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Old 10-14-2007, 08:37 PM   #1
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DoT Approved Bead Locks?

As part of my next major upgrade, I'm thinking of finally doing bead locks.

Does anybody have experience with a good set of DoT approved locks?

Want to go that route 'cause I'd like to keep it a DD if at all possible.

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Old 10-14-2007, 10:04 PM   #2
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What size tires are you running? I'd only think of running beadlocks on 36" or bigger tires. And if its a DD - beadlocks would be a no-no. You'd have to constantly keep re tightening them.

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Old 10-14-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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Arabia's Overkill has some that the owner stated are DOT approved. Try giving them a call
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:14 PM   #4
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Thinking of 38 to 40".

Heard that OMF Performance has 'em, but haven't had a chance to check into it.
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What size tires are you running? I'd only think of running beadlocks on 36" or bigger tires. And if its a DD - beadlocks would be a no-no. You'd have to constantly keep re tightening them.
I will disagree with everything you posted. I would bead lock any tire size if you plan to air down and go wheeling. Also, if torqued properly I doubt you should ever have to tighten them again. Knowing from experience.

I ran these DOT approved double bead locks from Hutchinson. Everything about them was completely awesome. I installed them and after numerous times of checking them for torque I finally gave up as they never moved.



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i hate how they are being so enal about beadlocks w/ 15-20 nuts but they allow spinners on the road.
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Old 10-15-2007, 12:26 AM   #8
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i've made my own beadlocks that i run with 33 swampers. 12psi in the front and 6psi in the back and i keep up with everybody on 35's no worries.

i keep mine as a second set. for the road and summer wheeling i run maxxis bighorns (radial tyre) on normal rims. beadlocks are for the fun stuff only.

never had to retension them in 2 years of use. Just use nylocks instead of normal nuts. all good. never had a leak as well.
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Dave, Im interested now. You got any pics of those home made beadlocks?
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i got inner plates laser cut out of 6mm

i welded these on to my rims.

then actually bought outer rings so not completely home made.

fitted tyre to rim, bolted it all together with 24 m8 cap screws with nylocs.


here is a picture of one, let me know if you want something more clear


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i hate how they are being so enal about beadlocks w/ 15-20 nuts but they allow spinners on the road.
I dunno if they are against beadlocks per se, I think it is more about being able to balance them properly.

Typically, you can make your own bead locks and run 'em off road all day long with no problem, but once you get to highway speeds (45 mph +), you are only asking for trouble if they aren't balanced.

I'm starting to think I may just pick up a set of steel rims and the tires and put a set on myself...and just keep my 35's for DD purposes.
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i hate how they are being so enal about beadlocks w/ 15-20 nuts but they allow spinners on the road.
If anything spinners are a distraction to other drivers.

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I dunno if they are against beadlocks per se, I think it is more about being able to balance them properly.

Typically, you can make your own bead locks and run 'em off road all day long with no problem, but once you get to highway speeds (45 mph +), you are only asking for trouble if they aren't balanced.

I'm starting to think I may just pick up a set of steel rims and the tires and put a set on myself...and just keep my 35's for DD purposes.

http://www.innovativebalancing.com/
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Have seen these before (plus heard of people using bb's or water). Anybody actually used one of those?
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I'll let you know in about a week.

Also Mr.Clifford is running them too IIRC.
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Have seen these before (plus heard of people using bb's or water). Anybody actually used one of those?
installed 12oz in each 42" irok. They balance out nice. I only get wobbles when I leave my junk aired down and the tires are out of round. Ya know with interco, you can't have all your eggs in one basket.
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Have seen these before (plus heard of people using bb's or water). Anybody actually used one of those?
balancers yes. bb's or pellet's yes. But for god sakes don't use water to try and balance your tires. Yeah people do use water in their tires for wheeling, but only for more weight and not for any balancing properties. Water is too easily disturbed. Any turn of the wheel or slow down at all will throw it off and give you one helluva ride.

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