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Old 12-27-2011, 03:27 PM
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Beadlocks

I keep reading all over that beadlocks are illegal on road in most states. How come they are illegal is what I am wondering. Thanks for any answers

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Quick summary as the real terms are very long.....

Beadlocks are generally made for offroad use. Many of the manufactures don't take the time/money to get them inspected and passed as a DOT approved wheel. $$$$$ is the factor there for them.

Since they are not a DOT approved wheel it makes them illegal to use in most states or on public roads.

(safty and insurance reasons) They are not liable for any "accidents" that may for some reason happen from them coming apart going down the road.

THERE ARE HOWEVER a few companies that DO make DOT approved beadlock wheels. AEV is one.



And then there is "simulated" beadlocks which are completely legal and not really a beadlock at all.

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Old 12-27-2011, 04:35 PM
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Thank you! That helps alot and makes much more sense. Definitely if I ever save up money I will shop for the right ones
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Just to clarify something ... NO beadlock wheel is DOT "approved". There are some that are DOT "compliant" meaning they meet DOT's wheel construction standards. Problem is, there are no specific DOT regs/specs regarding beadlock wheels. Also, the NHTSA, last time I looked, has no regs on the books specific to beadlocks - but, they could regulate them if someone there decided they were a safety risk.

Here's where the grey area comes in ... just because a wheel is DOT compliant doesn't mean it's legal for use on the road (doesn't necessarily mean it's illegal, either). The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) created standards for aftermarket wheels (SAE J2530) that the industry adheres to for wheels intended to be used on public roads. The problem with typical beadlocks is that using rings to clamp the bead of a tire to a rim doesn't meet SAE J2530 ... so they are not SAE compliant.

AEV does say that their wheels have passed SAE's tests for "Radial Fatigue, Impact, and Cornering Fatigue". But, as I understand it, their beadlock wheels are still not SAE-compliant by virtue of using a bolt-on ring to clamp the tire bead to the rim.

The only beadlock rims that I know of that are DOT and SAE compliant are the Hutchisons. As it turns out, they are also the most expensive at $400 per wheel. I've been eyeing a set for a while ... but, damn, that's expensive. Despite 'compliance', they are arguably better than a traditional beadlock because they clamp both beads of the tire.

Also, you may want to look at Staun internal beadlocks. They use an internal bladder to turn any wheel into a beadlock. They also 'lock' both beads.

Finally, you didn't mention if you had ever had beadlocks before. But, if you haven't run them, be prepared for lots of maintenance. I've had several - great off road, but they can be a pain.



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^^^ Yep.

The only thing you really need to look into is your state regs. Some do not permit "multi" peice wheels. Which will make any beadlock illegal.

Second...They are a lot of work to maintain as stated. You can't just bolt them together, slap them on and be done with them. You HAVE to up keep beadlocks.

I've had two friends get tickets for running beadlocks in Missouri. (champion beadlock wheels) and both were thrown out because the court didn't find anything specifically stating they were or were not legal.


PS...COMAC90....the hutch rockmonsters are a great wheel from experiance. Price stinks but still nice to have.
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Thank you guys. I'm a freshman in college right now and I've never run them before but I would like to someday. Right now I've just been curious about whether or not they were legal(don't wanna spend $400 per rim to not be able to use them on my DD) but I wanna do as much research as I can right now so when I save up money I buy right the first time. So how much maintenance are beadlocks and how come?
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PS...COMAC90....the hutch rockmonsters are a great wheel from experiance. Price stinks but still nice to have.
You sound like a good friend of mine that always seems to push me off the edge on stuff. He's favorite line is "It's only money."

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Thank you guys. I'm a freshman in college right now and I've never run them before but I would like to someday. Right now I've just been curious about whether or not they were legal(don't wanna spend $400 per rim to not be able to use them on my DD) but I wanna do as much research as I can right now so when I save up money I buy right the first time. So how much maintenance are beadlocks and how come?
All the bolts on the clamping ring need to be kept torqued to the correct spec. Take something like the AEV wheel - it has 24 bolts on the ring x 4 wheels. That's 96 bolts you need to ensure are torqued correctly on a regular basis. That adds up to a lot of checking.

In reality, once you've run them and re-torqued a couple of times, it's probably okay to go longer between checks, but I checked mine every 1-2 weeks if I was DDing it. On my rock crawler, I checked them maybe 3 times a year and before any big trip.

That's why the Staun bladders are so nice. Fill it up with air and you're done.

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You sound like a good friend of mine that always seems to push me off the edge on stuff. He's favorite line is "It's only money."
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