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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2002, 11:34 AM
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what is the tool called thats used for tire sipping?where do i get one?i think its called a hot knife but not sure.what attachments do i need?any info would be greatly appreciated,thanks [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: tire cutting

Are you sipping the tires or are you going to cut out chunks of the tread to make them more aggressive?

I've used a razor blade held in vise grips to modify a motorcycle tire but that would be a little much to do 4 big tires.
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Try this site for a inspired concept of siping.

http://www.4wheelers4christ.org/tech...hillbilly.html
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Re: tire cutting

Ahhh, I wouldn't use the circular saw idea! LOL Those tires are grooved, not siped. Use what I used; an OLFA L2 utility knife. I posted this a couple days ago but the blades are easily adjusted and the tips break away to give you a fresh cut every so often. Very easy, very cheap.

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Re: tire cutting

The tool is called a Hot Knife. Search IZOOK.COM for a review on this. It works very well with just a little paitence.
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Re: tire cutting

I have one like this for my dirt track racecar.
Works great.Day had the best price at the time.
http://www.daymotorsports.com/product/403/c/4
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Re: tire cutting

I got mine at pitstopusa.com ---search for tire groovers. I'm using 3/8" blades. shipped to my door for $61. A buddy of mine paid someone $75 to groove his.
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I own a tire groover which is probably what your thinking of. However, a tire groover cannot 'sipe' a tire. A groover works by heating up and scooping out bits of rubber. Amount of rubber and size of scoup is dependent on the # fitting you use.

Siping is something I've always had done on my Swampers. Can't do it with the tire groover though. A siping machine uses a spinning blade that slices cuts into the tire. No rubber is removed. many tire shops will do this for about $10 a tire. They'll likely also have literature on why siping is better for a tire.

A groover is great for changing the tread pattern though if that is what you are after. We picked up ours from Summit racing for about $50 I believe.

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Wrong. Just flip the blades upsidedown and sipe away [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

Works great. Just stay away from the outer edge of the outside lugs.
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yes a tire groover thats what i need to make these thornbirds
worth a shiznit,thanks alot [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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