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Old 11-27-14, 10:37 AM   #226
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My Studded Tire Progression-History

Pictures got disappeared?
So I copied a post with pictures intact.

"Just thought I'd consolidate pics of my studded tire progression-history.

1st test used only " screws.

More worried about length causing screws to tip, I decided to replace center rows of screws with ⅜".
Perhaps more importantly, this allowed rubber on the road.
Much safer, considering that streets are a mix of ice, snow and clear.
Studs are not ideal for hard cold concrete or asphalt.

Salt snow was too thick for my whimpy studs so I got drastic!

Actually inverted tire for precise screw placement.

Went too far?
Not far enough!!!
Decided to go whole hog ...

Used " screws for 4 outer rows and ⅜" screws for 2 inner rows. This produced a contact of 12+screws during level travel @ good tire pressure.

Large, flat headed screws added up weight wise ... became a noticeable factor!

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Old 08-30-16, 08:52 AM   #227
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I wonder is it possible to order a winter tyres from some kind of manufacturer ?
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Old 08-30-16, 10:18 AM   #228
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^^^^ Such a much better idea. Try Nokian, 45 North and Schwalbe for starters. I have nokians going on for 5 and 6 years old. Cost effective over the long run.
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Try these guys

They are ususally the least expensive around and this is in Canadian Dollars.
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My first studded tire build was in 1987. We used roofing nails with an old tire de beaded and around the tube.

Went to sheet metal scrrews---they only last about 100-150 miles on half pavement half snow.

Next we went to 1/2" K-lath screw that look just like sheet rock screws with a smoother head. 800-1200 mile of use. A couple of tires I reused the casing after the tires wore out and put new studs in.

The last 20 years we have used 1/2" K-lath Self Tapping screws. They have a drill tip head and are hardened like the K-lath. The casing pretty much always wears out before the studs do.

Stud installation---I put one stud on one side of the tire and the next stud on the other side of the tire every 2-3 inches. I like the knobs space that way and some tires have perfectly spaced knobs others don't work.

I see these porcupine tires and say what a waste. The weight of the porcupine tires and resistance from all those screws sticking out---uggg. I have tried a lot of different options.

I like the Nokians also but the price even at Wholesale is over the top.
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