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Old 05-21-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Rock rings to protect the valve stem? Options? Where to find?

I am trying to find a 'rock ring' or something that would weld/ bolt on to my rim or a different rim to protect my rim and valve stem. I figured this would be easy and common because of how venerable valve stems are. Maybe I am searching wrong?

I have a 4 banger and am looking into aluminum rims in the future...
If there were a steal ring that bolted around an aluminum rim to protect the valve stem and rim that would be perfect.
If there was that in a bead lock for a decent price that would be even better, that way I would not need to run a spare tire

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If there were a steal ring that bolted around an aluminum rim to protect the valve stem and rim that would be perfect.
If there was that in a bead lock for a decent price that would be even better, that way I would not need to run a spare tire
Until you ripped a hole in the sidewall of the tire...

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I am trying to find a 'rock ring' or something that would weld/ bolt on to my rim or a different rim to protect my rim and valve stem. I figured this would be easy and common because of how venerable valve stems are. Maybe I am searching wrong?
I've seen photos of these in magazines, though I can't find one online either. All you really need is a slice of tubing in an appropriate diameter, then tack weld it into place.
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Have you thought about getting shorter valve stems that are made of plastic? I found some stubby sized valve stems and have not ripped one out since I made the switch.
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^^ That's one idea that can help.

Another idea (which requires more work) is to relocate your valve stems inboard, such as between the spokes. Depending on the exact wheel in question, you might even mount them behind the spokes rather than in front of them.

Just another thought.
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Mickey Thompson make a rim with a rock ring...



Or you can buy a rock ring to weld to your existing rims to make them beadlocks...lots of work

ROCKCRAWLER.com - D-I-Y Beadlocks

and buy the kits...for DIY
DIY Beadlock Kits

I did stubby valve stems and it helps alot!
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You can do internal beadlocks too.
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I am trying to find a 'rock ring' or something that would weld/ bolt on to my rim or a different rim to protect my rim and valve stem. I figured this would be easy and common because of how venerable valve stems are. Maybe I am searching wrong?
you're over thinking this.

As said...stubby valve stems. Any respectable tire shop, like Discount Tire, has long and short valve stems. The short valve stems go on the smaller wheel/tire combos you'd find on a car or whatever. The long valve stems go on large sidewall wheel/tire combo's you'd find on a truck.

Just ask the techs to install the short valve stems on your Jeep wheels. Bingo, you have a short valve stem that is well recessed into the wheel.

I have a buddy that used to work at Discount Tire, which is where I got this from. We both run our aftermarket Jeep wheels with short valve stems.

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You can do internal beadlocks too.
what do Staun's have to do with the OP's question of how to protect the valve stems?
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what do Staun's have to do with the OP's question of how to protect the valve stems?

They would be an option to go with if you lost a valve stem. It would get you to a place where you could tire change. I am not sure about other states, but bead locks are not street legal in Maryland. Some people have suggested bead locks, and rock rings. It is just one more option. That is all.
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Good idea with the short valve stem and I will try to find a weld on rock ring too.
I run small 32's but have tons of flex for the hard trails to get by with my 4 banger and grind my rims on the rocks a lot.
I like the mt's but they look small like you could still rip off the valve

... Any one know a good company to buy a weld on from?
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Go to the hardware store and buy a piece of steel pipe and make your own. I've seen plenty of skidder and tractor tires with pipe nipples welded on to protect the valve stem.
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Go to the hardware store and buy a piece of steel pipe and make your own. I've seen plenty of skidder and tractor tires with pipe nipples welded on to protect the valve stem.


I would skip that. You could end up doing real damage to a rim if something lik that go ripped off in the rocks. At least with ripping off a long valve stem you only have to replace a valve stem. If you weld a steel pipe to the rim you run the risk of putting a larger hole in the rim itself. It would be better to just relocate the valve.
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I do like relocating the valve stem is sounding more and more like a good idea. Do you just weld over the old spot or how does that work?
And thank all of you guys for your support!
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I found some stubby sized valve stems and have not ripped one out since I made the switch.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:38 PM   #15
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I just looked at my Jeep to see what the guys at work put on, and they are the stubbiest valves we have. They still hit rocks though

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