Next, cut the smaller center lugs out on the same row.
Here is how
of cutting is
You can see the difference in the tire after the
first round with the wire cutters.
All of the lugs have been removed from the
Next, I want to improve the tire’s performance on the rocks in off camber situations.
I’ll use my rotary tool and cut the existing tire grooves in the center lugs down to the
Position the rotary tool over the lug to be cut and follow the existing groove to make
Keep your rpms on
the rotary tool high
enough to cut the lug
without bogging the
motor down. Gently
apply pressure until
the cutoff wheel cuts
the full depth of the
lug. Be careful not to
go too deep and cut
all the way through
the tire, take your
time and be patient.
Here you can
see the final
product and all
of your work is
going to pay off
on the rocks.
Following these simple tips can drastically improve overall performance on the
stock RTR Wraith Ripsaw tires and many others. If at all possible, try running on
some different obstacles that will remain the exact same over time before making
the modifications, so that you can go back and try the same lines again and see what
improvements have been made. It will always be best to have a different selection of
tires on hand for different surfaces, but when that is not an option just spend a little
time at the workbench and work toward perfecting the art of tire modification.