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xjjake99 09-28-2009 04:29 PM

Why are beadlocks illegal in some states?
I am from NJ, and learned that beadlocks for your tires are illegal in NJ. i was wondering if anybody knew why they are illegal for street driving.

jkh 09-28-2009 04:33 PM

Because NJ is...well, NJ :D

Sorry I am no help whatsoever.

xjjake99 09-28-2009 04:37 PM

haha i agree, we are way to liberal

FanAholic 09-28-2009 04:39 PM

I think some of it has to do with most companies that make beadlocks dont want to pay all the money to have them DOT approved. Not that they are unsafe, I think its just some lawyer bull****. Not sure though could be another reason.

xjjake99 09-28-2009 04:49 PM

i asked my unlce who was chief of police, and he was like "i dont know" he barely new what they were.

Luke94XJ 09-28-2009 04:55 PM

just do it anyway

Kettles 09-28-2009 05:00 PM

Maybe because the wheel is then "not safe" because it is 2 pieces? So it could come apart? Probably most beadlock wheels are not DOT approved anyway, which would make them illegal to begin with. I have heard of "StreetLock" wheels or something like that, they are probably legal, given the name.

gerlacher88 09-28-2009 05:01 PM


Originally Posted by Luke94XJ (Post 8009591)
just do it anyway

x2 lots of stuff is illegal in PA too and i still have it on my jeep. Not that beadlocks are to my knowledge. just gotta know the inspection guy and cross your fingers some local cop isnt a duesh about it. most statey's n city cops have bigger problems

Element96x 09-28-2009 05:02 PM

Apparently I was told because if you run over a spike strip or your tires get shot out the tire wont fall off the rim,. thats what my neighbor cop said

xjjake99 09-28-2009 05:03 PM

idk i will probably end up putting them on anyway

LandRover 09-28-2009 05:09 PM


Originally Posted by FanAholic (Post 8009489)
I think some of it has to do with most companies that make beadlocks dont want to pay all the money to have them DOT approved.

I think this is close to accurate. It's not that "beadlocks are illegal" it's just that a lot of them aren't DOT approved. Anything not DOT approved= bad.

Your average ticket-writing officer isn't going to be able to spot the difference, but if he goes looking for DOT approval you may run into issues.

D2b4ker1 09-28-2009 05:55 PM

The reason I believe centers around what kettles said that they can come apart or that they would lose bolts at highway speeds. I think most companys have remedied this problem and you can get some DOT approved beadlocks.

idaxj97 09-28-2009 07:20 PM

ok so if you are unshure about them and dont want to worrie about the police why dont you look into staun internal beadlocks the only way someone would be able to that you have them is if they look for 2 valve steams. just my thoughts.

Chris_XJ 09-28-2009 08:04 PM



2005X 09-28-2009 08:23 PM

all about the DOT approval. with that said the average cop wont know, hell the other day i saw my buddy with his wheels and asked if they were beadlocks and he said no they were simulated. i couldnt even tell the difference by looking at them and i own a set of beadlocks

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