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Old 08-26-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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How to tell if you have beadlocks?

Before I purchased my Jeep this year, my wife and I decided we needed a more functional, capable vehicle. And we both wanted a Jeep ever since we were very young. However, neither of us knew anything about off-roading. When we purchased the Jeep, we still knew very little, but decided on 35" toyo MT's and XD811 Rockstar II wheels because there was a fully loaded Jeep in the showroom that had them, and they looked great!

Now that we're starting to get into off-roading more and more, and learning more and more, we wanted to know if our wheels had Beadlocks on them. However, neither of us have any idea how to actually check if we have them or not.

Can anyone help us out?

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Old 08-26-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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ID:	1429721 Beadlock ring installed, Click image for larger version

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ID:	1429729 The ring holds (locks) the bead of the tire in place with a lot of grade 8 bolts. Click image for larger version

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ID:	1429737 Installed...ton of work and The vast majority of shops will NOT touch Beadlocks to balance, mount, unmount and my local DT would not even sell me the tire warranty. If your tires/wheels are not this much work you probably do NOT have Beadlocks! These are TrailReady Beadlocks.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:15 PM   #3
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Sadly you do not have bead locks. Bead locks are exactly what they sound like; it is a wheel with a ring (bead) bolted all around the edge and it locks the tire in place. These keep your tire secure on the wheel when airing down to offroad. Believe it or not, bead locks are not street legal in most places, so before switching, check that out. Some top brand bead locks are Method, ATX, and Hutchinson (just to name a few). If your curious, hop on google and google "jeep beadlocks" and look at the pictures, you will definitely see the difference
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:36 PM   #4
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Ah ok, I already know what you guys are talking about. Yes, I've definitely seen them; I just didn't know it!

Hmm, well I don't think I will bother with them then. I was picturing an internal appearance of the wheel. Not that it looks bad or anything, but seems a bit too finicky for our needs.

Thanks for the help!
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Look at a Coyote style beadlock. They go inside your tire use any wheel you want and they hold both sides of the tire against the rim. You have to drill a second hole in your rim for the stuan valve stem...not a big deal. Less work, work good, cheaper. http://www.4wheelparts.com/Wheels/Be...turer_PQ=Staun
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:55 PM   #6
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Haha, I have a whole list of other things I need to get for my jeep, and then a '15 jeep next year for my wife. Beadlocks are currently quite low on my priorities at the moment.
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You need to go to something like Overland Expo and pick up some skills. You'll have a good time, learn a bunch, make some lifelong friends.
And keep from killing yourself....

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Beadlocks will be my first wheel purchase for sure. Been with to many friends that aired down while offroading and had to deal with the tire coming off the wheel, PITA.
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They are either airing down to far or have too wide a wheel.

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