Every car loving dork on the planet was watched at least 5 of  the 7 Fast and the Furious franchise. And The one indelible impression that everyone has is the amazing power of “NAAWWWSSSSS” to alter time, space and punch a hole in the known universe by propelling you to hyper speed. While the F&F movies have been the primary means of turning nitrous into this all powerful speed booster, it also contributed to the most gnarliest untruths about it. So let’s run down the top 5 questions that everyone asks about nitrous.

 

Q: Will nitrous blow up my car?
A: Hands down this THE ABSOLUTE NUMERO UNO question of all time. The simple and straight answer is no. Of course the no is dependent upon several factors, the two primary ones are 1) Correct installation of the kit and 2) Correct jetting size. When you buy a nitrous kit, the manufacturer includes jetting combinations for 35, 50 up to 200hp. Most of the stories about engines blowing up is due to the user getting too greedy, because swapping from a 35hp jet to a 200hp jet takes only 5 minutes. As a rule, we never install anything higher than 50hp on a 1.6L engine. 2.0L engines can handle up to 75hp but it’s a case to case basis with each engine, say a Honda K20 versus a Chery anything. Correct installation means that the components are where they should be, say that the nitrous nozzle should be a couple of inches away from the throttle body, fuel lines are tapped and crimped properly and correct bottle placement.

 

Q: Will Nitrous blow up if it gets heated?
A: Undoubtedly the biggest misconception from the movies. Shooting a car equipped with nitrous cause the car to blow up in flames. Blame Hollywood for this one. Nitrous Oxide is a non flammable gas, shooting it will only result it escaping into the atmosphere. Oh here’s a fun fact, shooting an LPG tank doesn’t make it explode either.

 

Q: Will Nitrous affect engine reliability?
A: This is related to question number one above. Kept within the prescribed limits, nitrous theoretically will not cause the engine to wear out faster. And remember, you’re not squeezing nitrous all the time. For street applications, 5 second burst are more than enough to beat the guy on the other lane. As for drag racing, its usually a 15-20 second burst when you reach the end of the quarter mile. I personally like to think of it as Viagra; its there when you need it, and while little willy is gonna get a hell of a workout, he sure isn’t hurt but rather quite enjoyed it.
 

Q: Do I need prior mods to install nitrous?
A: Again, nope! (gee a lot of no answers) Stock engines are actually the best candidates for nitrous, provided of course they are in proper working order, no leaks, no stumbles, etc etc. If there is one mod I would recommend, it’s an aftermarket intake system with a metal tube. The reason for this is that the nitrous nozzle needs something solid to be screwed on to, and last I checked, metal is way stiffer than the stock rubber tubing.

 

Q: I want turbo and nitrous! Is it possible?
A: If your car is turbocharged form the factory, yes by all means! Which means you drive an Evo, Subaru, Silvia, Eclipse etc etc. For cars equipped with an aftermarket turbo kit (uh can you say Civic?), you can’t install nitrous anymore because this will simply be too much for the stock internals. However you can install it as an intercooler sprayer and make cool smoke to impress your friends.