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Old 01-14-2012, 04:22 PM   #1
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RR rim protectors

Could anyone tell me if the rugged ridge rim protectors seriously help keeping the tire in place when deflating, or are they just for decoration?
I would be thankful if anyone who already tried them can tell me what is the minimum pressure we can inflate when using them

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Old 01-14-2012, 05:47 PM   #2
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This is a total guess, here...they're for looks.

Post a link, and we'll see if I'm wrong.

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Old 01-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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Okay. Are you talking about this?


Rugged Ridge 15250.02 - Rugged Ridge Rim Protector in Satin Black Powder Coat for 07-12 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with Rugged Ridge JK Wheels - Quadratec

If so...(from Product Description):

Each Rim Protector is designed to protect the rim of your wheels from rocks and curbs while giving the wheel that "bead lock" look. Each is sold as an individual piece and come with all mounting hardware. These are custom designed for Rugged Ridge 17"x9" JK wheels only (except Chrome finished wheel) and can not be used on any other wheel design.

So, they're decorative only. They won't help in any way for airing down. For that, you'd want true beadlocks.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:56 AM   #4
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I installed the Rugged Ridge wheels and bought one rim protector to see how I liked it. For function, it should protect the edges of your rims if you wheel in rocks (or rub against curbs). I decided I liked the look of the rims without the protector, and found that the protector adds quite a bit of weight to the wheel. I decided not to use it at this time. If I scar my wheels up, I might add the protectors later to hide the marks. But it is not a beadlock and does nothing to help maintain the tire bead when wheeling with low tire pressure.
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:28 AM   #5
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I guess i'll have to go for true beadlocks

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I installed the Rugged Ridge wheels and bought one rim protector to see how I liked it. For function, it should protect the edges of your rims if you wheel in rocks (or rub against curbs). I decided I liked the look of the rims without the protector, and found that the protector adds quite a bit of weight to the wheel. I decided not to use it at this time. If I scar my wheels up, I might add the protectors later to hide the marks. But it is not a beadlock and does nothing to help maintain the tire bead when wheeling with low tire pressure.
How down could you go with pressure without loosing the tire? Is 15 psi still safe?
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I air down to 10psi all the time with out "true" beadLocks. I have simulated beadlocks. very similar to what is pictured.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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I air down to 10psi all the time with out "true" beadLocks. I have simulated beadlocks. very similar to what is pictured.
That's nice to hear, guess i'll be happy with my Rugged ridge. Thanks for all the great feedbacks
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I have heard 10-15 psi without beadlocks, single digit tire pressure with beadlocks. I had AEV Pintler beadlocks, but the wife and kids are now using the Jeep as a daily driver. My son got a flat, and we found that most tire shops will not touch a beadlock wheel. I had to dismount the tire at home, have it repaired, and then remount the tire on the wheel back at the house. That could be a real problem if I was out of town and the wife, son or daughter had a flat, so I replaced them with the Rugged Ridge wheels. Beadlocks are great on a dedicated trail machine, but they have some limitations when used on a daily driver.
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:11 PM   #9
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I have heard 10-15 psi without beadlocks, single digit tire pressure with beadlocks. I had AEV Pintler beadlocks, but the wife and kids are now using the Jeep as a daily driver. My son got a flat, and we found that most tire shops will not touch a beadlock wheel. I had to dismount the tire at home, have it repaired, and then remount the tire on the wheel back at the house. That could be a real problem if I was out of town and the wife, son or daughter had a flat, so I replaced them with the Rugged Ridge wheels. Beadlocks are great on a dedicated trail machine, but they have some limitations when used on a daily driver.
I'm not much of a "home improvement" guy so i'll drop the beadlocks, 10 to 15 psi is enough for an 80%dd 20%Off road user.
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I didn't know if I'd like the look of the rim protector or the rims without. I bought one to check it out. I do like the look, especially the bolts instead of screws. I've seen some AEV wheels and the edges were trashed, so I'm guessing they'll work for that. Also, you can paint them to change the look. I'm thinking about making mine white.
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I didn't know if I'd like the look of the rim protector or the rims without. I bought one to check it out. I do like the look, especially the bolts instead of screws. I've seen some AEV wheels and the edges were trashed, so I'm guessing they'll work for that. Also, you can paint them to change the look. I'm thinking about making mine white.
Very nice wheels, i'm convinced, the protectors give them a new dimension. On a white beauty like yours with a black freedom top i would definetly paint the protectors in white to have a black and white balance all over. Yet again it's a matter of taste

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