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Post by binfordm715 on Apr 12, 2006, 11:42pm

Okay.... Picked my freshly mounted XLs up from Les Schwab Tire Center today. Nick's Cub Scout den leader works there and did the siping himself. (He said he was the only one willing to lift them onto the machine!) The regular siping guys said the lugs would be too far apart for the machine to deal with it (which would apparently cause the siping machine to jump and screw up the cuts or something like that). But Kevin, the den mother, said lots of MT tires they do have similar spacing, so they tried it out on the spare first. It worked, so I got my spare siped for free too!

First of all, the tires, filled to 70psi, stand an honest 38-3/8" tall and weigh 140 lbs. each, according my all-too-honest bathroom scale. Here's a shot of my youngest son, Nathan (4-2/3 years old--just ask him!) standing beside the tire, in lieu of a quarter!




And here's a close-up look at the siping, sans quarter, I'm afraid. (So smite me!)




The machine will sipe across a set dimension around the whole tire, so I couldn't just get the inner two lugs siped of each alternating trio of lugs. So the siping extends into the inside 1/4 to 1/3 of the outer lugs as well, but stops well short of the outer edges of the lugs, where the rubber would be subject to a lot more abuse and thus break off in chunks. I think I'm going to be okay this way.

The siping goes almost the entire depth of the lugs too, as you can see in the picture on the inside edge of the outer lugs.

I'll get them mounted on the truck, probably tomorrow, unless Jennifer thinks of a bunch of stupid stuff for me to do around the house. More pics later.
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Looks good, what did they charge you?
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Post by binfordm715 on Apr 15, 2006, 1:08am

Siping was $11.25 a tire. Plus tax. Well worth it considering my alternative was using a razor knife to cut them by hand every 1/4" around more than 10 FEET of circumference, per tire!
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Post by gonz on Apr 20, 2006, 6:03pm

Man, that is exactly what I want to do to my tires, but no one will tough them around here- gonz
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Looks good Tim.. wonder how much difference that siping will make.. we need action shots now!
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Post by seanjames on Apr 25, 2006, 8:22am

BinfordM715, Could you post your tire size (ie. 1400 X 20 )?

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I think I figured it out are they 1100 x 16?
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BinfordM715, Could you post your tire size (ie. 1400 X 20 )?

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I think I figured it out are they 1100 x 16?


Yes, they are 11.00x16 radials. Michelin XL tires.
 

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