||05-15-2013 10:35 AM
Originally Posted by vince.parker25
What brand are they. I like them. They're almost like the stock wrangler ones with bead locks.
Oh and I don't know if you know anything. But are there ways to take our current ballistic rims and make them bead locks?
They're Hutchinson beadlocks. Unfortunately this particular model was discontinued quite some time ago in favor of their new model
, which is also pretty cool. When I picked up my Jeep in October of 2011 I couldn't find them anywhere but Brady over at High Country 4x4 in Denver was able to track down a set working with his contact at Hutchinson. I doubt there are any new ones still in existence however if you like the wheel I'd just do some on-line searches and see if anyone is selling a used set. You could probably get a pretty good deal.
I've always loved the stock Rubicon wheels but really wanted the functionality of beadlocks so when I saw these on a Jeep in parking lot I made note of the brand and took some pictures and began my search. As a bonus, they're DOT approved! May not seem like a big deal but find yourself in an accident where someone is injured and a savvy attorney has grounds to take everything you have on behalf of his injured client. Don't quote me on this but I'm pretty sure at that time it was the only DOT approved beadlock, I believe AEV was still waiting for approval around that time-frame. I could be wrong, but that's the way I remember it, others here are welcome to correct me if I'm talking out of my ass on that one.
As far as converting your current rims into beadlocks I'm sure it's possible in theory however it would be cost prohibitive unless of course you happen to be a billionaire with money to burn. ;)