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i know on 4x4 trucks, when they do competition racing they cut out block of rubber ( tread ) from the tire so make it more open so it wont pack that much. can you do this to mountainbike tires or is the tire too thin and doesnt have enough belts in the rubber. i was thinking about doing this to my tamashi tires ( i got the set for only ten ) but i want to see how they perform before i start hacking. and what would you use to cut the tires? a dremel? xacto knife? razor blade? thanks
 

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Sure MBA mag had an article on it a few months ago. Use nippers or electricians dikes instead of knives to prevent miss-cuts, both are available in your tool box or local hardware store.
 

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cut down the side knobs

I've cut down the side knobs some on fat 2.6" tires to gain frame clearance with no issue but this doesn't really address your Question other than I see no issue doing so.
 

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mroneeyedboh said:
i know on 4x4 trucks, when they do competition racing they cut out block of rubber ( tread ) from the tire so make it more open so it wont pack that much. can you do this to mountainbike tires or is the tire too thin and doesnt have enough belts in the rubber. i was thinking about doing this to my tamashi tires ( i got the set for only ten ) but i want to see how they perform before i start hacking. and what would you use to cut the tires? a dremel? xacto knife? razor blade? thanks
There are no "belts" in tread rubber. You can trim the tread blocks any way you like. Avoid cutting into the base rubber. I prefer side cutters or a sharp utility knife depending on the mod I am doing.
 
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