In Reply to: Nitrous is just as safe as TC or SC if.... posted by M3Dave on January 10, 2000 at 19:15:31:
on 1 of his 2 engines ruined by nitrous, it was a mistake that couldnt happen on tc or sc. while car was sitting at strip. bottle valve was open, and somehow, or someone inadvertently mashed throttle to wot. dont know if done by hand at throttle body or if by peddle pushed to floor. at any rate, soon thereafter when key was turned in ignition... kabooooooommmmm. like a bomb going off!!! car had to take a ride on a tow truck. as an interesting side note, when the engine was disected later, some of the pistons were found to have actually shrunk from their original size. that was weird!
on his mustang,, we dont know what happened in particular, but one piston ventilated. it really had a hole in it, yet the engine still ran. although it had a noticible miss and a air whooshing sound from that cylinder.
there are plenty of cars that don't have nitrous problems... its just that 2 were very close to home. next door as a matter of fact.
: Used correctly and reasonably. It prvides HP the same way as SC or TC,only not forced. You have to be smart and maintain the system correctly and make sure you enrich the fuel mixture if you are going beyond the capabilities of your stock fuel system. The Yahoos of the muscle car era gave nitrous a bad rap IMHO. The only drawback to NOS is the fact that you have to refill the bottle every now and then.But the frequency will be determined by how much WOT you use.