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Tire Grooving 101

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Zeus33rd, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    I just spent the last almost 6 hours grooving the hell out of my 38's. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I've got a pile of swamper rubber about 2 feet in diameter and 6" tall on the garage floor. Grooved them pretty much indenticle to how Dr. Watson has his grooved...With one exception. Thats what I have a question about- I did the center lugs like Watsons, but didn't touch the outter lugs. Is this something I should do? Any reason not to? I did a few of the outter lugs on my spare like Watsons, I like the way it looks, still not sure....Anyone got any input? :help2:

    Here's a picture of Watsons rig- You can get an idea of what I'm getting at from this pic-
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  2. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    i grooved mine a month or so ago. I didn't do the outter lugs as I drive my junk on the highway and don't want them chunking on me.

    The "Diamond" pattern for the inner lugs seems to be the concensous "best" way to go about it. The biting edges at angles are very good in my expereince so far.

    sorry about the speeling /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Finally got this all finished. My forearm feels like its gonna explode, I think I'm gonna have popeye arms.. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif Anyways, this is what I ended up with:

    These are pretty much indenticle to Dr. Watsons tires. These TSL's were a bit worn out, so I removed the wear bars. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Also on the straight cuts, I made two cuts to widen the space between the lugs for a bit more for cleaning in the mud.
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    This is what they look like on the truck-
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    This is the spare I practiced on. No angled cuts and the side lugs have full depth cuts all the way accross them-
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    And this is the pile of Swamper rubber left over- /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
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    Zakk- Do you have any pictures of yours?
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Damn, lol, Wish my TSL's had that much tread left... /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif Mine were mostly free though, so I can't really complain. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    P.S. the chunking my outter lugs are having w/o the grooves, i'm inclined to not groove mine.
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Not argiung with you or anything- But Watsons outtewr lugs haven't chunked.....Why not do the same to yours? Just don't go all the way to the outside edge of the lug. /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    Watson doesn't drive it on the street.Zakk does...
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    Good point Dano....but what does driving it on the road have to do with chunking? Watson beats the hell out of his and they havent chunked, atleast from looking at the pictures- If he does what he does to his swampers off road, with no chunking, why would it hurt to drive them on the street too? Those mall curbs are tough bastards, but not tough enough to chunk a swamper... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    By the way, this is Watsons stuff...
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    gokartergo 3/4 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Have you seen the chunks that are gone out of mine already.. Damn Jethrolok....LOL /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    LOL!

    ~DISCLAIMER~
    I take no responsibility for lost, stolen, misplaced or broken TSL lugs as a result of installation of the Jethro-Loc...Install at your own risk!

    HAHA! LOL!

    Damn, I kill me! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif
     
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    Wait a minute. You didn't give me that disclaimer when I installed it. That was added after the fact. I think you owe me a set of TSL'S. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    i was at a bog today and saw someone with boggers and they took a groover i think i cut the lugs hollow...turned them into scoops... very weird
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Wait a minute. You didn't give me that disclaimer when I installed it. That was added after the fact. I think you owe me a set of TSL'S. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif

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    haha! Buyer beware! lol! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    those look perty cool, might do something like that to my 33s before i mud race whith em.
     
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    Better check the rules before you do. Many places will not allow you to run with cut tires. Or if they do, you must run in an unlimited class or such. Reason I never cut mine.

    Just a point to think about.

    Ken H.


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    those look perty cool, might do something like that to my 33s before i mud race whith em.

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    also, the bigger the tire, the bigger the lugs.

    On Tony's 44's, it would never chunck, but my little, tiny 40's have much smaller lugs than the 44's or 42's.
     
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    What kind of tool to you use to cut the rubber out.
     
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    a tire groover
     

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