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Unread 03-22-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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To beadlock or not to beadlock...that is the question

I know this would be more appropriate in the wheel and tire section, but people rarely visit that section and I'm looking to buy very soon. I did search too but couldn't really find what I was looking for.

As you can see my work of art (or should I say work of shart) is sitting on stands waiting for some new love. (Ignore anything you might see suspension wise).



Since I am giving my Jeep good love (at least my interpretation), I'd like to try and stick to the buy once sting once theory. I have two wheels that I like (both made in the USA) but am a bit torn for functionality. I'd like to get a set of Allied Beadlock Black Rock 8's as can be seen here(true beadlock):



I am also looking at the less functional, yet still pleasing to the eye Black Rock 905's as seen here (simulated beadlock):



The price difference between the two doesn't matter. I am curious if it would be smart to run a true beadlock vs. a simulated beadlock with the trail time it will see. I am wrapping them with 33x12.50R15 Goodyear MT/R with Kevlar. Trail time will not be hardcore or as often as I'd like. I will use this as a daily spring to fall driver, although not required...but hey, let's face it, I will.

Do the TRUE beadlocks require to much maintenance for what I would call a DD? I will probably make a lot of trips to the trails (rocks) but as much as I hate to say it, the majority of the time will be on asphalt.

I am open to your thoughts.

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Unread 03-23-2013, 04:26 AM   #2
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you probabaly don't need true beadlocks unless you wheel with Big tires and very low pressures. I'd imagine its over kill unless you have onboard air etc, because you probabaly wont be airing down that low. Tho Overkill is the way of the jeep and beadlocks are nice on rocks, so I'm not much help here.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 05:22 AM   #3
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Some advice that was given to me...
If you have to ask if you need something or not, you don't need it.
You will KNOW when you need it
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Unread 03-23-2013, 06:46 AM   #4
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True beadlock wheels are not DOT approved around.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 07:05 AM   #5
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True beadlock wheels are not DOT approved around.
No rim is dot approved . Rims don't need to be dot compliant to be road legal.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 07:39 AM   #6
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Beadlocks are not legal for the road in some places like where I come from. Canada
It might be the same for certain places in the states.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 07:46 AM   #7
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They're not legal on the street in Va.Check your state laws before you spend the money.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 07:55 AM   #8
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beadlocks are nice, but not necessary. i personally would only buy double bead locks, you can still burp air form the back side bead.
on my buggy i have 42" iroks on 8" wide steel wheels. i used roof flashing tar on the beads. i run 4psi in them they never burp.
run a skinny wheel(7 "or 8"), and seal the beads with some type of adhesive. you will be fine.

i have run 7psi, on stock gamblers, with no adhesive, with 33" tsl's, on my first jeep without issue.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #9
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What police officer would pull you over and ticket you for having bead lock rims??? It would be the last thing on my mind even if it was technically illegal.

I have heard beadlocks make a world of difference offroad, about the same as throwing some lockers in your axles and I have heard this from some very experienced and knowledgeable wheelers. However I have never run them.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:04 AM   #10
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True beadlock wheels are not DOT approved around.
No wheel used on any vehicle on any highway or street in the US is DOT approved.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:09 AM   #11
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I have the same wheels and run 37 iroks and they took a ton of weights and still shake. If you want bead locks be prepared to NEED a trailer
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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:14 AM   #12
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I have the same wheels and run 37 iroks and they took a ton of weights and still shake. If you want bead locks be prepared to NEED a trailer
We run all manner of beadlocks perfectly balanced and true on the street with no need for trailers whatsoever.

Lots of steel rims out there aren't round and no amount of balancing or weight will fix that.
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Unread 03-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #13
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I run an 8" rim with 33x12.5" Kevlar MTR's as well. I've aired down to 5psi many many times (snow wheeling) without knocking a bead off. My normal offroad pressure is ~10psi in all conditions (except on the tar) and have had no issue's except mud getting in the bead. I also don't have any sealer on the bead.
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with the extra stiffness of the Goodyear Wrangler MTR, I figure I might not a problem however, I was just trying to prepare for the future but my guess is by that time I will have decided to move up to 35s anyway. Thanks everyone for your help!
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with the extra stiffness of the Goodyear Wrangler MTR, I figure I might not a problem however, I was just trying to prepare for the future but my guess is by that time I will have decided to move up to 35s anyway. Thanks everyone for your help!
It will be a problem running anything below 10...ask me how I know
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