How to Stud Dirt Bike Tires

Studding a dirt bike tire is the way to go if you want your tires to be last longer. It will also keep them from getting flat spots which can lead to uneven wear of the treads. Studding a dirt bike tire is not as hard as it might sound, but there are some tips that you should know before getting started.

How to Stud Dirt Bike Tires

This post provides step-by-step instructions on how to stud dirt bike tires and gives additional information about caring for them after they have been done so that they will last longer.

Why Stud Dirt Bike Tires

Dirt bike tires can be studded for different reasons. The most common reason is to prevent tire wear on soft terrain such as sand, mud and grass. Studding also improves the traction of dirt bike tires when it’s not flat-spotted or worn down from use in rockier surfaces like asphalt roads, gravel paths, and rocks among others.

Why Stud Dirt Bike Tires:

Studs are typically made out of steel, aluminum or titanium alloys that penetrate the surface around them. This makes it easier for riders to go over obstacles with little resistance since they are able to grip tightly onto whatever surface they land on by penetrating through it without getting stuck inside its crevices which could cause damage or injury if there was no way out (especially for riders with high-sided motorcycles).

Studs are also helpful when riding in slippery conditions like wet or oily surfaces. This is because they help to provide better grip and traction on the ground since dirt bike tires can’t easily penetrate through such surfaces which could cause them to slip.

Types of Studded Tires

There are two types of studded tires: permanent studding, where a metal plate lined with sharp spikes is embedded inside the tire that has been mounted onto the rim; and removable studding, which involves adding an insert onto your standard tire as you would normally do during routine maintenance (you will need new ones each season).

Types of Studded Tires

Permanent Studlists have many benefits over their cheaper counterpart but should only be used by professional racers who value the performance they provide in extreme conditions.

Removable studs are a good way to get some grip while still being able to use the bike for other purposes such as commuting or leisure biking, but keep in mind that it will be necessary to replace them every season.

Required Materials

  • A stud gun
  • Studs (usually in a range of sizes)
  • Screw Driver
  • Wrench
  • Tires/Wheels
  • An air compressor or bike pump to inflate the tire.

Instructions: How to Stud Dirt Bike Tires

Before starting, make sure that you have the necessary materials mentioned above.

Deflate and remove debris from the tread:

In order to stud a dirt bike tire, first, deflate it and remove any debris from the inside of the crown with your screwdriver before inserting one or two heavy-duty rubber O-rings in there. These will act as spacers while allowing the studs to enter the tread.

Make a hole in the rubber O-ring:

Using your screwdriver, make a hole in the center of each rubber O-ring and insert one or two heavy-duty rubber plugs into them so that they are secure on both sides. Now inflate the tire until it is just under 60psi less than its recommended psi level for general use. The pressure will need to be adjusted if you want to go offroad with this type of bike tire.

Make a hole in the rubber O-ring

Push firmly against the inner part:

Inserting all but one of your studs (you can choose which size) from inside out, push firmly against the inner part of the crown as you pull back and forth toward yourself several times before inserting another one through it at an angle closer towards where your hand came from when opened up completely.

Repeat the process again:

Repeat this process, alternating the angle of each time you insert one in a different direction. This will make sure that no studs are touching when they screw into place and also help to distribute pressure evenly across the tire surface.

Puncture additional holes based on tread patterns:

You may need to puncture additional holes if there is not enough space for all your studs as some brands have more spacing than others based on how deep tread pattern is.

You do not want any contact between two pieces since it can lead to cracking or tearing apart of rubber from where it attaches so be careful with this step. The process of attaching them only takes about 15 minutes, multiplying by 18 times per year in addition to the time it takes to remove them, which only requires a wrench.

Close up the last hole using small metal:

Once you finish inserting all but one of your studs (you can choose which size), close up the last hole using something like a nail knotter punch tool or small metal. This will make sure that no studs are touching when they screw into place and also help to distribute pressure evenly across the tire surface.

Use an air compressor to tightly secure the position:

After you have completely inserted all of your studs into place, use an air compressor or even the bead breaker if one is available and attach it onto each side of the tire before releasing pressure on both sides simultaneously so that they are tightly secured in their position.

It may seem difficult at first but after contacting our experts here at Dirt Bike Tires we can assure you that this process is not as complicated as some people think! Be sure to check out our blog for more information on how dirt bike tires work and other tips for maintaining them.

Frequently Asked Question

Can You Stud Tires Yourself?

Yes, it is possible to stud tires yourself. Without the use of any tools, all you need are new tire studs and a power drill with a screwdriver attachment. You will need to unscrew the studs that are already in your tire and then screw on new ones.

Make sure you only put one stud into each hole, as two can cause problems when riding. It is also important not to over-tighten them so they do not puncture through the rubber of the tire; this would cause a loss of traction.

How do I know if my bike needs Studded Tires?

Chris LeBrun from Michelin North America Inc said that If your present set of tires have less than 20% tread remaining on them they should be replaced before winter sets in.

The best way to assess whether or not you may need some studds for your motorcycle is by using this simple rule of thumb; if more than two-wheel revolutions cannot remove mud or dirt from the contact patch then it’s time to invest in some fresh wheels!

Are Studded Bike Tires Worth It?

There are many advantages to studded bike tires, including better traction in snow and on ice; the ability to drive through deep water without risking damage from hydroplaning; longer tread life.

However, it’s not all good news for this type of tire as they do have some disadvantages. On hard surfaces like pavement or paved roads, you will burn through the tread much faster than you would with a standard tire because studs can’t be turned.


Studding bike tires is easy to do and will make your ride more enjoyable. If you want your own set of wheels to be just as good on any terrain, then now is the time to know how to stud dirt bike tires properly! 

Our way of studding a tire is fast, cheap and effective. This method involves using two nuts with an open end that can be screwed onto threads on either side of the rim; this prevents any air from escaping during installation.

If you’re still not sure whether or not these steps are right for you, please reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you. 

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Darren Matlock

Darren Matlock

Hi, I'm Darren. I love dirt bikes and everything about the off-road lifestyle. I'm passionate about motorbikes, cars, racing sports and going on adventures. If you're like me and enjoy extreme sports, you've come to the right place! I like to write articles about dirt bikes to help beginners get started. Whether you're interested in buying a dirt bike, ATV, motorcycle or want to ride for hobby, I hope my articles will inspire you to learn more about how this machine can be used to ride.

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