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I am contemplating getting beadlockers but a buddy told me that they tear apart the bead at higher speeds. Is this true? It would be nice to not have to worry about unseating the bead when im aired down.
 

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They're normally not DOT approved, and not road-legal...

They're insane to balance, is the normal excuse I hear.
 

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A friend of mine has a set of beadlocks that he uses with a set of 38" swampers. The manufacturer said the tire should not reach speeds excess of 40 m.p.h. He only uses them when going 4 wheelin.
 

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I just read a letter from the president of Champion wheels. said that their wheels have no problems running over 100 mph, but they limit the weight handling of each wheel to 1500 lbs. The total doesnt even add up to the weight of my truck alone, let alone any additional trailer or gear. That Sucks <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_frown.gif">
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Unless you plan on using the wheels strictly for 4wheeling...it's okay! If you really need them, but also use your truck for highway use, your best bet would be to buy two sets of wheels & tires, one for the road (without bead-locks) and one for off road (with bead-locks) but that would mean that when you go wheelin, you either bring both sets, or trailer your rig??? What a headache! I run 35/12.50/15 GoodYear MT/R's on 15 X 8 Welds and I run the dunes at pismo alot and air down anywhere from 15-8psi and had no problems...
 

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Instead of beadlocks, if your having a problem keeping a bead when aired down, try different tires, some that have only a 2ply sidewall, they will squish more without having to air down to like 4psi! Then, you can air back up when driving home! Beadlocks are designed for offroad use only. Most states (whether the beadlocks are DOT approved or not) do not allow beadlocks. Look into your local DMV first. If you just want the beadlock look, there are plenty of fake beadlock wheels out there that look great. Beadlocks weight more, are not as safe, and are very expensive. They are recommended usually for vehicles pushing 500+ horsepower, or for hardcore offroad ONLY rockcrawlers or trophy trucks. Chances are, if you need beadlocks, your truck should be trailered to and from wherever you go wheeling.
 

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He means these posts are like 3 years old and your dragging em back up....this is like the 3rd or 4th one you've dragged up from 2001.
 

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Dude! Are you serious!

The last reply to that post was in 2001. You then bring it back from the dead, here in 2004. You don't see a problem with that? The topic is dead man, nobody cares. I thought you were just doing this to bring up your post count like more whores, but now I feel bad because I think you really don't know what you are doing.

This post isn't too bad, but the one about race cars and all... give me a break.
 

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another 5 minutes of my life wasted reading old posts. :fu:
 

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geez guys, notice that this was like 20 days after i joined. now i own you all. :naughty:
 

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On 2004-04-04 20:11, DesertRam wrote:
Instead of beadlocks, if your having a problem keeping a bead when aired down, try different tires, some that have only a 2ply sidewall, they will squish more without having to air down to like 4psi! Then, you can air back up when driving home! Beadlocks are designed for offroad use only. Most states (whether the beadlocks are DOT approved or not) do not allow beadlocks. Look into your local DMV first. If you just want the beadlock look, there are plenty of fake beadlock wheels out there that look great. Beadlocks weight more, are not as safe, and are very expensive. They are recommended usually for vehicles pushing 500+ horsepower, or for hardcore offroad ONLY rockcrawlers or trophy trucks. Chances are, if you need beadlocks, your truck should be trailered to and from wherever you go wheeling.

I know this is an old post.....but this information is not what I've experienced and I ran beadlocks on the street for about 2.5 years with no problems whatsoever.

As has been discussed countless times, what is DOT approved and what is street legal is a very gray area of the law. Most police officers have no idea what a beadlock is, what it does or why anyone would have them. You are extremely unlikley to be cited for non-DOT approved beadlocks.

That said, I agree that most folks don't need a beadlock and it really should be reserved for trailer queens unless you get the newer DOT approved designed wheels (which aren't much more expensive than the old style, non approved locks).

Just an opinion from someone who's run them on the street.

Sean
 
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