Can you stud dirt bike tires?

As a seasoned biker and tire enthusiast, I’ve often found myself contemplating the best tire choice for my beloved dirt bike.

Today, I invite you to join me on this journey as we demystify the complex world of dirt bike tires, exploring what tire to select and the best studs to complement that tire.

Understanding Tire Selection

In my years of experience, I’ve learned that you want to steer clear of two types of tires: the really soft gummy tires and the overly hard compound tires.

I’ve encountered numerous bikers who’ve lost their studs prematurely due to these types of tires. However, a medium compound tire, my personal favorite, ensures longevity, guaranteeing seasons out of these studs.

My Top Tire Picks

My top choice is the IRC Volcano Duro combination front and rear. These tires boast impressive lug patterns that are both large and robust, capable of handling the stress load of the actual stud and the stud’s width without damaging the tire.

However, these aren’t the only tires compatible with grip studs. The key is to stick to a tire with a large lug pattern and a medium compound.

Stud Selection

For dirt bike tires, I recommend two different models of studs. The model 1800 is excellent for the rear tire – it’s quite aggressive. For the front tire, I suggest the model 1740, which is not as large as the 1800.

Quantity Matters

One of the most common questions I get is, “How many studs should I add to my tires?” Personally, I prefer starting with about 150 in the rear and 150 in the front.

However, I’ve seen bikers add up to 190 in the rear and 240 in the front – it really just boils down to personal preference.

Using Used Tires

You may be wondering, “Can I set up my used tire?” Absolutely! However, I would strongly recommend confirming that you have enough tread there in terms of size and tread depth.

Traveling Between Trails

For those of you who frequently travel from trail to trail, you might ask, “Can I run these down the tarmac?”

The answer is a resounding yes! However, I do recommend using reduced speeds when doing so, as your control on surfaces like that is significantly decreased.

Studs – A Season-long Companion?

One of the most common queries I receive is, “Can I leave my studs in all season long?” The simple answer to that question is yes.

Installation Guide

Now that we’ve discussed the tire selection let’s delve into some practical tips on installation.

Installing the Front Tire Stud

For the front tire, I’ll be installing model 1740. The required tool is model 4700. I chuck the tool up into our variable-speed drill and start twisting.

There’s no major science to this – press the stud firmly against the center of the rubber. Ensure the shoulder is flush with the rubber at the top of the lug.

Installing the Rear Tire Stud

For the rear tire, I recommend the model 1800. These are a bit wider and require a tad more care to install.

My little trick during the installation is to chuck the tool (model 4800) into your drill, slide the stud into the tool, and rotate the stud to where the cutting edge of the auger is at 12 o’clock. This helps me know where it’s going to start its incision.

Key Takeaways

  1. Avoid really soft, gummy tires and overly hard compound tires.
  2. Medium compound tires ensure the longevity of the studs.
  3. Opt for tires with large lug patterns.
  4. Two recommended models of studs are 1800 (rear) and 1740 (front).
  5. The number of studs to add to your tires depends on personal preference.
  6. You can set up used tires, provided they have enough tread depth.
  7. You can run these tires down the tarmac but at reduced speeds.
  8. You can leave your studs in all season long.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many studs should I add to my tires?

It depends on personal preference. A good starting point is 150 in the rear and 150 in the front.

Can I set up my used tire?

Yes, you can set up your used tire. However, ensure that you have enough tread depth to install the studs.

Can I run these tires down the tarmac?

Yes, you can run these down the tarmac. However, it is recommended to use reduced speeds on such surfaces.

Can I leave my studs in all season long?

Yes, you can leave your studs in all season long.


Our journey through the world of dirt bike tires and studs has been fascinating. Remember, the key to a great biking experience lies in selecting the right tire and stud, understanding the importance of quantity, and mastering the installation process.

So next time you find yourself at the crossroads of tire selection, remember these tips and make a choice that guarantees longevity, performance, and an overall satisfying biking experience.

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