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Trooper Spike System

Say goodbye to tire-spike strips that blow out your tires. Federal Signal’s Stinger spike system employs hollow spikes to deflate the tires in a regulated manner, gradually slowing the vehicle instead of causing Hollywood-style crashes.

When a tire hits the strip, it rocks backward, directing the 2.1″ spikes toward the tire. As the tire passes over the spikes, the weight of the tire drives them deeply into tire. As the tire leaves the strip, only the embedded spikes pull out of the assembly. Another full tire rotation pushes the spikes completely into the tire. Typically a tire picks up four to six spikes, which cause it to deflate in 12 to 20 seconds.  The high-strength steel spikes even work on self-sealing and run-flat tires.

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Interested law enforcement professionals will pay about $470 for a fifteen-foot Trooper spike system with 110 spikes. If you’re not in law enforcement, hopefully you’ll never run into this cool tool.

Stinger Spike Systems [Federal Signal]
Trooper Spike System [Officer Store]


7 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Tire Deflation Device

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    That’s slick. And it seems like it’d be a lot safer for all involved.

  2. John says:

    Another cool thing about the Stinger is that one officer can spread the assembly across the road without having to walk onto the road, and just a flick of the wrist (okay, arm), s/he can retract them before the pursuing vehicles come through.

  3. cw says:

    Works on self-sealing tires, yes. Runflats, not so much. At least on the thick-sidewall, or the solid-insert types.

  4. Casey says:

    What happened to the good old days when the cops would just shoot out the tires?

  5. John says:

    Man, The Blues Brothers would have been over in 45 minutes if they’d had these things.

    Smokey and the Bandit = 15 minutes.

  6. Weldo says:

    Man, this would have made dating SO much easier!

  7. Coach James says:

    Does this mean we won’t get to see the thugs on COPS driving down the highway at 60 miles/hour on bare rims shooting sparks all over while they throw cinder block size packs of weed out the window?

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