O I see what you did there lol... i tried the bbs didnt really work. How picky are the rims about be torqued down together (like making sure you tighten down the rim evenly when you put it together) Im pretty sure i did it right but iv never done it b4 so who knows.
Im thinking about just taking it somewhere and letting them do it bc i dont really have any of my tools down here. Im not feeling working all day on the tires again.
they are very sensitive about this
if you don't have a 1/2" drive impact gun, get one!
it will quickly become your best friend dealing with these beasts!
harbor freight has an electric thats usually on sale for $40 and it kicks ass for these wheels
Also gonna need a good 1/2" drive, 3/4" deepwell impact socket - impact sockets are black, not chrome.
tighten them in a double criss cross pattern - if you number them 1 thru 8 around the ring then tighten 1-5-7-3-6-2-8-4 - repeat
do it several times, each time snugging them down further until they're tight/the 2 halves of the rim are touching all the way around
with an impact, it takes all of about 5 minutes to assemble a wheel.
good luck finding a tire shop that knows what a bead lock is, let alone is willing to work on one!
with an impact and some practice it gets to be no big deal to break it down and work on it anymore - I can break one down and rebuild it in about 20 minutes now.
I hear ya about spending the day wrestling with these -I probably rebuilt mine a dozen times each trying to figure things out!
You can run them to a certain psi without the inserts, but you can lose a bead very easily, just by turning while at lower psi's.
wow I wouldnt even TRY running without an insert of some sort, theres no bead lip in the wheels without one!
I'd say the 2 problems going on in this thread - or at least 2 big factors are Mike not using the insert and lol not tightening the wheel evenly & tight enough.
I'm using 3000 .12 gram BBs per, so 1700 .25 gram should be enough overall weight.
AND CHECK YOUR WHEELS FOR TRUENESS!
I had one from TWF that had a major wobble in it, Andy took care of it and had to make me a new rear half, but until I found it I had a hell of a time trying to get these things riding decent - it was like driving a paint shaker.
Also if you have a stubborn wheel that doesnt want to balance, pop it apart and rotate everything - back half 90 or 180 degrees different on the tire and front half 90 or 180 off from the back.
If you get the heavy sides on the wheel halves and the tire all aligned, no way you'll balance it out.
I can't begin to say how good Andy (dookey) has been to work with on my wheels - I've had some issues with them but he's been right there along the way to make it right.
I still have hop in my spare- I need to put it on and spin it to see if its the tire or wheel so I can get it back to TWF, but getting that 150lb combo up on my fastback carrier is a BITCH!
Probably do it tonight tho when cjb321 is here and we can throw his winch cable over one of the rafters in the shop to lift it on and off.
like I said, it's been a mega bitch of a time getting to where I am now, but the BBs and finding 4 true wheels fixed everything and now I'm finally happy with the ride.
I run 90+ MPH occasionally responding to snake calls for the sheriff's office and these are good and smooth on the highway at speed now.