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post #1 of 53 Old 12-28-2009, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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looking at Beadlocks... why not good for street?

i dont use my jeep as my daily driver, but i do like to drive it to work every once and a while.

why do peoke say beadlocks are not streetable?

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Who says they are not streetable? Properly maintained, they are streetable. There is no law against their use either, not state nor federal.

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Check beadlock and wheel torque settings regularly and maintain proper tire "street" air pressure.

I have beadlocks and while my Jeep is not a DD, it's clearly "streetable".

Can't comment on legality (these days any opportunity for civil damages, warranted or not, is viewed as a lottery win).
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...why do peoke say beadlocks are not streetable?
I've never met a peoke that I felt was trustworthy. They all lie at every opportunity.

The people that say you canít run bead locks on the road are saying this because they are willing victims of internet rumors and they are unwilling to see and believe the truth even when exposed to it by reliable, knowledgeable sources.

Keep in mind that free advice can frequently be worth less than you pay for it.
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Here's the best read I've found yet on the pro's/con's of bead locks on the street. The decision is personal once armed with all the knowledge.

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Here's the best read I've found yet on the pro's/con's of bead locks on the street. The decision is personal once armed with all the knowledge.

American Expedition Vehicles
AEV is throwing out a lot of smoke there in a self-serving carefully worded effort to scare people into choosing AEV wheels. They're trying to scare the less astute into being too scared to run non-AEV beadlocks by making them think other beadlock wheels aren't legal for street use which couldn't be further from the truth.

The DOT has ZERO laws against running bead lock wheels, the DOT doesn't certify ANY wheel whether it is beadlocked or not, and so far no state has said beadlock wheels are illegal to run on the street.

I cannot BELIEVE how many half-truths and downright misinformation is out on the internet regarding beadlock wheels.

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As I understand it, the socalled danger issue w/ beadlocks is the bolts holding the ring in place might become loose creating, at least potentially, a bead that could break loose while at highway speeds, braking hard, around a curve, and so forth causing an accident.

While it's true no law, at least that I'm aware, restricts beadlocks from the street, civil liability especially if you fail to properly maintain your beadlocks could be a risk, but probably no more a risk than having a bead break from improper tire pressure (emphasis on probably). We don't need to remind ourselves that for some civil damages opportunities is like winning the lottery.

FWIW, I agree with Mr. Bransford, the AEV language is written from a marketing point of view, smartly worded to be sure, but marketing driven nonetheless.

If you need/want beadlocks buy the best you can afford and maintain them properly especially correct tire pressure and torque requirements for the beadlock bolts and the wheel.

This is interesting too...especially the write up about beadlocks legality: http://www.staunproducts.com/beadlock.php


I run Walker Evans Beadlocks and like them. Run them on the street too. I would have gone with Hutchinson's but I couldn't get the back spacing i needed.

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I run 17" Allied steel beadlocks on the street no problem.

Just make sure to torque the bolts to spec every week or two. More often the better.

Legalities aside, there are no problems as long as you are willing to torque them religiously whether it is 120 degrees outside or 10 degrees outside.

Will you really maintain them as often as you should? If not then look for either the Staun internal beadlocks or stick with regular wheels.

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Will you really maintain them as often as you should? If not then look for either the Staun internal beadlocks or stick with regular wheels.
thanks man, that make sense.
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You'll have to come up with some kind of solution to balance them.

Dynabeads, those balancing rings that go between the hub and wheel (whatever they're called), or BB/air soft beads inside the tire. I'm sure there are more options out there.

You just can't put traditional stick-on or clamp on balancing weights.

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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You just can't put traditional stick-on or clamp on balancing weights.
Having investigated running bead locks on my TJ, I see no reason they can't run stick-on weights. I've been running stick-ons on my wheels since nearly day one and if I get them converted to bead locks as I plan to, the same surface my stick-on weights are on will still be there.

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Having investigated running bead locks on my TJ, I see no reason they can't run stick-on weights. I've been running stick-ons on my wheels since nearly day one and if I get them converted to bead locks as I plan to, the same surface my stick-on weights are on will still be there.
I guess it depends on the style? Seems like there's not enough room on a lot of them to put any weights on?




I suppose if you got a wider outer you could probably put some on there, or got the kind with the recessed bolts.

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Stick-on weights don't go on the outside like clip-on weights do. Stick-ons go on the inside surface where there is adequate clearance away from the brakes. Look through the holes on the right-hand side of the black wheels in your first picture and that black surface you can see inside is where stick-on weights go.

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Maybe I'm crazy, but cant you install the stick ons from the back side of the wheel?

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Maybe I'm crazy, but cant you install the stick ons from the back side of the wheel?
That is exactly how they are installed while the wheel is still on the spin-balancing machine.

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