Russian Welds 3,000 Nails To Steel Wheels, Uses Them As Snow Tires

Studded snow tires are a good idea when one wants to drive safely on ice-covered roads.

They dig into the ice, thus allowing the driver to keep control of the car. However, in most countries studded tires are banned outside winter months, as the studs are so tough they can dig into the pavement. For this reason, some states (such as most counties in Massachusetts) have outlawed them completely.

Compared to these two wheels made of actual nails by a Russian handyman, studded tires are a joke, though. A very patient YouTuber replaced the ubiquitous tires with nails by welding 3,000 of them to two old steel rims. He then fitted the unusual wheels to the front axle of a Lada 110 (also known as the VAZ-2110) and set out to test drive the car.

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Surprisingly, the nails managed to withstand the weight of the car and even provided decent traction at low speeds on a stretch of tarmac covered by snow and ice. Some problems started to arise when the driver wanted to go faster. As he stabbed the throttle, some of the nails began to bend under pressure, altering the front wheels’ round shape significantly. Much to the driver’s surprise, the nails didn’t fall off.

Interestingly, on the more damaged left wheel, the distance between the nails was about 15 millimeters (0.59 inches). The right wheel had the nails welded at around 10 mm (0.39 in) from one another, resulting in a stronger ensemble. In retrospect, the handyman said he should have used shorter nails as those would have made the wheels even stronger.

 

  • TheAmerican

    Only a Russian would do this.

    • Anton Yuri Calderon

      I want these sweet a f wheels!

  • Ilbirs

    The experiment was valid. Seems like a fakir laying on a bed full of nails and not getting hurt because the weight is distributed. Important problems are the unsprung weight added, the amount of vibration on the ride and the fact that there are some alternatives to winter tires if they are not available.

  • eb110americana

    I noticed how they completely glossed over the fact that the wheels they used were too small to fit over the brake calipers, so they just LEFT THEM HANGING UNDER THE CAR! Which means if you hit the brakes to use the rears, the front pistons will blow out, leaking brake fluid everywhere. So the car basically had no brakes, other than the parking brake.

    • ace_9

      I think they were not that stupid. It is enough to just put something incompressible in the brake caliper. And the Lada 2110 has a brake circuit split between front and rear axle. So, the rear brakes are independent. The problem you described can occur in cars where brake circuit is split between opposite front and rear wheels.

      • eb110americana

        Yes, putting a rock or piece of wood in there would work just fine, but I did not see anything in the video. It seems this is a beater/experiment car, so they probably don’t really care much. And yes, most every car since the 1970s has a dual master cylinder, so only half the system would lose hydraulic fluid if it did leak.

        • ace_9

          Sure, they could show something or at least say that they are disconnecting the calipers. Maybe next time 🙂

    • Ken Lyns

      He used a socket between the brake pads to keep them apart. Still a shitty idea as he’d be relying on the rear brakes only.

  • charlotteharry57

    Once this dork perfects the idea, he’ll probably then run them in the summer to see how the asphalt makes out after he runs on it. My prediction is he’ll slide into a ditch almost immediately. Must have run out of vodka…

  • Paul

    It looks like someone has too much spare time.

  • Marty

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Nick099

    Ok, this is how imagination and ingenuity can go sideways.

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