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Old 01-18-06, 04:13 PM   #1
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Is siping tires worth it?

So I got talked into getting my tires siped for $40 a few days ago when I went in to get a tire repaired and I was wondering if it is worth it.
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Old 01-18-06, 04:21 PM   #2
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Do you do a lot of off-roading?
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Old 01-18-06, 04:27 PM   #3
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No. I usually only drive the 3 miles to work and back. Sometimes I go to the store though. It is across the street from my work...
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Old 01-18-06, 04:28 PM   #4
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What's "siping"?
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Old 01-18-06, 04:30 PM   #5
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What's "siping"?
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Old 01-18-06, 04:31 PM   #6
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I never heard of it. Google told me it is a popular way of getting more traction from your tires. Were your tires worn out or getting close to needing replaced?

http://www.can4x4.com/articles/siping.html
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Old 01-18-06, 04:31 PM   #7
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What's "siping"?
I was JUST about to post the same question, but googled it and found this: tire siping
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Tire siping is the process of cutting small slits, or grooves, into the tread blocks of tires in order to provide better traction in adverse weather conditions. The sipes allow the tread blocks to spread on contact with the ground, which helps expel water from the tread and provides better bite.
Interesting. Never heard of it before.
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Old 01-18-06, 04:32 PM   #8
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at AW. Now I'm glad I googled it!
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Old 01-18-06, 04:32 PM   #9
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Paul, you of all people should know that I do not use google when I have plenty of otters ready and willing to answer my stupid questions WITHOUT giving me attitude!

So there.

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Old 01-18-06, 04:32 PM   #10
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Not a dumb question at all. Living in the South, people don't do that here.
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Old 01-18-06, 04:32 PM   #11
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Scientific Tests Confirm It
Improved traction up to 200%!
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Old 01-18-06, 04:33 PM   #12
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Paul, you of all people should know that I do not use google when I have plenty of otters ready and willing to answer my stupid questions WITHOUT giving me attitude!

So there.

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Old 01-18-06, 04:33 PM   #13
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I don't know what this is, and as such, never had a use for it. Therefore I vote "No."
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Old 01-18-06, 04:34 PM   #14
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Meh. I'll take it.
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Old 01-18-06, 04:45 PM   #15
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I don't know what this is, and as such, never had a use for it. Therefore I vote "No."
It actually is a waste of money for her to do it.
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Old 01-18-06, 04:48 PM   #16
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Old 01-18-06, 04:58 PM   #17
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I have my studded tires siped. It's worth it if you drive in icy/snowy conditions often, which I do since I'm in the mountains a lot.

It also improves the life of the tire too, in that the tire's temperature is cooler than a non-siped tire.

It's not necessary if you drive in just rainy conditions.
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Old 01-18-06, 07:58 PM   #18
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Not a dumb question at all. Living in the South, people don't do that here.
I guess so, I've never heard of it either. All the suckers live up north so they don't even try here.

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Old 01-18-06, 08:10 PM   #19
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If it was such a great idea, wouldn't the tires already come that way?
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Old 01-18-06, 08:46 PM   #20
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Also, coloring the edges of your tires with a green marker makes them sound better.
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Old 01-19-06, 12:08 AM   #21
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If it was such a great idea, wouldn't the tires already come that way?
That was my thought.. I guess someone should write Goodyear and let them know of this amazing achievement..
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Old 01-19-06, 07:58 AM   #22
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Also, coloring the edges of your tires with a green marker makes them sound better.
Hmm how much will you charge me for this service? I refuse to go above $10 a tire.
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Old 01-19-06, 10:01 AM   #23
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I had never heard of "tire siping" either, and I lived in northern Michigan for many years. Then again, I've never owned snow tires or studded tires.
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Old 01-19-06, 10:32 AM   #24
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I live in Oregon, so I decided to get my tires siped when they were new. You only notice siping benefits when the tire is being stressed more than usual. The forces against the tire make the tire expand, thus revealing the sipes and the sipe cuts act as an inexpensive "tread".

Manufacturers don't sipe their tires because it's a liability issue. You're going against federal standards for tires by modifying them (not the consumer but the manufacturer). And in many cases, you will void the manufacturer's warranty if you sipe new tires. So, you need to make sure places like Les Schwab will cover the warranty anyway. In some cases for some tires, they will not.
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Old 01-19-06, 10:35 AM   #25
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I won't even step foot into a car if the tires have not been "sipped"
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