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Old 09-14-2011, 10:33 AM
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Yesterday I had to take my truck to the dealership to get a recall fixed and to get them to check out my TPMS ( It keeps telling me that I have a low tire when they are all aired up). I was talking to the service advisor and he told me with the Nitrogen in the tires, that the pressure actually goes up and down and sometimes gives a false reading. I thought the Nitrogen was supposed to be better than air and correct that problem! Should I let the Nirtogen out and put regular air in the tires? Has anyone else had this issue? I also asked him about warranty issues if I put a bolt on leveling kit and bigger tires. He told me they don't have any problems with doing any of that (The dealership that I actually bought the truck from said to not change tire sizes becuase it affects the final drive ratio). And lastly, I was at a truck accessory store yesterday getting a toolbox installed on my truck and I asked them about leveling kits. The woman told me that it would be $460 installed and realligned. FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY DOLLARS!! That seems kinda high to me considering you can buy kits online for about 100 bucks. Can anyone shed some light on the cost for me??
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Wow, that's a lot of questions!

The pressure in Nitrogen filled tires do not fluctuate any more that tires filled with air (which is 78% nitrogen). Did you notice him reaching behind himself when he answered you 'cause he pulled that answer right out of his ass! While the benefits of Nitrogen filled tires may be negligible, they do exist so don't bleed it out because of that guy. It sounds more likely to be a faulty TPMS sensor.

Changing the tire size does change the final drive ratio so it's one of the factors that you have to consider when you go up in size. Which rear end do you have in your truck (3.55 or 3.92)?

Like anything else, shop around for lift kits. With a shop, the biggest part of the quote will be for labour so if you can do it yourself (minus the alignment) you'll save money. If not, then keep looking but make sure you're comparing apples to apples with the quotes.
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I did get them to check all of the sensors on the tires and everything checked out fine. I believe they even checked the spare tire, too. My truck has the 3.55 gears and once I do the lift I am considering 285's or possibly 315's. I believe once I do the lift that I will give it a shot at installing myself. I have some automotive knowledge and with some basic instructions I think I can get it done.

Sorry for so many questions on this thread. I had so much in my head and wanted to ask some questions that it all came out at one time. But I knew this was the place to come to get my answers.
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Nitrogen primarily eliminated corrosion due to moisture within the tire cavity. It's no more stable than regular O2 when it comes to temp or pressure.

If they quoted the lift kit installed, $460 is about right given 1) the price of the kit, 2) labor to install at their shop rate and, 3) alignment labor.
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I should clarify that your final gear ratio only changes if your tire diameter changes.

Here`s a nice Java tool to compare your present tire size to the ones you`re thinking of going to.

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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I have to ask, just curious

if you take the stock tire, say the diameter is 33 inches & your rear axle ratio is 3.91

& then you decide to change to a 35 inch tire

does your rear axle ratio go closer to 4.11 or more toward 3.73 ??
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If the stock tire was a 33, I believe a 35 would take you to 3.67.
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If changing to a larger diameter tire, it would be like changing the gears to a numerically lower number. Adversely, if changing to a smaller diameter tire, it would be like changing to a numerically higher number.
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