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Ok so I have been looking and cant really find the answer (yes I did the search), but I was just wondering, why use beadlock rims? I am relatively new to the jeep scene as I have only had my YJ (1993) going on about a year, and my JK Unl X (2007) about 3 months, so forgive the newbie question. I am just wondering what exactly beadlocks are beneficial for?
 

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you can run a lower psi in the tires without breaking the bead. lower psi equals more traction. tires are able to grip around rocks better. the tire bends more and you will have more sidewall flex.

i have walker evans beadlocks with Pitbull MadDogs 39x14.50-17 mounted. i am able to run below 5psi with out any problems.
 

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oh ok gotcha, I figured it probably had something to do with psi but wasn't sure. So if I dont do rock climbing (more of a trail/mud guy) would it be necessary for beadlocks? Granted I am aware you should still air down somewhat for even that, but would it be worth the extra $$$ for it if Im not rock climbing?
 

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oh ok gotcha, I figured it probably had something to do with psi but wasn't sure. So if I dont do rock climbing (more of a trail/mud guy) would it be necessary for beadlocks? Granted I am aware you should still air down somewhat for even that, but would it be worth the extra $$$ for it if Im not rock climbing?
You should always air down before hitting the trail... even if you are not going to be getting crazy. A little extra traction is always a good thing and the lower tire pressure will ease the transmission of the bumps into your body (this may be more important to us old guys, but still). With non-beadlocks, you should be able to easily/safely get down to 15psi and some go further without issue.

I'd not worry about them. spend your cash on other, more appropriate mods.
 

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With non-beadlocks, you should be able to
X2 It varies depending on rim and tire, but 10-12 psi is a good air down pressure for non beadlocks, single digits for beadlocks.

Airing down not only gives you better traction but more flotation.
 

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Airing down not only gives you better traction but more flotation.
meaning wider footprint on sand and mud, the tires are less likely to sink in...


i hate to have someone read floatation and take it literal, and try to walk on water.
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