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Re: bead locks, questions
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<font color=green>Yeah, if you want beadlocks I can tell you which ones to look at and which ones to avoid. I've done A LOT of research on them since I will be running them on my truck. Good ones, starting with the good ones, good in my opinion being reliability and strength - Rockstomper, Trail Ready (Avalanche's are basically the same), MRT, Champion, Allied (and Allied relabled ones, like High Impact) are all ones that I would consider. I am going with Rockstompers for a variety of reasons that I'll share if you want. Bad ones - Stocktons are awful, never heard of anyone having good luck with them; Eatons I've heard good and bad, but they don't have many bolts so I'd be wary of them.
Screws in the trie are not a good idea for offroad, that is more of a drag racing thing, designed to keep the tire from slipping on the rim rather than keep it from popping a bead.
I agree with wrath about the fact that beadlocks aren't for everyone. I want them so I can run 4-5lbs of pressure at Pismo. Right now I run 9lbs and even that is iffy without locks.
Beadlocks are not a "install and forget" product. You MUST check the bolts on them very often, most manufacturers recommend at least once every couple hundred miles, if not even more often than that. They are a pain to mount and dismount, difficult to center on the rim, impossible to balance with normal methods, and in general a pain in the butt to deal with. But very worth it off road in my opinion.
If you just want the beadlock look you're much better off getting the fake ones. Lame in my opinion, but if you aren't going to make the most of the advantages that the locks give you, they just aren't worth the trouble.[img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]