No matter what type of truck or Jeep you enjoy taking off-roading, you know that having good traction is everything.
Increasing traction with better tires and other performance parts is the name of the game if you want to push your limits with obstacles and different trails while keeping your new fenders and custom bumpers safe.
That said, have you considered tire siping yet?
If you don't know what it is or how it can improve your off-road performance, read on to learn more about this simple technique that can help you maintain traction more than you may think.
What Is Tire Siping?
Tire siping is the process of making lots of tiny cuts in the tread of a tire for the effect of improving its traction.
It's a practice used on many performance tires like those used on race cars and various types of off-road tires.
Siping can also improve traction on standard street tires that are a little worn down in order to extend the life of the tire.
Done using a siping machine or special heated siping knives that melt the tire rubber as they cut into it to create a shallow cut.
It's popular with off-roaders looking to get that last bit of performance from their tires and trucks or Jeeps.
What Benefits Are Gained with Tire Siping?
===>Increased Traction - The main reason that tire siping is done is to increase traction; by adding many little cuts on the surface of tire rubber, it's possible to increase the number of tread blocks.
There are the gripping components molded into the tire rubber that give the tire greater ability to flex and grip the surfaces it rolls over.
===>Better Heat Reduction - Heat caused by friction is one of a tire's worst enemies; the more use and friction heat a tire experiences, the more worn it becomes.
While siping does not reduce tire friction, it can prolong the life of a tire as it technically increases the surface area of the tire tread, improving cooling ability.
Tires that don't heat up as much generally last longer.
===>More Comfortable Ride - The small cuts made in the tire tread by a siping machine do more than just improve tire traction; they also give the treads greater overall flexibility.
This usually leads to a smoother, more comfortable ride, at least on flatter surfaces.
Siping vs. Grooving - Is There A Difference?
Another practice that some off-roaders use on their tires is grooving, which is similar to siping yet different.
Grooving involves actually cutting grooves in the tire treads and removing some of the tire rubber; it is done mainly to increase traction in mud.
On the other hand, siping removes no rubber as it only puts a shallow cut in the part of the tread that comes in contact with the road.
Check the Tire Warranty First
Although siping may sound like a great way to eek out a little more traction from your expensive off-road tires, check your tire warranty before you do it.
Some warranties prohibit siping and other modifications to the tire. If you do it, you may end up voiding the warranty.
Now You're Ready To Use Tire Siping!
Like many owners of off-road trucks and Jeeps modified with customized aftermarket bumpers like open fenders, you may be looking for the best overall ways to improve your traction and vehicle performance on the trails.
Tire siping is a little secret that many of the best use to get the most traction from their expensive off-road tires.
If it's something you want to try, just make sure you won't void your warranty and then look for a tire shop that can do it for you!