Originally Posted by Uncle Sams Misguided Child
I have the aluminum rings and they do take a beating. Ask raceline about the spacers between the beadlock ring and the wheel. I have a problem with the bolts breaking. Supposedly the spacer corrects that problem. But I am too lazy to redo all my wheels.
I had wondered about the spacer. If I end up going this route now, I'll definitely discuss it with them.
Another vote for the aluminum. When I replaced tires I hit my rings with the random orbital sander and that cleaned up a lot of the smaller scratches quite a bit.
When I went from 35" Toyo's to 38" GY's I had to add Raceline's spacer. It still wasn't enough to keep the rings from "coning". I ended up using a washer at each hole in addition to the plastic spacer.
I guess I'm confused on this. I thought they already used a washer under the bolt head. Can't see anywhere else a washer would help with your issue. Good idea on dressing down the surface between tire changes.
If you run PBR's, the steel rings seat much better than the aluminum ones. Otherwise, the aluminum ones are sweet!
Hmmm. Now you've gone and thrown a monkey wrench into what was otherwise a smooth-running plan. I'm running 37" MTRs at present, but PBRs are on the short list of potential "trail only" tires I might put on a set of Racelines. I may wait on them until I go the whole "tons and 40s" route though -- which, of course, would require a new set of 8 bolt beadlocks, but by the time I can afford to do that changeover, I'll probably have worn out another set of tires and wheels anyway.
Originally Posted by CT Performance, Inc
My 40" Trail Grapplers with the Al ring would break bolts so got spacers which stopped the bolts from breaking but couldn't get them then to stop leaking Air. Allied said to run steel rings without spacers so the bolts wouldn't break but I didn't want them.
So after 2 years of dealing with it I sold the rims and got Chamber Pro's..no leaks and so far bolts are not leaking.
No offense -- the Chamber Pros may be great wheels -- but I am totally unimpressed by an allen head beadlock bolt. Not the least bit interested in going that route. Too hard to get replacements locally; too easy to strip out the socket; impossible to get a pair of vise grips on the heads down in that counter bore. Sorry, just not interested in that at all. I do appreciate your comments on your experience with the Racelines though. And again, I mean no offense by my response, just not where I'm willing to go.
Thanks again to all who have chimed in here. It is appreciated.
Edit: BTW, what does it take for a thread to make it to the "active topics" page? I would have thought this would have made it by now, but it's not there.