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Old 01-09-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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noob on beadlock wheels

Ok guys, I'm a noob on beadlocks. I know what they are for, but need a little bit more info.

First thing first, for what kind of wheeling would you recommend getting beadlocks? The only reason I think about it is because I air down my tires to 18psi but I'm afraid of going lower without them.

Now about the beadlocks, my friend recommended me the trailworthyfab.com hummer wheels. I have never used steel wheels before, what would be best, steel or aluminum.

What about the bolts? some have 8 bolt other 12 other 24. I guess this is related to the strength of the beadlock holding the tire in place but I'm not sure.

The ones at trailworhtyfab have dual beadlocks and recommend using some kind of insert, like PVC, but I do not know what is it for.

And, should a single beadlock be enough?

I'll appreciate your input about this, thank you.

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #2
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Here you go:

Street legal, DOT approved.

Hutchinson makes high quality wheels.
Beadlock Wheels for Jeep® Vehicles - Quadratec

Hutchinson supplies the US Military with rubber beadlocks, runflats, and 2 pc. beadlock wheels.

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i believe there is no beadlock on the market that is DOT approved. so uncle sam & smokey the bear will and can pull ya over for it.
I am still a little hesitant on this for a few reasons.

1. I am sure that not all wheels on the market that are non-beadlock are stamped "DOT approved."

2. I havent seen a specific vehicle code that covers the use of beadlock wheels (not saying there isnt one). I actually believe there was a guy over on the "eyepatch" that was offering money to anyone that could prove to him that beadlocks were illegal.

3. I bet 9 out of 10 cops couldnt tell the difference between this:

and this:


Not saying that you are wrong...but there is definitely a gray area as far as this is concerned.
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3. I bet 9 out of 10 cops couldnt tell the difference between this:
I wonder if you could just tell them they are fake. I doubt they carry a wrench to test it
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I wonder if you could just tell them they are fake. I doubt they carry a wrench to test it
They wouldnt take the liability either.

This whole DOT gimmick on beadlocks is nonsense, just buy a quality beadlock and run it. By the way the "8" bolt probably meant 8 lug, as ive never seen a BL that used less than 12. But i guess its possible.

On a side note, ive been riding with super street cars that have non highway usage slicks and non highway beadlocks on the street right next to a police officer as well, they could careless.

But if it were to come apart and involve you and another in an accident then youd be SOL on coverage.
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The older military HMMWV's used to use an 8 bolt, 8 lug dual beadlock.
They used a stronger bias ply tire (crappy on paved roads).

Of course now they use a 24 bolt, 8 lug 2-pc wheel and radials.

Here's a collection of them
Lot of 40 Rims 16 5 x 8 25 2 Piece 8 Lug Military HMMWV Steel Wheel Rims | eBay

PS, I'll bet none are straight.
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If you are only going down to 18psi you are wasting your time and money on beadlocks. I know guys that wheel extreme trails at 12 psi without them and dont blow beads.

And there are way better options then the hummer wheels unless you just want them for looks and being able to say you have them.
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If you are only going down to 18psi you are wasting your time and money on beadlocks. I know guys that wheel extreme trails at 12 psi without them and dont blow beads.

And there are way better options then the hummer wheels unless you just want them for looks and being able to say you have them.
x2 on this as well...I wheel around 10psi everywhere I go and have yet to lose a bead.
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If you are only going down to 18psi you are wasting your time and money on beadlocks. I know guys that wheel extreme trails at 12 psi without them and dont blow beads.

And there are way better options then the hummer wheels unless you just want them for looks and being able to say you have them.
Thank you, you just saved me $2000+ on this. I have friends that wheel at 15 without problems, but I just believed they were crazy. Now I know I can go a bit lower and still don't blow any beads without expending so much money. Thank you! Better use that for other upgrades.
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Beadlocks have their place, but you can also reset the bead with ether (starter fluid) and a match. I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep over not having them.

That said, you can shred a tire and drive out off a trail on dual beadlocks. The tire will be flat (and you might ruin the rim) but you can drive out.

A HMMWV beadlocked/runflat tire/wheel weighs in at around 160#. Not what you want on a Jeep axle. (they are however only around $100/wheel)
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Beadlocks have their place, but you can also reset the bead with ether (starter fluid) and a match. I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep over not having them.

That said, you can shred a tire and drive out off a trail on dual beadlocks. The tire will be flat (and you might ruin the rim) but you can drive out.

A HMMWV beadlocked/runflat tire/wheel weighs in at around 160#. Not what you want on a Jeep axle. (they are however only around $100/wheel)
You definently would only want to run them on a 1 ton equipped jeep atleast running 37"s or higher
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Thank you, you just saved me $2000+ on this. I have friends that wheel at 15 without problems, but I just believed they were crazy. Now I know I can go a bit lower and still don't blow any beads without expending so much money. Thank you! Better use that for other upgrades.
FYI--- I just run 18 psi when I am using my JEEP for a hunting buggy.
When I get to wheeling I am down at the 8 to 12 psi range without beadlocks. Running 37-12.50-17 GY MT/R Kevlars. And I have yet to have a problem. Not saying that I won't, but as stated above, ether and a match = bead reseated.

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