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    Shaving tires

    Anyone have tips and tricks for shaving the tread off of tires. If you want some good entertainment there are some very interesting approaches to this on youtube. I think some of them even include the phrase "Here Hold My Beer I Want To Show You Something". Seriously I am wanting to shave some tires safely so I can use them with a set of Grove wheels and brakes.

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    Got any Big Truck shop buddies, None better at what your wanting.

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    Mount the wheel / tire on a saw horse and mark where you want to remove tread. Take a side grinder with a coarse wheel and go to work. Keep it spinning but not fast. Put on a paper paint suit as it's messy. Not all tires have a smooth last layer of ply's. And you can be into them way soon. I never touch sidewalls except for large heavy letters. Jerry B.
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    Locking a brake when doing a 180 on tar works great on bushwheels!! I would do a internet search for tire shaving in you local area. If you want DIY get a few friends together and practice on theirs first.
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    I sent mine to a local retreader and told him to leave a hint of tread. It cost $25. Then I touched up the edges like Jerry describes except with a belt sander.
    It is a messy job.
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    What make/model tires did you guys shave, Jerry & Carey?
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    Bandag is, I believe, a national tire outfit. I’ve had them buff tires before.

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    Nobody asked but why do you need to remove rubber? just curious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Nobody asked but why do you need to remove rubber? just curious?

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    Weight. And make them softer


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    If you want smooth tires, Wilkerson tire in Crewe VA.
    will recap aircraft tires most any size. They wear like iron as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travelair3000 View Post
    If you want smooth tires, Wilkerson tire in Crewe VA.
    will recap aircraft tires most any size. They wear like iron as well.
    Do you know if they can do Ak Bushwheels? Guessing not, but???
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    Give them a call, they did 30x5 for my Travel air they also do transport aircraft tires.



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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    What make/model tires did you guys shave, Jerry & Carey?
    29x11x10 lighter and with the grooves removed they tend to pick up and throw fewer rocks.
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    I used the electric hand grinder to flatten a worn solid Maule tailwheel. Put the fork in the vise and adjusted the angle of the grinder to control the RPM of the tire & wheel. Easy enough to control by hand and the tire ended up round with square, flat tread as desired but it was a messy process as previously described.
    C.R. Brown used to have a tire shop and he would come across automobile tires that had out of round tread and wouldn't balance. He would mount the tire on a wheel and attach it to his electronic wheel balancer. He rigged up a circular saw blade on an electric motor with the blade verticle to the tread. It worked like a toolpost grinder on a lathe. He did more than a few so he was happy with the result.
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    Yep, 29X11X10. Even with the tread ground off I might not live long enough to wear them out.
    I didn’t weigh them before and after, but they are a lot softer and lighter.
    Last edited by Carey Gray; 01-06-2019 at 08:21 PM.
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