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Old 10-30-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Tips for cutting tires

hi i want to give a mashers 2000 looks to my tlt stock tires

how can i do that??

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Old 10-31-2007, 07:02 AM   #2
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I too has wondering how guys "cut or grind" the tire tread...
more so what tools they use?

I tried searching but am not find the right wording... everything comes up for making tires out of 2 different sets.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:18 AM   #3
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I tried a dremel...............messy
I tried a hobby knife.......painful
Now I'm looking for some kind of end for my soldering iron that might work. Some kind of loop so you could pick (melt / cut) off individual lugs.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:51 AM   #4
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While the Dremel may be messy, its probably the quickest, safest and neatest. I took the Dremel to my stock Wheely King tires.

First I used three cutoff wheels stacked together to cut channels in the lugs. These wheels eat away the rubber pretty quick and with good control. It does kick up a lot of rubber dust so make sure you are wearing a mask.



Once I had the lugs cut down, I used a small sanding drum (again on the Dremel) to thin out the tire carcass and to do general clean up around the areas cut by the cutoff wheels.

They ended up looking like this:


As for the mess, the rubber dust looks dirty but it actually just brushes off and leaves no stain or permanent mark. If you do this outside or in a work area, the cleanup is pretty easy. The big thing is protect your mouth/nose/eyes - just like you would when working with a Dremel anyway.

As for burning the lugs, I take the rubber dust anyday to the most-likely toxic fumes from burning rubber - ughh!! I think the dust is easier to contain and block than the fumes!

Just my 2 cents worth!!
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:14 AM   #5
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Wah and boo hoo all you want, a Dremel or a fresh, sharp X-Acto are the best methods for cutting tires.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:01 AM   #6
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Very soapy water.
dip, cut, repeat...
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:29 AM   #7
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I got this Dremel attachment I want to try cutting tires with.
http://www.dremel.com/en-us/attachme...=69679&I=69804
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:30 PM   #8
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Wood burners/ soldering irons.. SOME have a "hot blade" attachment, that is basically an exacto blade that gets hot. They have them a Lowes.
It's like $18.

A 1:1 tire grooving gun is the same philosophy.

If your too big of a wuss to cut a soft rubber toy tire with a cold knife or dremel, I guess
you need to resort to the above tool.
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:35 PM   #9
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My sister has a Black and Decker soldering iron that came with a few tips. One being an X-Acto blade, it did little more than smoke and stink the place up.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:59 PM   #10
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My buddy has a tire groover meant for grooving 1:1 tires which it's basically a soldering iron with a loop blade on it. I think he said it was like $80 but i don't know where.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:12 PM   #11
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Whew, stinkY!!!!!!!
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:09 PM   #12
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My buddy has a tire groover meant for grooving 1:1 tires which it's basically a soldering iron with a loop blade on it. I think he said it was like $80 but i don't know where.

pmz group is a name of a company i bought my 1:1 tire groover from it cost $65.00 great people to deal with.Personally for these little guys i like the dremel method.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:11 PM   #13
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Whew, stinkY!!!!!!!
not stinky at all with a fresh blade blast through it like butter.
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:07 PM   #14
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i like wire cutters (side cutters would probably be good too)
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:31 PM   #15
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i will have to buy that accesory for my dremel

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Old 11-02-2007, 08:42 AM   #16
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The Dremel saw accessory looks a little bit too "aggressive" and overkill for cutting these small tires. I can see the teeth cutting too easily and you end up going right through the tire. I am not sure if you can remove it or not, but I can see the blade guard really getting in the way while doing the more "close" work of removing lugs. If you look at the User Manual for this attachment, you see that its really only used for straight cross/rip cuts on solid materials. I don't think it would be suitable for cutting rubber lugs - I'd venture a guess to say even quite dangerous to use in this instance.

The stacked cutoff wheels work great - its very easy to control the rate of cut because you are not using saw teeth. They are also VERY cheap and they will not wear out if you are only cutting rubber lugs.


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Old 11-02-2007, 09:02 AM   #17
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I did a similar treatment to some old Mashers with nothing more than a pair of small side cutters.

It did'nt help much...
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:50 PM   #18
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i used a hobby knife to sipe the tire,and a set of side cutters to cut the lugs, i have a set of imex a/t's i did up, just waiting for my chassis to show up to test them out
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:47 PM   #19
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I used this dremel attachment on some Imex K-Rocks, well one of them so far. Depends on tire though. I do recommend safety glasses, gloves and long sleeve shirt for this dremel attachment.

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I use body scissors or a pair of scissors I modded to do tires with to modify tires most of the time. The set I modded are just a normal set of craft scissors with the blades cut down in length till they were thick enough to not just flex around the rubber. If I'm just siping I use a razor knife or box cutter.
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