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Old January 26th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #1
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Just picked up a set of 36" super swamper tsl's with over 90 percent tread. I am thinking about grooving them. My last set of tires were the same ones and i grooved them but they were so low on tread to begin with i couldnt really tell a difference. I wheel in the snow alittle. But mainly mud and the dunes. Wondering if you guys have expieience with grooving bramd new tires and if its really gaining you anything.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #2
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I've owned two sets of 36" tsl bias, one low on tread and one set great tread. Both did much much better after I grooved them especially in snow and on rocks.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Yes. I loved the triangles.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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Any big issues with the lugs tearing off. I dont spend much time in the rocks.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 05:53 PM   #5
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Any big issues with the lugs tearing off. I dont spend much time in the rocks.
Don't groove the outer lugs...
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Old January 26th, 2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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I cut the inners into triangles and just put a groove down the middle of the outer lugs except the small ones. Never ripped one off but the outers do wear fast on the rocks and pull off little pieces.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 06:09 PM   #7
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Well i would be doing it mostly for more traction in mud and snow. Not a fan of the rocks. The jeep doesnt see much for road use but id have to guess this would excel tire wear if driven alot in road.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 01:05 PM   #8
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I cut the inners into triangles and just put a groove down the middle of the outer lugs except the small ones. Never ripped one off but the outers do wear fast on the rocks and pull off little pieces.
This is how I always did mine, they work great in the snow and on rocks. Mud, I don't think it makes much difference, but it won't hurt it for sure. Sand, never had them in sand :dunno:
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Old January 27th, 2014, 01:26 PM   #9
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I cut the inners into triangles and just put a groove down the middle of the outer lugs except the small ones. Never ripped one off but the outers do wear fast on the rocks and pull off little pieces.
X3. I did the same thing with my 42's. Worked great everywhere.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #10
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I've owned two sets of 36" tsl bias, one low on tread and one set great tread. Both did much much better after I grooved them especially in snow and on rocks.
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Yes. I loved the triangles.
grooved some good tread TSL's back in the day and they did a lot better in all conditions

something like this

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Old January 27th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #11
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Thats the exact pattern i was thinkin. Gonna get started on them tonight
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Old February 11th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #12
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Anyone have experience with more of a cutting instead of a groove? I'm thinking of going this route as well as adding siping on the center blocks, very narrow slits. Whenever my groover arrives in the mail...

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I did this to my 36" spare. Wasn't too bad to do. Just used the wide blade on my groover and went to town. and used the narrow knife on the small outer lugs. Grooved the other four with just straight wide grooves on the middle and two larger outside lugs.
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Old February 12th, 2014, 07:36 PM   #14
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The last 2 pics look pretty sweet
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Yea those definetly look bad ass but i dont know if i could cut brand new tires that much
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Old February 12th, 2014, 07:59 PM   #16
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Easy, I'll cut them for you! Lol
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Old February 12th, 2014, 08:30 PM   #17
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Seems like mine got a lot more bite in soft dirt after I grooved them.

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I still havnt done mine. Couldnt bring myself to do it yet. Gonna try them out at dog party this weekend. Eventually im sure ill do it but for now the regular pattern will be a ton better then the smoothies i was running before.
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You'll cut them... Then you'll wheel it and go, they're awesome, then you'll cut them again, deeper... They definitely make a big difference.
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Old February 13th, 2014, 10:05 AM   #20
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Just cutting lines threw each tread block does help the tire fold better over objects to get more traction, if your scared to hack to much out just start with doing the main inside lugs
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