Put together some DIY beadlocks for the YJ. Like how they turned out. - JeepForum.com
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post #1 of 18 Old 02-21-2020, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Put together some DIY beadlocks for the YJ. Like how they turned out.

Built a machine to weld and mill DIY steel beadlocks and the latest set turned out pretty nice. Pics posted out of order but it will work. Lol

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post #2 of 18 Old 02-21-2020, 11:06 AM
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Iíve been thinking about doing there. I want bead locks so bad. Just canít spend that money. Iíve been eyeing up these https://www.totalmetalinnovations.com
But many people have said diyís leak. Donít go well on the road.

You made yours from scratch? How they handling?


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Iíve been thinking about doing there. I want bead locks so bad. Just canít spend that money. Iíve been eyeing up these https://www.totalmetalinnovations.com
But many people have said diyís leak. Donít go well on the road.

You made yours from scratch? How they handling?


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I used a TMI kit. Ive built two other sets for buddys and they don't leak. I did build a machine that makes one continuous weld around the lip to avoid leaks. I also machine the weld flat to avoid leaks.
I now have 3 sets of beadlocks on different rigs and they all have balanced out well along with the sets I built for my buddys..

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post #4 of 18 Old 02-21-2020, 12:18 PM
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That's a pretty sweet setup you got there.

Heres my DIY recentered H1 double beadlocks with flat centers and PVC inserts. Haven't lost any air yet but I also haven't driven out of my driveway with them either so we'll see.
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I used a TMI set and had leaks in 2 of the 5 rims.... Even had a welding shop do the initial welding... chased leaks forever... granted it took a week to leak down, but what a PIA.

They balanced OK. Heavy though....

I finally went with the Hutchinsons. Love em... Easy assembly and breakdown... And light. Do yourself a favor and buy them... No regrets

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Yeah I felt like I wouldn't be able to weld perfectly enough to keep the DIY wheels from leaking but I do love the look and the price of those DIY beadlock kits. Maybe one day.


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I love your homemade orbital welder.
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post #8 of 18 Old 02-21-2020, 08:11 PM
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I used a TMI set and had leaks in 2 of the 5 rims.... Even had a welding shop do the initial welding... chased leaks forever... granted it took a week to leak down, but what a PIA.

They balanced OK. Heavy though....

I finally went with the Hutchinsons. Love em... Easy assembly and breakdown... And light. Do yourself a favor and buy them... No regrets


$400 each?!?!


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Yup....

but lightweight, and they'll outlast your tires for years..

Also so easy to breakdown and reassmble... I did 3 tires / rims in the time it took to mount just one of the DIY lock set ups... They are 2 piece rims.

Sometimes you just need to vomit the cash... and don't look back...

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Have made 2 sets.
One had a small leak but found and fixed it.
Downside is they are HEAVY. That added mass can play hell with axle shafts. Balanced out fine though.


Went to Racelines and they don't leak, lighter but if you want them to stay nice looking you have to keep them polished. Every couple years I replace the outer rings for a few bucks.
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I went with TMI too. Yes they are heavy!
No leaks but went heavy on the RTV.
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I used a TMI set and had leaks in 2 of the 5 rims.... Even had a welding shop do the initial welding... chased leaks forever... granted it took a week to leak down, but what a PIA.

They balanced OK. Heavy though....

I finally went with the Hutchinsons. Love em... Easy assembly and breakdown... And light. Do yourself a favor and buy them... No regrets
I'm running Spyderlocks on my TJ and Allied Rockathons on my XJ. I have never had leaks on beadlocks bought or built. I have two more sets to build so knock on wood on that whole non leaking trend. Lol. When I was looking at beadlocks for the TJ, I looked at Hutchinsons but they didn't offer enough offset/backspacing to fit my 38x15.5 tires.
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I see raceline has steel beadlocks $266 each. And the same size I have now so no need for new tires. Their weight is 34 lbs. seems my cragars are around 25 lbs each. If you add the DIY beadlocks not sure which would be heavier. I cant seem to find the weight listed of other beadlocks. I think Iíll call TMI and ask the weight of their kits


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https://www.jegs.com/i/Cragar/260/3978812/10002/-1


37 lbs.
Not sure what size wheel your using but this came in for a 17" x 8"


Searched around but could not find a BL kit weight.
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15x8. Is what I have now. I would either need DOT legal or a separate set. I donít need DOT for legalities. But I heard the ride is better. DOT seems to be at least $400. Not sure this will be feasible in the near future. So many more important projects. Tummy tuck, roll cage, snorkel.


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