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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2000, 02:11 AM
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I am having trouble keeping my beads on and am not going to put beadlocks on. But at www.performanceunlimited.com they have a interesting procedure of putting on both sides of the wheel 32 or 64 screws threw the wheel into the tire to secure it. I was wondering if anyone would take a look and tell me what you think. It can be found at the above site under the services & sales under rim screwing. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Snowman

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2000, 10:45 AM
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Hey Snowy,
This is an old trick borrowed from drag racing. If you get superior traction (from a 'slick) many times you will spin the tire on it's bead around the wheel. A cheap fix is to drill the perimeter of your rim & use sheetmetal screws thu it into the tire to hold it in place. I've done it & it works fine, but when I drove my car on the street, the screws would eventually wallow & try to tear the tire bead.
No imagine this scenario on an off-road vehicle where the wheels encounter a LOT more stress/flex than on the street. I believe the screws might help hold the bead on, but at the cost of eventually ruining the tire.
I would recommend using a narrow steel rim (if you aren't already) and I've heard that the bead can be glued to the rim w/ contact adhesive to help more if everything is very clean. Personally, I've run 32x11.50.15 TSL/SX's on 8" steel wheels with approx. 5 psi & haven't lost a bead. If you have soft, pliable tires, they will unseat easier, too-- the Super Swampers are pretty stiff.
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Sounds like your wheel are way too wide. Might want to consider thinner wheels as the 'correct' fix.

I have seem the tires screwed to the wheel before. It looked weird and maybe not the best thing to do. I certainly wouldn't do it in aluminum wheels as you'd be asking for them to fracture and break.


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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2000, 12:54 PM
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You might want to make sure that you have the right width of tire for your rim or vise versa.

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The tires I have are 31x15.50 Goodyear Terra tires mounted on 15x12" wheels I had a set of 10's for them but they popped of even easier. At Rocky-road outfitters they sell the same exact tires but different tread and they recamend
15x14 but 15x12's will work. I am only going to be using these for about two weeks out of the year.

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I was thinking about doing the same thing, I used to drag race, and could run my slicks with tubes, on a 3200# car , and aluminum rims with no problem. I used to run them on my street car as well. I just have never seen it done on a 4x. I can't really afford bead locks. Does anybody know of any other bead locks besides Champion (any cheaper)?

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