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Old 04-25-2016, 12:51 PM
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Weld-On Beadlocks

I found very few threads on this forum regarding standard and/or weld-on beadlock wheels, so decided to create my own thread. I already have a very capable TJ, complete with front and rear selectable lockers, but am wanting to take my rig to the next level. Mine is not a daily driver and the majority of my wheeling is strictly rock-crawling. I've become increasingly frustrated with the rigidity of the sidewalls in my Cooper Discoverer STTs even at 6-8 psi, so beadlocks were the logical choice. I've been running the Cragar Soft 8 steel wheels; so rather than spend another $400/wheel on new wheels, I chose the weld-on beadlocks from Total Metal Innovations.

Below is my progress. Note that I have zero fabrication skills, so I sent out my wheels/inner rings for welding from a reputable local 4x4 shop here in Colorado, Brucker Brothers, Ltd. With the beadlock rings, hardware, welding expense, paint, and including the price of the wheels purchased 5 years ago, I estimate an investment of about $180/wheel.This is how the inner/outer rings come shipped:


A long weekend of priming, painting, and clear-coat:





I plan to start the mounting/balancing on Wednesday. Stay-tuned...

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Old 05-02-2016, 10:44 AM
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Holy hell! I totally understand all the bitching about mounting these bastards. Torquing down the 32 bolts takes quite a few passes so everything stays tight. I got one mostly done but haven't fully seated it yet. My goal is to have everything done and on the Jeep to check for leaks by the weekend.



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Finished up this weekend. Once the 32 bolts were snugged down, it took approximately 3-4 passes to fully torque all bolts to 20 ft/lbs. I then filled each with approximately 10 oz. of airsoft bbs for balancing, before seating the tire. I sprayed with a soap/water mixture to ensure no obvious leaks. I'll check back in a few days to ensure no air loss. I drove to the car wash and the ride was fairly smooth; didn't get much above 45. The real test will be driving to the trail and testing these babies out!


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Looking good. They are definitely more work than regular wheels though. I had two out of five want to leak a little, but was able to get them to stop after a couple tries. I love the confidence of bead locks when running 6-8 PSI out on the trails and the greatly improved traction over the 15 PSI I used to run.

Mine took a couple of trail rides aired down to soften up a little and ride better. At first, they felt out of round at certain speeds. They're definitely not perfect, but now they're OK up to 70 mph. I am replacing them with some Method Race alloy beadlocks in a couple weeks though. The steel beadlocks don't like the salt and chemicals they put on the roads here in the winter. I don't want to air them down, take out all the bolts, wire brush and sand them, repaint them, and remount them each Spring.
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^^ I appreciate your first-hand experience. I'll keep my thread updated in the event I have any air leaks. Which brand of weld-on rings did you go with?

I was already running 6-8 psi on my non-beadlock wheels with the stiffness of my Cooper's. Planning to run 3-4 now.
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The owner of HMF Fabrication made these custom rings for me and welded them onto some Pro Comp 97 series.




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