How To Groove A Super Swamper Tire
Need to know how to groove a super swamper tire? It is handy to groove a super swamper tire when you are four-wheeling. Anyone that is familiar with the idea of off-road trailing knows what a super swamper tire is and how well they handle in both street wear and trail blazing. Some drivers prefer to add more grooves to their tires than when they're bought stock. This allows for more traction and flexibility in the tire. It does though have its share of downfalls, such as picking up and slinging small rocks at the vehicles behind you when riding on the street. This is something to consider before you choose to grove a super swamper tire.
To groove a super swamper tire, you will need:
- A tire-grooving tool
- A tire
- Decide on a pattern. The idea behind grooving a tire is to break up some of the lager rubber lugs on the tire. This will allow for more flexibility in that area of the tire. One thing to consider is when you are breaking up these chunks of rubber, this also weakens them. When a tire hits a large rock or something that does not give way as easy, it may break off a piece of the lug. This is called chunking. Decide what areas of the tire you're going to groove.
- Cut away. Using a tire-grooving tool, start to cut the grooves that you wish to cut. The tire-grooving tool comes with many differently-sized blades. Make sure that the blade size you choose will provide the groove you want. The wider the blade, the more rubber taken out. Move the cutting tool smooth and easy. Too much force will damage the blade while going too slow will burn the rubber.
Is it worth it? A tire is designed to perform a certain function. A super swamper tire is good in muddy conditions. If you plan on using this tire in some mixed terrain, it could be helpful to get traction in those areas where the mud is less. It may cause the tire to last longer, and then again maybe not as long. If you choose to groove your tires, remember that every groove you put in that rubber is a new place for traction and wear. Happy four-wheeling!