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Old 12-16-2016, 04:54 PM   #1
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Bought winter tires with studs (live in hilly area). Now I want to remove the studs..

The studs are tearing up my concrete driveway. Part of the driveway is a serious slope, and the studs didn't do a whole lot one icy morning, except for leaving nice scratch marks in the concrete. Also any time I turn my wheel; more scratch marks.

Pretty much ready to just have them removed. Is this a DIY project or should I take them to a tire shop? These were tires purchased on Tire Rack.
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Old 12-16-2016, 05:23 PM   #2
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Tire lube and strong pliers is all you need to pull them out. I would just sell them online and get new stud-less tires just to save myself the nightmare of pulling out a thousand studs.
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Tire lube and strong pliers is all you need to pull them out. I would just sell them online and get new stud-less tires just to save myself the nightmare of pulling out a thousand studs.
I feel like I'd be taking a major hit considering they're pretty much brand new (have had them one week).

Any idea how much a big name shop would charge to remove them?

Additionally when you say sell them online.. any suggestions where? Craigslist?
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I'm sure you would take a giant hit. The size is not common relative to most cars so you will have few if any takers and most people don't want studs either. Some cities/states don't even permit them for the exact reason you are getting rid of them.



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If OP was me,

Id get a $9.99 stud removal tool and spend a day yanking out studs.. i bet it cost a fortune to hire a "professional"
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I have de-studded a set of tires. It was a PITA. I destroyed two pair of diagonal cutters before modifying a large flat tip screw driver. I added a notch in the middle of the tip.
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I'm sure you would take a giant hit. The size is not common relative to most cars so you will have few if any takers and most people don't want studs either. Some cities/states don't even permit them for the exact reason you are getting rid of them.



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They're legal here in PA, and with the hills of Pittsburgh, not hugely uncommon. With that said, I've seen some on craigslist and they're going for less than half of what I paid from Tire Rack. So it looks like removal is the better option financially. Really I'd be willing to pay for removal up to $100 lol
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I sold my stock wheels with a set of studded tires for $600. I bought the tires used for $175. I was very happy. (on craigslist)
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They're legal here in PA, and with the hills of Pittsburgh, not hugely uncommon. With that said, I've seen some on craigslist and they're going for less than half of what I paid from Tire Rack. So it looks like removal is the better option financially. Really I'd be willing to pay for removal up to $100 lol
Not a hope in hell any shop is going to do that for $100. Especially at one if their busiest times of year.

If only there was someplace that could show you how to do it.

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Not a hope in hell any shop is going to do that for $100. Especially at one if their busiest times of year.

If only there was someplace that could show you how to do it.

DIY - How to Remove Studs From Studded Snow Tires - Easily Remove Snow Tire Studs - YouTube
Thanks but I'd already watched that and tried the screwdriver method. No luck.
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I feel like I'd be taking a major hit considering they're pretty much brand new (have had them one week).
I'm sure you will. That said, it's a sunk cost. Don't let one bad decision lead you into making another. Cut your losses and do the right thing. Sell them as is and buy what you want. Consider it an expensive and unfortunate lesson.
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