A few peaple asked me how I did my Weld on bead locks. Its fairly straight forward, I of course added a few twist.
I run a 39" on a 16" rim. Someday I will have a 17" with red lables again but for now 16" Iroks.
I didn't re-use the same rims I had for years on the Jeep, why well they where a 8" wide rim, but when you add a weld on bead lock kit it adds about a 1 1/4" to the over all width.
So now that would of made the rim around 9"+, to wide for my taste. I like to keep the tire sidewall skinney so when I air down ( 1-2 puonds ) it widens the tire out.
So I dug around my pile of parts and found some 7" wide rims witch when done with the weld on kit would put me back at 8 1/4" witch is where I was before I strated, well a 1/4" over, big deal.
I didn't like how the factory fill valve stems where placed on the rim's. I relocated my stems on my old rims but with the ring welded on it would have made putting it back in that spot on the new rims very hard to fill.
So I cut a 2" hole on a non-welded section of the rim, I used my oversized Mag drill. ( Oh if you every have a chance to pick one of these up cheap do it, I find more use's for them other than drilling beams and buckets, I use it just as much inside the shop )
Hers the finished hole and slug drop,
Then I set the rim on a steel bucket with me sitting on another plastic bucket. This was a perfect hieght for welding. I set the machine at 20 volts and 215 IPM's.
The weld on bead locks are a tad under size so it forms a nice little 1/16" bevel. I back stepped all the welds, this way I was burnig into my cold starts.
And a finshed rims,
What I didn't show was the BobCat skid steer steel/brass valve stem I got for them. This way there very rigid and being inside the 2" hole I cut they should never get hit or ripped off buy a rock.
Ive been very pleased with them, just wish they where red lable's, oh well.
Oh and sorry for the fuzzy Pics, this was done over two years ago before I had a decent phone.