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Old 05-12-2009, 12:11 AM   #1
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helium in tires

The other day I went to my friends house...told me he had helium in his tires...and that its what people use at the track...im new to that...sooo how good is it...and whats its down points...

also where do you get helium for your tires?
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:15 AM   #2
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i've never heard of helium.
i have heard of nitrogen tho
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:16 AM   #3
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Some folks use nitrogen in their tires. Racers prefer nitrogen because doesn't contain water vapor and, therefore, the pressures don't vary as much as compressed air as the tire heats up.
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ha. im puttin cool whip in mine, cause its light and fluffy
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:19 AM   #5
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your friend was either pulling your chain, or is an idiot.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:20 AM   #6
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he might have said nitrogen...hahaha i dunno one of the gases on the periodic table...

where do i get nitrogen?
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so your bike will float...duh!
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he might have said nitrogen...hahaha i dunno one of the gases on the periodic table...

where do i get nitrogen?
nah, it was prolly neon. that stuff works great in tires.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:24 AM   #9
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does it make it easier to do wheelies?
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are you riding that 14 at the track?? ...unless ur really getting competitive in racing you dont need nitrogen.

however if you really want it, just to say you have it or whatever.. most car dealerships have it, some tire shops
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:31 AM   #11
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im not riding at the track but for instance in houston there is such a big temp change within a few hours sometimes that tire pressure is affected a lot more...would it help with that?
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I thought because it was lighter? idk, its midnight and my brains fried from finals
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is thtis real or haha? imean....heliuum?
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is thtis real or haha? imean....heliuum?
i had just gotten home from work...so i wasn't thinking ...but i meant nitrogen
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nitrogen is a completely inert and non flammable gas. (on its own)
and has been used for years in the aircraft industry, (being used in the tires, among many other things) due its inertness, oxidation properties (or lack of), and lack of moisture.

i used the stuff daily for 6 years. thats what i used for gas testing subsea oil wellheads with to 22,500 PSI... BOOM..

but to be honest i cant think of any practical reasoning for use in a street tire. (other than for bragging rights..?) dunno
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ah, forgot.... nitrogen is marginally lighter than oxygen. but it is HIGHLY compressible, more so than air. if you filled two tires up with matching P.S.I. one with air, and one with nitrogen,the nitrogen tire is going to have a larger amount of compressedvolume, compared to the oxygen. but if the tire was to ever blow out...your asking for it. being a a dry gas, it has more consistency, compared to oxygen (water vapor)

so as other poster stated above, it may just be for greater volume consistency..
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ha. im puttin cool whip in mine, cause its light and fluffy
I don't know about tires, but you can't have a pie without cool whip.

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i didnt realize its been common practice yet for dealerships. I hadn't found any with nitrogen units yet.
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