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Old 07-19-2014, 12:33 AM   #1
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Legal Trouble with Running Beadlocks

I am just curious: has anyone ever gotten pulled over for driving on road with beadlocks? I understand many cops don't/can't tell the difference between real and look-alikes, but I'm just interested in your guys' experiences? Thanks
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:33 AM   #2
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Not yet but of course since I just wrote that will probably get a talking to today. There are now street legal bead locks, unsure of the maker and model. Heck on the Ford Raptor you can order beadlocks (real) as an installed option.

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Old 07-19-2014, 08:17 AM   #3
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Stupid question, but why would they be illegal?
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Another stupid question, what's the big deal about beadlocks anyways?
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Old 07-19-2014, 08:43 AM   #5
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Beadlocks allow you to air down without worrying about the bead letting go.


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Another stupid question, what's the big deal about beadlocks anyways?
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Beadlocks allow you to air down without worrying about the bead letting go.
Ok. Is that a common problem amongst non-beadlock wheels?
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Ok. Is that a common problem amongst non-beadlock wheels?
I think for the real low like under 10 pounds of air.
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I think for the real low like under 10 pounds of air.
Oh ok! I understand now. Yeah, I can see how that would be a big problem if you didn't have beadlocks.
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It's the fact that most are not DOT approved. And it would take a pretty savvy police officer to nab you on that. More likely to get cited at vehicle inspection time, if they are held in your region.

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I don't understand why that would be illegal. Looks like it would be safer having them where you wouldn't throw a tire .
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When you look at something like the Rock Monsters, they are actually using an internal lock(I believe thats how it was described to me) so no "ring" to fall off. Its locked from the inside. I believe most beadlocks are "locked" from a ring that bolts on to the outside. If that ring fails, you lose your bead. If the Rock Monster internal bead lock fails, you still hold the bead, you just lose the lock portion, so basically it reverts to a normal wheel at that point.

Im not sure what test or what not the manufacturers have to go through to prove a bead lock is safe for highway use, but I imagine its not cheap. I also dont know if an "external" bead lock could ever be DOT approved just due to its design. I think you will see more of the internal bead locks like the Rock Monsters achieve DOT approval, but they are definitely not a cheap product.

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