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Old 04-07-2006, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Regualr Wheels or Bead locks

I know money weren;t the issue just go staright to bead locks, but on a very tight budget if i could skip the bead locks and just use regualar rock crawlers that woudl be awsome.

the problem is here. i have heard the 16.5 rims lip is small so on regualr rims when you air down you a re very likely to slip the bead, does this rule run the same for 16 inch wheels ? ? ? ?

i'm doing a diff swa on my yj to 3/4 tons axles 8 lug and need to buy the wheels, what do you see or recomend here ? ? ? ?

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Old 04-07-2006, 04:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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16.5" wheels have no safety bead... it's not that the lip is small, it's that there is no lip there at all. Therefore, even with an outer beadlock, a 16.5" rim is worthless because you'll lose the inner bead when you air down. The only solution is inner & outer beadlocks or one of those sandwich style gizmos that you insert in the tire.

15",16", & 17" rims all have safety beads, it's only the 16.5" that dosen't. As for if you need beadlocks, I'd say only if you plan on really airing down the tires below 12-15 psi (provided the rims you use have a safety bead on them). A regular safety-bead rim should hold 90% of the time with 12+ psi of air in it. Aside from the obvious advantage of retaining the bead, the beadlocks are nice because they keep stuff from getting jammed in between the rim & the tire, and they keep the edge of the rim from getting dinged on rocks. But they certainly aren't tops on my list of needed mods.

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Old 04-07-2006, 05:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can also go cheap and do the tek screw method. it even works with 16.5 rims. and with a YJ, i doubt you could blow a bead above 5psi.
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