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Old 01-28-2014, 09:13 AM
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Trailready Beadlock wheels.

Greetings all. I am about to purchase rims for my 2011 JK 2dr. I am however, stuck at what bolt pattern and back spacing i need to use. So far I'm at 17x8.5 with their Rock Ring. Do I go with the 5 on 5 bolt pattern? Do I use a 4.5" back space? This is confusing to me as this is all new.

I intend on running 35/12.50 Toyo Open Country's with the rim combination. I also have an AEV 3.5 lift sitting in my living room waiting for me to get my rims/tires.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, if ya'll know any vendors that I could get a good deal with would be awesome.

Thank you guys.

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I think most of your questions are answered here. It's a short but good read.

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Great choice of lift. I own one myself.

Discount Tire is a good source for tires.

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Greetings all. I am about to purchase rims for my 2011 JK 2dr. I am however, stuck at what bolt pattern and back spacing i need to use. So far I'm at 17x8.5 with their Rock Ring. Do I go with the 5 on 5 bolt pattern? Do I use a 4.5" back space? This is confusing to me as this is all new.

I intend on running 35/12.50 Toyo Open Country's with the rim combination. I also have an AEV 3.5 lift sitting in my living room waiting for me to get my rims/tires.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, if ya'll know any vendors that I could get a good deal with would be awesome.

Thank you guys.
5x5 bolt pattern and 4" or 3.5" of backspacing. this might come out wrong... but there's a lot of maintenance associated with beadlocks... you're aware of all that, right?

oh, and great tire choice! i'm running 37x13.50 toyo mts. love them.

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Yeah, I'd skip the beadlocks. They're more of a pain in the ass than anything else, unless you're going to be regularly airing down to very low tire pressures. If you are, you probably should invest in an onboard air compressor to air back up - if you are going to air down enough to need beadlocks, you are either going to be trailering the vehicle home or airing the tires back up before driving on pavement.
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5x5 bolt pattern and 4" or 3.5" of backspacing. this might come out wrong... but there's a lot of maintenance associated with beadlocks... you're aware of all that, right? oh, and great tire choice! i'm running 37x13.50 toyo mts. love them.
What type of maintenance ? There are lots of jeeps in my area running beadlocks do not hear what a pain there. Trail ready nice wheels made in USA.

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What type of maintenance ? There are lots of jeeps in my area running beadlocks do not hear what a pain there. Trail ready nice wheels made in USA.

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i'm not knocking them... i want some beadlocks myself. and for the right crowd - they are almost a must. my point was to those buying them for looks.

the beadlock rim must be retorqued periodically, aired up frequently, and inspected often. neglecting beadlocks on the road could lead to problems.

most folks running beadlocks have on-board air, spin wrenches, know what to look for, and their rigs are inspected all the time... they check their tire pressure frequently, air down often (the whole point behind beadlocks)...

wheeling i go down to around 12 psi -- and there have been times that wasn't enough... beadlocks would safely get me into the 8 psi range... that peace of mind is what i'm after. i've seen guys run non-beadlocked wheels at real low pressure and flat out, damage wheels, or loose the bead. none of those are fun on the trail.
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Bead Lock are nice and think the extra work is worth it like anything you do to your Jeep requires extra work just part of package.

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Bead Lock are nice and think the extra work is worth it like anything you do to your Jeep requires extra work just part of package.

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couldn't agree more. i just think they're not for folks who buy them just for looks...
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Most bead lock wheels do not meet USDOT or NHTSA standards and are not approved for road and especially highway use. While they are not illegal in most states, should they be found to be the cause of an accident you could be held libel for injuries to the other party.
Take a closer look and see if others are not running faux bead locks. Some high end bead lock wheels look like the real thing.
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Your pattern is 5 on 5. I have a 17x8.5x 4 wheels {not beadlocks though}on my jeep and run 35x12.50 KM2's with no problem on hitting anything. Us local guys in SoCal buy Trail Readys from Jeeperformanceinc they are forum sponsors and have a thread in the vendor section. Talk to Stan. They are nice people.
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Most bead lock wheels do not meet USDOT or NHTSA standards and are not approved for road and especially highway use. While they are not illegal in most states, should they be found to be the cause of an accident you could be held libel for injuries to the other party.
Take a closer look and see if others are not running faux bead locks. Some high end bead lock wheels look like the real thing.

