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Tire siping

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by tractorbill, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. tractorbill

    tractorbill Member
    Messages: 65

    Do any of you guys ever sipe your own snow tires for better traction?
  2. scottplowman

    scottplowman Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I do, I think it helps a lot. My dad was a field serviceman for Caterpillar in Spokane WA for 25 years. They siped the tires on all their service trucks, was a given. He went way up in the woods to logging sites, out all winter. Also I think he told me once tires last longer because they run cooler. Or maybe someone else. Or maybe I dreamed that.
  3. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    I had some Goodyear Wrangler MT's, which were horrible on ice and hardpack, siped. They worked excellent after the siping.

  4. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Been running sipped tires for about 15yrs, not only do they grip better on all winter road conditions they also reduce tire noise and run cooler so the don't wear out as quick.
    The cool thing about sipping is you can make a marginal tire into a pretty decent one.
    Cost is about $15 per tire.
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I cant find ANY one to sipe tires on the east cost
  6. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Tires Plus did mine. Don't know if you have one near you, though.

  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Have you tried Town Fair Tire, I know they're all over New England.
    My brother in Ct has used them for 25+yrs and they sound like a pretty good outfit.
    I've been dealing with Discount Tire since the early 80's and they turned me on to siping.
  8. tractorbill

    tractorbill Member
    Messages: 65

    I can't find any place that does it either. I am going to buy a tool and do my own.
  9. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    You can probably just use a utility knife to slice/sipe the lugs, the tools I've seen at the tire shops look like a handheld mini deli meat slicer.
  10. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Yeah, let me know how that works out for ya!!

  11. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    Not saying it would be fun but it is doable if you have the patients and time.
  12. ratherbfishin

    ratherbfishin Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    what the hell is siping?Been around for a while and never heard of siping!
  13. Workaholic

    Workaholic Member
    Messages: 55

    Im with this guy!

  14. tractorbill

    tractorbill Member
    Messages: 65

    siping is small cuts that are made in the lugs of tires. It softens the rubber and makes it more pliable and runs cooler. checkout the high performance snow tires made today.
  15. Mabepossibly

    Mabepossibly Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Sipes are the little cut lines you seein snow tires. Yourctires lose traction on ice because becausewhen pressureis applied to ice a thin layer of water forms, killing any friction you had. Sipes gives the water a place to go.
  16. snow tender

    snow tender Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    siping is the way. I am with the other guys in the east very hard to find someone that has the tool. 20 years ago they were in a lot of service stations. Now the tire stores look at you like you have 2 head! "Cant do that here!"
  17. morecoffee

    morecoffee Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 7

    Tire siping is popular in the northwest but not in the northeast. At least that has been my experience.
  18. welded wrenches

    welded wrenches Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    tire siping DIY

    and yes you can sipe your own tires quick and simple..e bay or summit racing sells a Afco brand tire groover for like 59-69 dollars (aka hot knife) there come with 10 u-shaped cutting blades..all you do is put the blade in upside down..and you can sipe a tire in 5 minutes... quick and simple.. fix for a mudd terrain tire for snow-ice use...
  19. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Grave digging today

    Ordered myself a siping tool, as I can't see buying new tires as mine are still in good shape, but handle terrible in snow and ice.

    Looking forwards to "siping" my tires to see the differences. Has anyone else taken up the practice, other than what I can find on youboob ?
  20. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272