View Full Version : Tire Grooving ?

02-23-2008, 10:55 PM
A few questions ,
I have Michline X , military tires ( 1st generation,they look like dirt bike tires ) -
The fronts are balding and scalloping . When I bought them new , I was told they have enough meat to groove them a few times .

1) are they worth grooving ? ( scalloping has worn tires to "slicks" in spots )
2) will the scalloping continue ?
3) I had no problems with the fronts until I swapped in a D60 with a power locker in it - even with the hubs unlocked , could this have caused it ?
When driving , there is no vibration or pulling .

If I can/should groove them - where/who ?

Any information is appreciated .

02-23-2008, 11:21 PM
yeah man cut the shit out of them. they probably have like 3/4" under the "bald" surface. just use the groover and try and make the factory pattern again. if you start hitting threads or steel belting its prolly far enough. You might actually be able to take them to a place to get them regroved/retreaded back to factory for like $100 a tire.
1 yes
2 yes
3 rotate your tires front to back fairly often and it will help. there is no vibration because thats how tires with big lugs wear if you dont rotate them. ever seen a set of street driven boggers at 50%? the look like waves in the ocean.
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Secret Agent Man
02-23-2008, 11:31 PM
Try calling Kal Tire, they have a new retread plant in Chilliwack, on Lickman road.

02-24-2008, 09:41 AM
Yes you can regroove those tires, once they have worn down to almost slicks the max you can groove them is approx 3/8's. The Scaloping is common on these tires, its not caused from alignment usually but just from how the tread lugs twist while steering. Im a mechanic in the military, we used to use those tires but have since switched over to the Michelin XZL's, better tread pattern, quieter, smoother ride and still regrovable.


02-24-2008, 12:29 PM
Thanks for the inside info ,
I guess I'll have to carry a spare now :confused0006:
That was one bonus using the militaries - no need for a spare - extra room for a bigger cooler [cheers] .

The new ones are sweet too , how is the traction ?
They don't look as aggressive , although the aggressiveness on these ones have hurt a few times ( digging down ) :mad0217:

I have read a few posts that guys have grooved their own tires -
How hard is it ?
Would this be better left to a shop ?

02-24-2008, 04:24 PM
The tread on the XZL's is much deeper than the X's, the tread lugs on the XZL's are 1 inch squared up to 4 inches squared, depends on the size of tire, so you could easily groove your own pattern into the lugs.

02-24-2008, 06:03 PM
so you could easily groove your own pattern into the lugs.

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