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    DIY studded tires vs manufacturer studded tires

    Is it better to make your own studded tires?

    Is premaded studded tires more reliable than homemade version?

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    $150 difference and a couple hours of your time
    I'm happy with my sheet metal screws, but I don't ride a bunch of pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    Is it better to make your own studded tires?

    Is premaded studded tires more reliable than homemade version?
    Three.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    $150 difference and a couple hours of your time
    I'm happy with my sheet metal screws, but I don't ride a bunch of pavement.
    which screw type is suitable for fat tire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Three.
    I concur.

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    Premaded, definitely premaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueCheesehead View Post
    Premaded, definitely premaded.
    why?

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    do you guys install studs with rachet wrench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Three.
    Your math is way off.

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    If you use a product like Kold Kutters and do it right it will make any tire far superior on ice than any manufacturer studded tires.
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyJo1 View Post
    If you use a product like Kold Kutters and do it right it will make any tire far superior on ice than any manufacturer studded tires.
    I like those in the front.
    In the rear, I found the extra weight on the tire tread ended up pulling them out.

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    Factory studded will be lighter, easier, and likely the most reliable for tubeless setup. Way more $$$.

    Diy can mean lath screws, grip studs, or kold kutters.

    I think the win for me is 1/2" kold kutters with nylon nuts. Cheap, great grip, won't pull out, and can run tubeless.

    But if you don't mind the spend, go factory. Just for ease and reliability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    do you guys install studs with rachet wrench?
    Wut?
    Grip studs have their own installation tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    why?
    1.) I run tubeless and prefer to not have a bunch of holes in my tire casing.
    2.) Carbide studs are much harder than any screw one might buy.
    3.) There is a thread on self pocketing tires to run standard studs. I did this with a Nate. It worked okay, but was more work than just buying a stud ready tire.
    4.) Kold Kutters are too long for most tires and puncture the casing and they are not as hard as carbide. They wear quickly if ridden on the road.
    5.) Grip studs are $$$.
    6.) Tires designed to be studded generally have a rubber compound suitable for cold/icy conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by campykid View Post
    Your math is way off.
    Yep, it's closer to 3.1417. Mmmm, I like pi.

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    I can never tell if Picard is messing with us or not.

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    all depends on the riding you have and conditions you deal with. I've found that a combination of KKs and carbide work the best. Or if you have tires that can't take the carbide. Angling the KK still works and gives amazing traction.

    Right now we have hard pack trails with a couple inches of snow. When you hit the lake it's like greased lightning. KKs and maybe Grip studs are the only thing to use right now. Unless your going screws.

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    here's a couple shots of my tires with studs. AMA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyJo1 View Post
    If you use a product like Kold Kutters and do it right it will make any tire far superior on ice than any manufacturer studded tires.
    Agreed if... you have the right tire tread that will keep the screws in.

    It also depends on the type of icy riding the OP's doing, right? For glare ice and wanting to ride fat regardless, Kold Kutters get my vote. However, for mixed ice and snow I can go for factory studded.

    Recently I've taken a Vee Snowshoe and added in some Kold Kutters on the rear tire for additional traction as we'd had a lot of crap ice up here recently and adding those 20 or so KKs made a huge difference.

    Sheet metal screws work in a pinch but I've found them to work really well in the short term then quickly dull out to where they don't provide enough bite.

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