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Author Topic:   Tire Grooving Iron
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 334
posted September 08, 2005 11:31 AM  
The tracks in my area are starting to allow grooving. Which irons have you all had luck with? Any brand I should stay away from?

What type of pattern works best on the tires?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted September 08, 2005 01:16 PM  
I've got a cheapie $40 from speeway motors. It'll even cut tires with no heat and a sharp blade. Maybe I'm lucky but it works great for me.

Hoosier tires web site has a good article on grooving and siping.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted September 08, 2005 01:37 PM  
Where is the artical in Hoosiers site?

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 755
posted September 08, 2005 01:49 PM  
I've used the cheap one and the hi-dollar one. The cheap iron is just as good.

[This message has been edited by NJantz (edited September 08, 2005).]

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted September 08, 2005 02:09 PM

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 27
posted September 08, 2005 06:17 PM  
We got a mid range one from Day motors. We got the #4 blade and just followed the grooves over the edge of the tire. Americain racer tires.Had pretty good luck keeping with the hoosiers at our local track.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 206
posted September 09, 2005 04:28 PM  
We did the same as rcndirt,bought the speedway cheepie though,it works great!Put a little softener on to keep the rubber fresh.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 137
posted September 10, 2005 05:12 AM  
you get what you pay for.

all the cheapies are the same. you have to push them thru the tire with some effort even when really really hot.

the 300+ one that is only hot when you pull the trigger glides thru absolutely effortlessly..

theres a major diff between the two, one will wear you out doing 4 tires in about 2 hours the other takes half the time and effort.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 874
posted September 11, 2005 11:08 AM  
I've been using the same Iron, and same blade even for the past 2 years that I bought from the local speed shop. Let her get good and warm, and it'll just slice right through the rubber. It does take some effort, but we aren't all little red haired girly men like JohnG.

I also like being able to turn the blade around in the cheaper ones, and using it to sipe the tires. Let the iron cool down, loosen the screw that holds the blade in place, use pliers and turn the blade upside down so that the open ends are down, and there you have a nice tire siper.

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