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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 01, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Does tire sipeing really help traction all that much? all it is is a bunch of cuts in a tire? does it make the tire wear quicker? I think it would....
I saw discount tire offering this.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 01, 02:12 PM
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Yes, siping a tire does accelerate wear and heat buildup in the tread due to the blocks they create rubbing against each other - can't imagine why anyone would want to do it to a street tire, or a shop accepting the liability risk that goes along with altering a tire's wear or handling characteristics. How are they peddling the service - as a poor man's snow tire?

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I had Road Hugger tires on my Chev 1/2 ton truck and they were terrible for traction on the rear. For the heck of it I had them siped by Discount and it actually did help the traction quite a bit. I eventually replaced them with BFG's which work even better without having to do anything to them.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 01, 10:39 AM
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hi everybody has there own opinion on tire sipping but im a shop foreman for a tire dealer in montana and we do alot of siping on all kinds of tires from cars to semis and it helps for traction on ice and snow as soon as the tire starts to spin the sipping helps the tire spreadd open for traction. i personally have my tires sipped and it does help out i noticed a difference in the snow. this is just my opinion tho and yes it is kind of a poor mans snow tire but at least you can keep running it in the summer.
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I have to say I've never heard the term before. What exactly do they do to the tire, cut different grooves in it?

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 01, 03:14 AM
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If you use Bridgestone Blizzak's snow tire as an example, you see what appears to be many razor blade-like cuts. That's the siping. The purpose is to sqeegee the water away from snow/ice so you can get traction. It works well for this application.
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