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Old 10-21-2010, 03:19 PM   #1
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Beadlock Questions

Hey all -
I'm looking at buying a 98 TJ that has Trail Ready beadlocks on it, rolling IROK 36"x14"x15" tires. The guy selling the jeep trailers it to the trail mostly, but drives it on the highway occasionally.
The tires look pretty shot, and since I'm not going to trailer this jeep anywhere I know I'm gonna need to replace them pretty soon. Just called Les Schwab to see what I was getting myself into for cost to replace and they tell me that I can buy them (expensive!) but they won't install them for me since they're not DOT approved.
Who does install & balance near Sacramento, CA? Are these beadlocks worth the trouble?
Thanks!

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Old 10-21-2010, 03:24 PM   #2
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Whats not DOT approved? The DOT doesn't govern beadlocks and they are not illegal in any state that I know of

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Old 10-21-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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I don't know what "DOT approved" means. I don't even care. That's just what the guy at Les Schwab said: "we won't install them for you because they're not DOT approved." All I care about is:
- Can somebody install and balance them
- Will they balance like a normal tire
- Am I going to get crap from a jealous cop
- Are the beadlocks worth the hassle
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Old 10-21-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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They aren't Illegal and no cops should hassle you...
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:24 PM   #5
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I guess I should have posted this in the "Tires & Wheels" forum? Whoops! Still new to this thing and trying to figure it out.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:33 PM   #6
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If if were me I would buy the tires and mount them myself. TR's are the easist ones since they are only beadlock on one side. All you have to do is let the air out of um, pull the bolts out of the ring and pull the tire off. Now, your gonna need a tool to get the back bead up and over the lip but thats not a big deal. Install is easier, just grease up the back bead and slip it over the wheel and you should be able to push it down by hand. Install the ring and bolts, then air up...done.
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They're Illegal in Utah. Can't figure out why, but they are!
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If if were me I would buy the tires and mount them myself. TR's are the easist ones since they are only beadlock on one side. All you have to do is let the air out of um, pull the bolts out of the ring and pull the tire off. Now, your gonna need a tool to get the back bead up and over the lip but thats not a big deal. Install is easier, just grease up the back bead and slip it over the wheel and you should be able to push it down by hand. Install the ring and bolts, then air up...done.
But what about balancing them?
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It's too much trouble. It's definitely not worth it. Tell you what......I'm going to do you a favor. Sell me the beadlocks. I'll give you my Eagle Alloy wheels and a big handful of cash and we'll both be happy. Deal?
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I never balance anything over a 35" tire....if you buy new Iroks or anything from Interco or Mickey Thompson all you do is line the yellow ink stamp up with the valve stem and your good to go. I run my 44 boggers like that on my old truck and have been for 12 years without issue

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