I have just a set of summer tires in very poor condition and a huge heap of studded winter tires. Selling winter tires is very hard so I got an idea to use the winter tires as summer tires with removed studs.
Is it a good idea and how should you remove studs without damaging the tire itself?
Can you use the tire afterwards as winter tire or will the studs become too loose? Any experience?
Should I fill the stud-positions with something if I remove the studs?
The winter tires are W106 Nokian tyres, Hakkapeliitta.
While the tire itself might or might not be intact after removing the studs, the tube inside the tire would suffer. Studs are installed by piercing the tire itself, and you'd have to patch the hole left by each stud or you'd have blowouts.
Most winter tires I know of have the ability to be run studded or studless. So choosing to have studs added to your tires is a personal choice. In all cases that I know of a stud is inserted in a spot on the tire that has a hole pocket cut for a stud.
I also have had ran many winter tires just by removing the studs for use during the summer. Does this vary the performance of a winter tire used during the summer. Probably, does, I just am trying to use the tire rather than letting the tire company keep the tire when I buy a new snow tire. However, I am getting my use out of the tire as long as I get a new tire before I have run the tire to a safe replacement time for the tire.