So I had a thought.. Rear shock nitrogen charging solutions

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2/12/2018 9:41 AM

So I had an idea but im not sure if it will work. In paintball they use 4500 psi nitrogen tanks (like the tank below). I was wondering if there was any possible way to set up a regulator/ filling station for rear shocks out of one of these tanks? I don't see why not as it will hold more than enough air. The problem is setting it up... Any ideas?


2/12/2018 9:42 AM



2/12/2018 12:14 PM

I don’t see why not. You’d have to set up a regulator and hose type connection.


If you're not mixing gas, you're not haulin ass.

2/13/2018 9:50 AM

This is what I got for my tank. Was a bit larger than yours, but less pressure, and you'd have to make sure the connections are compatible. Works very well.


2/13/2018 8:01 PM

You'll need some place to fill the tank with nitrogen. Many places will not fill a tank that is not intended for the purpose, etc. It might be just as easy to pay the deposit and get the tank from the gas place. I bought my own tank about 20 years ago. It's a 65cf tank, comes up a few inches above your knee. I've probably filled over 100 shocks with it and it still has over 7,000psi in it. Pretty sure it will last the rest of my life.


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2/13/2018 8:09 PM

Honestly nitrogen is freely available. Pump air via a hi pressure bicycle pump or one of those air fork pumps is sufficiently dry. Giving nitrogen a grade of A the pump air would be an A-.


2/13/2018 8:44 PM

Those aren't really nitrogen tanks, they're hpa. High Pressure Air. Aka normal air, which is mostly nitrogen...
You can play paintball and get it filled for free right before you leave. I usually top my tank off before leaving the field. Good to have air at home for working on the guns.


2/13/2018 8:47 PM

Also the tanks have a regulator on them. Ninja and some others sell their tanks with adjustable regulators. Not sure what the lowest limit would be though


2/13/2018 11:50 PM

Look to the aviation field. My dad has a small tank for his planes and we use it for shock rebuilds when needed.