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Idaho-Jeep 08-12-2008 01:59 PM

Rock Monster Beadlock - good choice?
 
I am getting close to pulling the trigger on a set of 5 Rock Monster Beadlocks.

This price seems pretty good for an aluminum hutchinson beadlock.

http://www.4x4groupbuy.com/store/roc...rd-p-2611.html

I will be running 35x12.50 tires and have not decided which tire to go with yet.

I am wondering if anyone has personal experience with these wheels and what tires they have. I have never owned beadlocks before and want a wheel that will function well on the road and not require much maintenance. Since this one is DOT approved I assume I would have no problem running them at high speed on the highway?

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Idaho-Jeep 08-16-2008 02:43 PM

No one has had Rock Monsters here?

klimb2xs 08-20-2008 08:53 AM

I have been tossing around the idea of getting the Rock Monsters for a 2nd set of tires. I have a set of BFG ATs that I am using for daily driver duty and would like a 2nd set for playing in the rocks and mud.

Narwhal 08-20-2008 11:00 AM

Those are pretty awesome. If I had the money or the need I would be all over those.

Idaho-Jeep 08-20-2008 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Rubi-Rubi (Post 5596646)
Those are pretty awesome. If I had the money or the need I would be all over those.

Ordered 5 of them yesterday - not cheap! Hope they are as advertised!

Narwhal 08-20-2008 12:50 PM

Make sure you post up after you get em mounted.

Idaho-Jeep 10-22-2008 11:26 PM

http://www.rockmonsterwheels.com

They are pretty impressive wheels, DOT approved and can be ran at low low pressures without worry of losing a bead. I considered the Walker Evans but really like the look of the Rock Monsters and the fact that they were a DOT approved double bead lock. I was told that they are available in 3 finishes - I considered going with black but in the end decided to go with the silver. I liked the fact I could mount the tires myself, I also decided to try out dyna beads to avoid the stuck on weights. Assuming they work, it will end up costing less than to have them balanced in a tire shop.
http://www.innovativebalancing.com/

I went with the Mickey Thompson MTZ tires - they have been rated well as a general purpose tire. The cost was similar to the Good Year MTR and BFG KM2 which were the other two I was looking at. In the end, these were not on back order like the MTR and I liked the looks better than the KM2.

I took several photos during the process which should demonstrate how they go together and work to anyone that does not understand double beadlocks.

Each wheel comes well packed in a padded box. Here it is as it looks put together - each tire bead is pinched between the rubber bead lock and the wheel lip.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7980.jpg

Here are all the parts:
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7957.jpg
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7962.jpg

The first step is to insert the bead lock - very easy if done the right way which is to squeeze the beadlock, insert into the tire and then turn sideways. After the bead lock was in the tire I pushed it aside and poured in the dyna beads.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7967.jpg

Next the beadlock is centered into the tire.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7963.jpg

I decided to go with black letters out. Here the back portion of the wheel is inserted into the tire. This was one of the toughest parts. It is a VERY tight fit and would take about 30 minutes or so each to get this to go down into the tire. I would stand on the wheel and use a rubber mallet to slowly work it into the tire.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7968.jpg

Once all the way in, I would turn over the tire being careful not to spill any of the dyna beads out.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7970.jpg

After that, a rubber o ring is inserted into a track on the back wheel portion where the two halves meet. As suggested, I used a dab of vaseline in three spots to keep the o ring in place. When working the front of the wheel into place, this o ring would probably come out if not for the vaseline.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7972.jpg

Like the back side, the front was also difficult because of the tight fit. One tire was more difficult than the others for some reason. Also like the back, I would stand on the wheel half and work it into place. There are threaded studs mounted to the back side with three longer ones. The longer ones are needed so nuts can be put on and allow the two halves to be brought closer together.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7973.jpg

The nuts are very interesting. They seem to be teflon coated and are some sort of locking nut. they are a two piece nut and have small notches that fit together.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7958.jpg

Idaho-Jeep 10-22-2008 11:27 PM

Once the three nuts are on the long studs, things get really easy. The remaining nuts are threaded on and all are then torqued to 60 lbs. and then again to 85 lbs.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7976.jpg

Each tire is aired up to 25 lbs and monitored for 48 hours.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a75...n/IMG_7978.jpg

GoTimeGear 12-23-2008 10:21 PM

I LOVE 'EM!!!!!:thumbsup:

I'm sold on a set when I do my lift.

Thanks for the install pics.

Any feedback after they got on your Jeep?

Idaho-Jeep 12-23-2008 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoTimeGear (Post 6229419)
I LOVE 'EM!!!!!:thumbsup:

I'm sold on a set when I do my lift.

Thanks for the install pics.

Any feedback after they got on your Jeep?

So far so good - all though they have mainly just sat in the garage so far.:laugh:

Now I have my shocks (came today) so I can get her out on the highway and do some trails. Because I was able to mount and balance (with the beads) myself I was able to save $70+. I will update thread once I am able to air down and put them to the test.

661 06-05-2009 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Idaho-Jeep (Post 6229789)
So far so good - all though they have mainly just sat in the garage so far.:laugh:

Thoughts after running these for a while? I'm interested in these beadlocks but there's precious little review info on the net. thx

Idaho-Jeep 06-05-2009 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 661 (Post 7356377)
Thoughts after running these for a while? I'm interested in these beadlocks but there's precious little review info on the net. thx

Couldn't be happier! I love the wheels - The finish is strong and holding up great. I ran my tires at 8psi In Moab without any problems. They are not cheap but for a double beak lock I really like them.

nsjeep 03-04-2010 10:50 PM

how are the wheels performing and the dyna beads?

Idaho-Jeep 03-05-2010 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by nsjeep (Post 9022311)
how are the wheels performing and the dyna beads?

Couldn't be happier - I wouldn't change anything. You thinking about trying out the beads or these wheels?

nsjeep 03-07-2010 03:30 PM

Beads first and sometime later wheels


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