Tire Shaving Available at Tire Rack

Tire Rack offers a tire shaving service that has been primarily used for preparing tires for competition use. This same service is used to remove tread rubber from new pairs or street tires to allow them to match the remaining tread depth of the other partially worn tires that will remain on the vehicle. In addition to providing equivalent tread depth to eliminate driveline stress, shaved tires will better match the traction and handling qualities of the remaining worn tires. This service can be performed on a tire with a starting tread depth higher than 4/32".

While the cost of our street tire shaving service ranges between $25 and $35 for each tire, it is significantly less than the cost of unnecessarily replacing the remaining two or three good tires with lots of mileage still available from them. We can't accept tires at one of our locations to be shaved, they must be purchased from us and we'll ship the tire after shaving to you.

When it comes to tires for autocross and track use, the reason they're so effective is because they feature shallow tread depths and their contact patch acts as a single unit. Any tread design that breaks up the contact patch into smaller elements or adds more tread depth will increase the tread block squirm and reduce dry performance. Tires typically provide their worst wet traction and best dry performance just before they wear out. The heat generated every time a tire is driven activates bonding agents in the rubber. As this process repeats throughout the tire's life, its rubber compounds gradually harden and lose flexibility reducing the tire's grip. Therefore, a shaved new tire will provide more traction than a tire worn to the exact same tread depth after being driven for thousands of miles on the road.

Tire shaving is an effective means of permitting more of a tire's performance capability to be realized early in its life. In many cases, shaved tires used in competition actually have a longer useful life than tires that enter competition at full tread depth. A shaved tires's tread profile will usually result in a little more increase in the width of the tire's contact patch, putting a little more rubber on the road. The resulting shallower tread depths reduce the slip angle, increasing its responsiveness and cornering power by minimizing tread block squirm.

To gain a better insight into tire shaving, read "Shaving Tire for Autocross / Track Use / Competition."


Monday, July 8, 2013 by Michael Chordas

Where are the closest tire shaving locations, my zip is 95616, please let me know
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

Our closest shipping warehouse that offers shaving is located in Reno, NV.
Friday, August 9, 2013 by Don Koenig

I am looking for a Firestone Destination LE P235/70R16 with 6/32 tread. Is there a tire shaving facility available in the Minneapolis/St Paul area or how do I order 1 from Tire Rack? What is the cost.
2005 Mazda Tribute
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Marshall @ Tire Rack

Tire Rack is a mail order comany based out of Northern Indiana. We can shave a tire for $25 before it is shipped. -Marshall
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Dan

Do you offer shaving services from your CT warehouse?

Thursday, August 28, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com

Tire shaving is done in our Indiana and Nevada warehouses and must be shipped to the east coast. -Marshall@tirerack.com
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Sean

I see you offer tire shaving service but there is no clear way to add it to my cart and specify the tread depth I need.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com

To arrange tire shaving, please call us @ 800-428-8355.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by Grogs

Where is the closest tire shaving service location to zip 27514?

Many thanks
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by marshall@tireack.com

Tire shaving is done at our South Bend, IN location and the tire is then shipped. Please let us know if we can help.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Katherine

Where can I find a tire shaving service near 32224?

Thank you!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by marshall@tireack.com

Tire shaving is done at our South Bend, IN location and the tire is then shipped. Please let us know if we can help.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 by Ryan

You guys don't carry the brand of tire that I need... would I be able to buy a tire elsewhere and have it shipped to you for you to shave and ship to me? Thanks in advance.
Monday, August 3, 2015 by karen

how do I know how much 'shaving' my tire needs?
Sunday, November 29, 2015 by Michael Maxino

I need to order a tire shaved. I already have the tread measurements
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by Tire Rack Team

Michael, To place an order for a shaved tire, please give us a call at (888) 428-8355.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Garry Colee

closest tire shaving to zip 50574
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Garry Colee, Tire shaving is done at our Indiana location and then shipped.
Friday, May 20, 2016 by Glenn Swanson

Can a shaved tire be studded after it is shaved?
Friday, May 20, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Glenn Swanson, Unfortunately a shaved tire cannot be studded properly.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 by Corey

How do i go about ordering shaved tires??
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Corey, We can shave our tires before shipping them out. Please give Sonny a call at 888-428-8355 ext. 4789 to place an order.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Paul J

I have 5 new tires on new wire wheels for my sport car that need truing/shaving, where is a Tire Rack shop in the Tulsa, Ok area? Thanks, Paul J
Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Paul J, We do not have a Tire Rack location in Tulsa. Here is a list of where our distribution centers are located: http://www.tirerack.com/content/tirerack/desktop/en/customer_support.html
Friday, August 26, 2016 by Steve Gibbons

Where is the closest tire shaving location in the Tucson AZ area - Zip Code 85701?
Monday, August 29, 2016 by Tire Rack Team

Steve, Tire shaving is performed at our Indiana location and then shipped. We do not have a distribution center in Tucson.

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