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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-07-2008, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Tire Siping 101

Well I finally did it! I cut a bunch of slashes in my Mickey Thompson MTZ's


The art of Tire Siping (pronounced SY-PING) is to allow the tread to flex and conform to the ground easier, in wet and icy conditions, the siping cuts help to cut through the water and allow contact with the surface below. They also help dissipate heat and prolong tire life.(supposedly)

I like deep snow and mud tires are best for it but they suck on ice so this should hopefully help wonders.

I'm a little skeptical on the whole prolonged tire life thing, I think there would be little to no difference good or bad unless your thread blocks end up chunking.


I did this myself because they are not regular tires and a shop would have done the entire tire which can cause chunking to the exterior threads. That is why I only did the inner threads.

I got a hobby utillity knife set, chose my prefered blade that would prevent me from going anymore than 1/4" deep into the thread.

I then chose my pattern according to the threads and decided to put three sipes per block.

I tried with and without the use of heat and I must say, heat your blade unless you want cramped hands and possible bloody fingers due to the blade slipping while your putting force and pressure.

It took me about 20-30minutes a tire, did it free hand. Doesn't look like much but when you run your hand down the tire you feel every little cut. Total cost 10$ and some time. I will keep these as winter tires and use my BFG mud's for summer(not siped)

What the fresh cut's look like, they should permanently open up a little after a some use.



And this is how easy it is
My Siping Clip

Links that helped me out
Full explanation

Animation of siping Bottom of page says click here

Good forum discussion about siping

You tube Vid Before & After test


I only drive in the city, to get out of it!!!

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That's a great little how to. I'm sure there's gonna be a few that try that. Siping is gonna help any tire. Good job!!!!

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Nice, Let us know how this works out

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Great post bush I should try this with my muds as they suck in the cold and wet . I made this a sticky in the Sticky Tech/How to Section. We actually have a good number of member made DIY write-ups, keep up the great work guys.
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I'm gonna try this with my LTBs. Any regrets yet, have the sipes opened up, have you had them on ice yet?

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They did open up a bit so far. I do notice a difference a little on wet pavement but I can still squeal'em if I want wet or dry. Haven't had a shot at ice yet gonna rotate the tires before winter also front tires have a little catching up to do.

No regrets yet makes the tires look a little meaner too once the sipes start opening. Only got to drive the truck for three days after doing it before I took off for work, more testing to come....I heard we finally are getting snow back home maybe I will get lucky and find some ice....2-3 feet of good solid snow were I am 95% of the lakes are completely frozen too was -22 without wind today.....brrrr


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I'm doing mine in the morning, I'll post pics.

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Well I got 2 done today. Only got started in the afternoon and I am drawing mine on before cutting. Getting between 2-6 cuts per lug.

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Keep us posted...I did mine in two sessions too gets kind of monotonous.


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And hard on the fingers. I'm heading out there in a bit to finish up, should go faster now that I have my routine figured out.

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