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tungsten-carbide studded rear tires

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ridgerunner
The Big Ten pushes the snow pretty good, it's just the end of the driveway that gives it traction problems. (Wet amd heavy with an icy bottom) I can't run tire chains due to tire-fender clearance problems. A friend of mine races snowmobiles and changes his studs out at the beginning of the season. So I ended up with 134 studs, backers and locknuts, all for the big price of free. So I figured throw them in and see how they work. It took 1 hour 15min. to take the tire off, break the tire down, install studs, and remount the tire. 32 studs per tire, one between each lug. Only had enough time to do one tire today, I'll get on the other 96 this weekend. They're tungsten-carbide tipped so they should hold up to wear pretty good. Has anybody ever tried this? They look like they stick out high in the pictures but they don't, there on the lower crown of the tire. so there about 3/8 above the tires middle portion.

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HubbardRA
Those spikes look wicked. Only thought I had about that setup is the number of number of cords that were cut when you put those large holes thru the carcass of the tire. This could possibly cause premature tire failure over time. Just a thought. Another way to get studs into a tire. Is to do like the motorcycle ice racers do. Use hex head sheet metal screws and screw them directly into the surface of the lug on the tire. As long as the screw is shorter than the height of the lug, it won't puncture the tire. If they wear, screw them out and replace them with new one. Not as mean looking as Paul's, but would help.

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Jovee
Someone mentioned Rods idea that knew an ice racer. Not sure how it would have worked on cement and asphalt. The chains do fine in the rear but the fronts are my big problem. I saw fastpauls cool front chain idea in the other post but again the hard surface question arises

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stevenj
quote:
Originally posted by HubbardRA
Those spikes look wicked. Only thought I had about that setup is the number of number of cords that were cut when you put those large holes thru the carcass of the tire. This could possibly cause premature tire failure over time. Just a thought. Another way to get studs into a tire. Is to do like the motorcycle ice racers do. Use hex head sheet metal screws and screw them directly into the surface of the lug on the tire. As long as the screw is shorter than the height of the lug, it won't puncture the tire. If they wear, screw them out and replace them with new one. Not as mean looking as Paul's, but would help.
Better than sheet metal screws are Kold Kutter Ice Screws. http://www.hsdracing.com/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=20

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UCD
250 3/8 screws at $18.95 isn't bad could do a few sets of front tires. [img]http://www.hsdracing.com/scripts/full/kold_Kutter.jpeg[/img][img]http://www.hsdracing.com/scripts/full/Maverick/maverick-ice-racing-screw-head.jpg[/img]

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EricD
Wow. That is impressive. Whether they work or not almost seems irrelevant because they are soo coool! Seriously though, I am betting they give incredible traction. I do wonder about a somewhat bumpy ride on solid surfaces but that would be worth the price of traction. I love the idea of using them as aerators in the Summer. I know there has been talk in the past of just using hex screws. As I recall from motorcycle days, they have a tendency to torque out and then you'd have the opportunity to ride over one and get a flat. Please keep us updated.

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ridgerunner
When I took off the second wheel to stud it I decided to just send out the entire set of wheels to be powder-coated, seen how they were off anyway. Three weeks later I get them back. I'm just going to see how the first two work before studding the remaining pair.

Nice and shiny white, its amazing how a little paint can make a wheel look brand new.

The tips of the studs just touch the concreat so it rolls fairly smooth. I throttled the clutch to see how they affected concrete, They leave nice scratchy marks, if you complain about chains leaving marks defenitly don't run these.

We had about a foot and a half of snow till two weeks ago. Now the tractors ready for work and nothing on the ground.:( Even though I plow with my truck, the Big-Ten claimes this driveway. My wife thinks it's funny that I use the little tractor to do are own driveway, but she'll just never understand:D -Paul

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ridgerunner
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Roy Posted - 01/05/2006 : 19:54:06 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Just for grins; what did it cost to powder coat the wheels? Thanks,
I got them done at Tecno-Coat, My sister is in managment there so I get them done for nothing. I can't say nothing really, I work on her car when she needs it. ( you scratch my back I'll scratch yours ) So over the years I've had hundreds of things coated there. My wheels should have taken only about 3 days to get back not 3 weeks. This place is big, 250 employies and twelve million in sales a year. All high production. Any way they lost my wheels some where in the mix.}:) Had to just wait it out till they found them. Its a bunch or diferent departments it goes through to get done. First is Receveing, then to the burn-off department, then to the Re-work department (sand blasting), then off to acid dip and wash department, then finlly to the finishing department (painting), then shiping/recieving stores them some where. Through all this its the first time they ever misplaced any thing of mine. -Paul

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