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Exclamation Beadlocks VS NON Beadlocks for daily driving......

Beadlocks VS NON Beadlocks for daily driving......
What are the cons of daily driving on beadlocks? Does anyone have experience daily driving on walker evans, raceline, hutchinson, or poison spyder? I love the look of all of these, but I do not want to sacrifice the daily drivability on my jeep, so for those of you that have done it, do you recommend it? All opinions and experiences are appreciated.
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I notice no difference compared to stock wheels. I've DDed my JK on 18" Spyderlocks and 35" mud grapplers, and my current 17x9.5" Racelines and 37" MTR Kevlars. I liked the Spyderlocks better and am thinking about switching to ATX Slabs, which are the same wheel as a spyderlock.


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Pro's: They look sexier than the Toyota on the other side of the gas pump.
Racelines are lighter than the Spyderlocks.

Cons: You need to check them often to make sure none of the bolts are backing out.

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I DD my racelines with 40's. No difference in the rims, but the tires bring the suck for DD'ing
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I DD my racelines with 40's. No difference in the rims, but the tires bring the suck for DD'ing
No difference from non beadlock? What sucks about your 40's? I was considering going 40's.
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Con over a period of time it can start tearing the bead since it's not able move,
Pro. Look awesome, and your ready for anything


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Cons: You need to check them often to make sure none of the bolts are backing out.
Does anyone have any feedback on trail ready's claim of "Torque once Set It and Forget It Rock Ring Installation"?

http://www.jeepswag.com/beadlock_wheels/index.htm

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You'll be hard pressed to find a specific law prohibiting beadlocks. You'll be fine DDing on beadlocks. Just be sure to torque check the beadlock ring bolts once per month. Mine never move, but I do it anyway.


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Aren't there some issues with the law and ones that are not DOT approved? Its for sure no issue here in TX.

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Does anyone have any feedback on trail ready's claim of "Torque once Set It and Forget It Rock Ring Installation"?

http://www.jeepswag.com/beadlock_wheels/index.htm
I've run one set of steel/welded Trailreadys and two different set of Trailready HD's. Daily driver. Haven't had any bolts come loose or break.

I've also run two sets of Spyderlocks. They bring the beef for sure. No loose bolts there either.

I've only run Trailready and Spyderlocks and can say that both of them are high quality wheels. Run true and easy to balance.
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No issues here, they don't feel any different than any other rims.

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Saw this on a companies site.


Can I drive with my beadlocks on the road?

Yes! Champion Beadlock wheels and conversions can be used on the road for up to 1/2 ton vehicles. Years of testing on the road have proven that with proper maintenance, Champion Beadlocks are safe for street use.

Are Champion Beadlocks DOT approved?

The DOT does not have a specific ruling for beadlock wheels--whether they are Champions or any other brand. Testing has determined for us that our beadlocks are safe for street use, and thus, we do sell beadlocks for light vehicles that will go on the road.
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Run spyderlocks on my DD. check torque often no issues at all!

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Spyderlocks, racelines, TR and methods here, no issues at all.


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I have been running hutchinton with 37's for the last year with no problems and never had a bolt come loose or had a problem with air. Wheeled about 15 times last year. They are heavy at 50 pounds each.
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I have Walkers on my JK:

Pros:
Personally they look better than most regular wheels.

They are BEADLOCKS!! I can roll up to a trial, air way down, wheel and air back up to drive home.

Cons:
They are heavier than a regular wheel so you wheel see a marginal loss in power and fuel economy as there is more rotating mass.

Despite what Champion says, you can get a ticket for running a non DOT approved product on public roads and I think Hutchinsons are the only DOT approved beadlock. With that said, it will take one ROYAL pain in the @$$ to pull you over and actually site you for them so I wouldnt put this issue at the top of my concern list.

They are usually more expensive than a regular wheel but if you are already spending money on a wheel, might as well go all the way.

If you can get over the price and extra weight, then beadlocks are the way to go. The benefit of being able to air down without the worry of popping a bead is a huge plus.
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I have walker evans bead locks, and in my opinion there is absolutely no difference between daily driving on bead locks and non bead locks. What could be different anyway?

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2 years running spyderlocks and 42" pitbulls zero problems just check the bolts every once in awhile.


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as you know ive had spyderlock beadlocks for years never any issue at all... i check the bolts once in awhile.. never have been loose... no issues with the law.. even had cops ask if they are real beadlock and loved them.. those where beadlocks on your last rig right ? ive had spyderlocks and the Hutchinsons ... both great choices ..plus with beadlocks you can mount our own tires.. the wheels are alittle heavier than non.. the spyderlocks 17s are 47 pounds each..
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I have been running hutchinton with 37's for the last year with no problems and never had a bolt come loose or had a problem with air. Wheeled about 15 times last year. They are heavy at 50 pounds each.
i second this, running hutchinsons with 35 nitto's so my tire and wheel combo is heavy but never had a problem.

note that the hutchinsons are dot approved.

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Is there any major difference between Hutchinson, spyderlocks, raceline, and walker Evans? Which is best for DD? Thanks so much for all the replies.
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I run trailready without an issue.

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