last i checked, trail ready, raceline, and spyderlocks are DOT compliant beadlocks... unless i misread on their websites.
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AEV beadlocks are DOT approved also and one of the lower priced. One thing you need to keep in mind is that a lot of tire stores won't mount tires on beadlock wheels due to the labor involved getting them torqued properly, which I found out when buying my tires. As stated before, if you are not going to air down to low pressure for rock crawling you don't need beadlock wheels unless you just have plenty money to burn.
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AEV beadlocks are DOT approved also and one of the lower priced. One thing you need to keep in mind is that a lot of tire stores won't mount tires on beadlock wheels due to the labor involved getting them torqued properly, which I found out when buying my tires. As stated before, if you are not going to air down to low pressure for rock crawling you don't need beadlock wheels unless you just have plenty money to burn.
very good point... thankfully there's a few shops here that will work on them. primarily my buddy up in land o lakes.
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I run Trail Ready Beadlocks. They do require some maintaince but nothing outrageous. I re-torque my rock rings once a month...98% of the bolts stay tight. I air down to 2-3psi regularly, and have guys that have passed us on the trail, regulary tell me, "dude, you have a flat!" lol. I use a CO2 set-up I made to air back up, works great! Couple things to keep in mind:
Make SURE you tighten the valve stem and use some removeable loctite!
Most shops won't balance them for you, I had a relationship with a shop that will take care of them for me, ie balance and rotate. Otherwise look at balance beads, benefit to them is they are constantly balancing the wheel/tire as the wheel turns.
I mounted the tires myself. YOu can get tire lube from NAPA allowing the tire to pop on. Make sure the bead goes on evenly, if in doubt take the rock ring off and reseat it.
Personally, I think the fake beadlocks scream poser! Either get them or don't but I wouldn't fake it...
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I run Trail Ready Beadlocks. They do require some maintaince but nothing outrageous. I re-torque my rock rings once a month...98% of the bolts stay tight. I air down to 2-3psi regularly, and have guys that have passed us on the trail, regulary tell me, "dude, you have a flat!" lol. I use a CO2 set-up I made to air back up, works great! Couple things to keep in mind: Make SURE you tighten the valve stem and use some removeable loctite! Most shops won't balance them for you, I had a relationship with a shop that will take care of them for me, ie balance and rotate. Otherwise look at balance beads, benefit to them is they are constantly balancing the wheel/tire as the wheel turns. I mounted the tires myself. YOu can get tire lube from NAPA allowing the tire to pop on. Make sure the bead goes on evenly, if in doubt take the rock ring off and reseat it. Personally, I think the fake beadlocks scream poser! Either get them or don't but I wouldn't fake it...
Wow Sinister6, 2-3 psi? I would think you'd lose a lot of clearance with anything less than 37" tires. What are u running for tires? Most I've seen anyone air down to was 8 psi.
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I'm running 35's. No issues with clearance at least nothing that proper tire placement won't take care of...
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I'm running 35's. No issues with clearance at least nothing that proper tire placement won't take care of...
That's awesome.
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Greetings all. I am about to purchase rims for my 2011 JK 2dr. I am however, stuck at what bolt pattern and back spacing i need to use. So far I'm at 17x8.5 with their Rock Ring. Do I go with the 5 on 5 bolt pattern? Do I use a 4.5" back space? This is confusing to me as this is all new.

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For your 11 jk, you want 17x8.5, 5 on 5, 4" backspace. Perfect fit.
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For your 11 jk, you want 17x8.5, 5 on 5, 4" backspace. Perfect fit.
4" or 3.5"? I need at least 3.75 to keep my tires off the control arms at left or right lock. BDS arms... hoping to swap them out soon....
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4" or 3.5"? I need at least 3.75 to keep my tires off the control arms at left or right lock. BDS arms... hoping to swap them out soon....
We use 4" on JKs, and 3.75 on Tj/LJs.
Being a custom made wheel, you can choose whatever bs you want.
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We use 4" on JKs, and 3.75 on Tj/LJs.
Being a custom made wheel, you can choose whatever bs you want.
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