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Old 11-02-2009, 01:53 PM   #1
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Question Beadlocks vs Non-Beadlocks Question

I don't know much about beadlock wheels. Are the strictly for offroad use only?

Can/Should you run them in a DD?

At what point should I invest in them over a non-beaded wheel?

What is the maintenance on them, how often do you need to adjust them?

Can you add beadlocks to existing non-beaded wheels?

Thanks for helping to understand this.

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I don't know much about beadlock wheels. Are the strictly for offroad use only?
Answer: You can run them on a DD but most people do not. There is also the never ending debate over DOT approved beadlocks and non-DOT approved beadlocks. I'm sure someone will gladly start that debate...shortly.

Can/Should you run them in a DD?

Answer: In a perfect world I would have two sets of wheels and tires. A set for trail and a set for street. The beadlocks require periodic tightening of the bolts as they do tend to loosen over time.

At what point should I invest in them over a non-beaded wheel?

Answer: That's up to you to decide. However, I would not air down below 10-12 PSI without beadlocks. What tire pressure do you normally run when you're wheeling?

What is the maintenance on them, how often do you need to adjust them?

Answer: You need to frequently re-tighten the beadlock bolts. I check mine before and after every run. Invest in a good torque wrench.

Can you add beadlocks to existing non-beaded wheels?

Answer: Yes. There are several places that sell kits to convert your existing wheels over to beadlocks. Not all wheels will work though. Also, there are companies like Champion Wheel that will do the conversion for you.

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Also, there's another alternative to conventional beadlocks - internal beadlocks. Here's a link:

http://www.staunproducts.com/documen...0Beadlocks.pdf
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Tks for the info that was very helpful. I was thinking of buying these wheels
http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/i...classic_ii.jpg

But wasn't sure if i can get beadlocks for them later if I needed them. I don't want to buy another set of wheels, I really like those.
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i know the lower your psi the better grip, but is running your tire around 5-10 psi recommended even with beads?

Is there an overall preferred psi for crawling/mudding or is it more trial and error based on your tire?
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Tks for the info that was very helpful. I was thinking of buying these wheels
http://www.mickeythompsontires.com/i...classic_ii.jpg

But wasn't sure if i can get beadlocks for them later if I needed them. I don't want to buy another set of wheels, I really like those.
That's a very popular wheel so I'm sure someone like Champion has done a wheel like that. You might call them and find out before you pull the trigger though.

Mine are Champion Beadlock Baja's which are very similar to the Mickey Thompsons. Here's a link:

Champion Wheels

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i know the lower your psi the better grip, but is running your tire around 5-10 psi recommended even with beads?

Is there an overall preferred psi for crawling/mudding or is it more trial and error based on your tire?
I've run my beadlocks as low as 2 PSI before without issue. Deciding the best PSI depends on your tire (tread pattern, sidewall strenghth and stiffness and sidewall tread) and the type of terrain you're doing.
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tks scout this has been very helpful info

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