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Old 04-30-2014, 01:23 PM   #1
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Beadlock questions

I'm doing some research on B.A.D Eklipse beadlocks. Are they the only ones that are D.O.T. approved? Does anyone have them? What are the consequences of driving on beadlocks that are not D.O.T approved? I'm open to any suggestions.

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None are DOT approved.

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None are DOT approved.
Not true.

But it doesn't matter as no one in CO cares if you are running beadlocks on the street.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:31 PM   #4
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The B.A.D Eklipse are D.O.T approved. It has been my research that they are the only ones that are. Correct me and point me in the right direction if I am wrong cause these rims come with a huge price tag. My concern is being told if you are involved in a auto accident and the investing officer or insurance company finds out, you may not be covered. To risk or not to risk?
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Hutchinson also makes a D.O.T. compliant beadlock which are sold as RockMonster wheels.
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This was posted in one of the other countless threads on Beadlocks...
There is no such thing as a DOT approved bead lock wheel. Neither does the DOT have any problem with bead lock wheels. The DOT issued a letter to that effect years ago. And if you think the DOT had approved any aftermarket wheels, you'd be wrong there too. The DOT has no wheel approval process. Despite the false claim some wheel manufacturers make that their wheels are DOT approved... they're not. Period.
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AEV has DOT compliant beadlocks with a lifetime structural warranty; keyword compliant. http://www.aev-conversions.com/shop/...s-non-beadlock
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Ok, I'm curious. What are you building that you would need beadlocks?
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Ok, I'm curious. What are you building that you would need beadlocks?
My thoughts exactly. Why have the outside a beadlock if the inside doesn't have a reinforcing ring.

Money wasted IMO.
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One could say Larger tires a lift or even a winch is a waste of money too. We all build our rigs to our personal preferences whether it's to crawl rocks or pose at the mall.
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Hold it right there buster, there are some tall curbs at the mall.
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No shit, people are always yelling at me to get off the sidewalk

And then there are those itty bitty cars, drive over them like they aren't even there...
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One could say Larger tires a lift or even a winch is a waste of money too. We all build our rigs to our personal preferences whether it's to crawl rocks or pose at the mall.
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And the car-jackers, a jeep is almost a must at the mall these days.


Actually I would rather invest in an Atlas transfer case, than beadlocks.
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Seriously, I know Paula wants to have a very capable rig. She has been working at that for years. I'm just curious what level she's shooting for. If you're running level 8 to 10 trails yeah, beadlocks are part of the package. Any level less than that 8 to 12 psi is sufficient and it is very unlikely you will pop a bead at those pressures.
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Actually I would rather invest in an Atlas transfer case, than beadlocks.
Ditto on that
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Well i only drive up on the curb to get around the people in their little smart cars who dont know how to drive, and get lost on their way to the mall. As for my build. I want to feel confident when I air down and I'm crawling along. I would like to aim for a 10 on the high end but the highest level I've done is 8, moody hill. I would like my PSI to be around 10ish i know i can do fine with 15 to 18 and i do but.... thanks john for the information, i look forward to running a trail with all of you this summer.
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Well, if you get up to level 10 trails Paula you are going to have one really awesome rig and I know you are quite capable of it. Another possibility you might consider is Staun beadlocks. It is essentially a bladder that sits against the rim and forces both the inner and outer beads against the rim. That, I think, would be the direction I would go with my own rig. But whatever you decide, good luck with it
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I used to air my xj down to 6psi and was running 8-9 levels and never blew a bead
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Consider beadlocks as peace of mind...the tire doesn't always lose a bead because pressure it too low, shit happens. I've never lost a bead at 8psi but you bet I was thinking about it all day. That's why I'm building some beadlocks now.
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Well, if you get up to level 10 trails Paula you are going to have one really awesome rig and I know you are quite capable of it. Another possibility you might consider is Staun beadlocks. It is essentially a bladder that sits against the rim and forces both the inner and outer beads against the rim. That, I think, would be the direction I would go with my own rig. But whatever you decide, good luck with it
Thank you Ed.
I will take some time and do some research on staun.
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Don't you have to drill another hole in your rim to use the stauns? So it's one valve stem for the bladder and one valve stem for the tire??
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Don't you have to drill another hole in your rim to use the stauns? So it's one valve stem for the bladder and one valve stem for the tire??
Exactly.
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Yeah, but that's not a big deal, especially if you're running steel rims. The stauns are meant to be run at high psi so you need to fill them separately. You can run tires at 2 psi and never think twice about it. Plus if I remember right they have some run flat capability.
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Hey John Long time no hear. How are things going?
Heya Ed ! ! It's been awhile, I've been working a lot but things are finally slowing down a bit so I can use the time to get back to working the Jeep (and now I have a 20x30 shop to work in, happiness incarnate). How have you been? Hope your finding time for more trails than trials this year.
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I take it you're still doing short haul. You really need to get out of that while you can still walk Oh, what I wouldn't give for a shop like that! Used to have one like that that was a walk in from the garage. Oh well...

Jeep is practically in one piece now. Another week or so and I'll be running again and hopefully won't bash the hell out of it again...

Will you have time for a visit in late May? I really really got to get out of here...
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I'm actually running Propane now, so I'm around daily now. I have a few trails I want to do up here that are new to me and the big bash in Casper (lots and lots of wheeling fanatics all competing) is coming up on May 24th I believe.

These days I get paid to take a 30k lbs bomb out wheeling, some interesting places, enough so that it has full locker in the drive axle.

The new digs -
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Dude, I hope you are getting paid very very well for that That is an awesome shop! You can pull in your tractor no problem. That a Volvo? Can't see enough to tell for sure.

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