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On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
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  • C8 tires are air filled or nitrogen?

    C7 came with nitrogen and I'm not sure it's worth it. Much harder to find a place to get it, although I miss admit tire pressure doesn't seem to fluctuate much vs air. Just wondering if they come from the factory with nitrogen or air. I've heard arguments both ways.

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    Corvettes come from the factory with good ole Kentucky air. Nitrogen is done by dealers.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by brad66 View Post
      Corvettes come from the factory with good ole Kentucky air. Nitrogen is done by dealers.
      Thanks for the quick response!!! I think I'll skip it this time.

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      • #4
        Nitrogen does not expand or contract like our good ole breathable air... If you purchase a regulator... you can pick up small bottles at Air Products.
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        • #5
          Since good old breathable air is already 78% nitrogen, save your money and worry about something else.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by brad66 View Post
            Corvettes come from the factory with good ole Kentucky air. Nitrogen is done by dealers.
            Which is nothing more than marketing hype.

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            • #7
              The Good Thing about AIR, is it's avalable in large quantities everywhere ... even where you're at anytime any place.
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              • #8
                Nitrogen is a good thing IF you are a competitive racer where keeping tire pressures more stable is important. For me and my 1,700,000 Corvette cousins not on the track, meh.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by UCF.Fan48 View Post
                  Nitrogen does not expand or contract like our good ole breathable air... If you purchase a regulator... you can pick up small bottles at Air Products.
                  Not really true. Google Ideal Gas Law. ALL gasses expand with temperature increase. The benefit to nitrogen is that (properly processed and maintained) it's dry, without the humidity that POA (plain old air) contains. That makes it's pressure change with temperature more consistent and predictable. But it still changes. The predictability is important on a race track, where the practice originated. But if the pressure in your street tires rise 1.1 psi for each 10 degrees of temp, vs. 1.0 or 1.2, it hardly makes a difference. Nor does it matter if your tires go from 30 psi cold to 34 psi hot, vs 33 psi hot.

                  And unless your dealer actually evacuates your tires to 0 psi before filling with nitrogen, you're still going to have some POA and water vapor in the tire anyway.
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                  • #10
                    As to availability, now Costcos that have tire centers, have a set of no fee self-serve nitrogen pumps outside the center.
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                    • #11
                      LOL! All the aforementioned arguments are ones I've heard over and over again. Not saying any of them are wrong!!! But I have a large air compressor in my garage and a pressure gauge, so pretty easy for me to deal with the fluctuations in air pressure as pointed out by meyerweb!! C7 I have now came with it and never bothered to switch. Then again I've only needed to add more twice in 3 years!!

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                      • #12
                        Good thing good ol air is about 78% nitrogen.

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                        • #13
                          I have one car that came with nitrogen and the others didn’t. The first night the temperature drops, I get low pressure warnings on all the cars. Nitrogen does nothing.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Myjestic View Post
                            I have one car that came with nitrogen and the others didn’t. The first night the temperature drops, I get low pressure warnings on all the cars. Nitrogen does nothing.
                            yup all gases expand and contract the same. Now if we fill them with helium there would be a small mass savings.
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                            • #15
                              its about the % of moisture in your air. Nitrogen is processed with dryers and has a very low % of moisture in it. If your compressor has a "wet tank" due to not draining it often, you will add moisture (water) to your tires. Water has a large expansion to temperature ratio, and this is what causes the build up of pressure in your tires when they heat up.
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