delta temp change there is a smaller delta pressure change in the tire then if regular atmospheric air was used....one of the reasons being there is no water vapor in Nitrogen...and in compressed air there is a water vapor

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    I remember reading something on ridemonkey that nitro wouldn't work in pure air shocks because it would seap through the seals. Not 100% sure though.

    Aren't most coil overs nitro? Also I believe a lot of shocks use remote resevoirs that do use nitro. Avy DHS is one that is built like that. Fox Vanilla is also a shock that has a nitro charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEsco48
    Nitrogen is used in hi performance tire applications b\c for a given delta temp change there is a smaller delta pressure change in the tire then if regular atmospheric air was used....one of the reasons being there is no water vapor in Nitrogen...and in compressed air there is a water vapor
    Which makes total sense. I do understand the reasoning, just not the context in relation to your question about air shocks on bikes. Maybe I just don't see why the statement pertains.

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    i was gonna say that, a lot of race cars inflate the tires and such with nitrogen, supposed to be less intensive then air.
    "I'm; young enough to know the right car to buy yet grown enough not to put rims on it. I got that 6-deuce, with curtains, so you can't see me and I didn't even have to put tints on it."

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    Nitrogen in tires always cracks me up. The Earth's atmosphere is 78% nitrogen. In order to get 100% nitrogen in a tire, you would also first have to remove any existing air in the tire. It's a waste of time.

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    Do you even have a clue what you're talking about? Nitrogen is compressed and put into tires through an air hose, just like air, so how is that a waste of time? Also even if it is a little harder to do the performance gains in the world of racing (automoblie atleast) are worth the cost. The difference of 2-3 PSI in a tire could completely screw up the handling of a race car which could prove to be potentially dangerous. As nitrogen is heated it expands much less than typical air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Which makes total sense. I do understand the reasoning, just not the context in relation to your question about air shocks on bikes. Maybe I just don't see why the statement pertains.
    on a 5 mile decent, a shock might cycle 2000 times...that generates heat which causes expansion...and that heat is also transfered to the oil (in an oil/air shock)...if the oil boils....the shock fails due to the air bubbles int he oil....

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    Again thats its purpose. But why did the other guy pull in the reference. I completely understand WHY it is needed but the reference still makes no sense.

    I meantioned seals and he mentions my tires? The line of thought doesn't apply. You wanted to know about shocks and he mentioned tires. oh well looks like this is a gigantic line of miscommunication. I am out. My response is above. There are other people here who likely know the principle of nitro in air shocks better than I do. I still remember there being a leakage issue in the seal of the shock but couldn't find the reference I was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBehrmann
    Nitrogen in tires always cracks me up. The Earth's atmosphere is 78% nitrogen. In order to get 100% nitrogen in a tire, you would also first have to remove any existing air in the tire. It's a waste of time.
    Yea....thats why we use a non-water based tire bead lubricant when mounting the tires (water based would boil and introduce water vapor, thus neglecting the point of using nitrogen which is dry)....we then evacuate the tire while mounted on the wheel, fill it with nitrogen, evacuate it again and then refill with nitrogen.....

    there can be a delta 2-3psi final difference difference in tire pressure when using air vs nitrogen....you are thinking well you adjust your initial pressure so that the final pressure is the same if you use air or nitrogen....but what you are not realizing is that the less pressure difference between initial and final pressure means there is less difference between a cars handling between initial and final pressure

    to put it into perspective how its not a waste, Formula 1 teams make half (.5) PSI tire pressure changes....

    And when top Formula 1 teams spend between 600 million and 1 Billion USD....its not a waste

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    Nice to see someone knows what they're talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEsco48
    like used in most other shock applications
    nitrogen is used for high heat applications. there is no way forks approach those temps

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    nitrogen is used for high heat applications. there is no way forks approach those temps
    I had heard that on long down hill trails air/oil shocks have been known to crap out......i live in florida so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBehrmann
    Nitrogen in tires always cracks me up. The Earth's atmosphere is 78% nitrogen. In order to get 100% nitrogen in a tire, you would also first have to remove any existing air in the tire. It's a waste of time.
    no its not. of course there is residual air in tire, but you're still pressuring the system with a lot more of the "other" gas. if it troubles someone that much, you can pressurize it then bleed it out and fill again. that eliminate much of the air composition

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEsco48
    I had heard that on long down hill trails air/oil shocks have been known to crap out......i live in florida so...
    they might crap. they never get so hot that you cannot touch them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    they might crap. they never get so hot that you cannot touch them.
    who cares what the actual temp is...if they crap at due to heat> the oil boiling...its hot enough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEsco48
    who cares what the actual temp is...if they crap at due to heat> the oil boiling...its hot enough...
    no...they won't get that hot

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