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16.5's and screws

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Mr.Chevy4x4, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    16.5\'s and screws

    Anyone done it?
     
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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    Never done it, but if it were a drag racing slick I'm pretty sure you'd use 8 screws per side (16 per total wheel). I thought about doing it on my 15" wheels - just too lazy. Where are you at in Alabama?

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  3. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    I am just above Montgomery in a little town named Wetumpka. I am thinking about doing this to prevent rolling the tire off.

    Thanks

    '85 K5 : 330 HP-350/350/205/FF14/D60/36 inch TSL's
     
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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    In dragracing this is not done to keep the bead on the rim or from losing air, it is to keep the tire from spinning on the rim for traction. I think it is not a common use among fourwheelers because the bead usually blows from a side wall impact and/or too little air pressure. Your bead with a screw through it is going to get continuously chewed upon by the screws as you wheel.
    Drag tires don't last and aren't used for but a couple miles on most cars that run screws.
    It will hold the tire on the rim, but the wear and tear to the tire is probably why its not done. If you don't keep your tires balance, you may have to spin your tire on the rim to get a better balance and set the screws into different parts of the bead. You may chew up the bead before the tread is worn out.

    Rob

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    I have a good friend that is an EB fan and owner. He went on a EB run a Tellico recently and he said that several guys were running D60's with 16.5's and had screws in the beads to keep the tires on at low pressure. I know people do it, but I want to talk to someone who has. The screws shouldn't "eat up" the beads because they shouldn't be moving on the wheel. Thanks for your input.



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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    I would like to talk to someone who has done this also.I dont think I would do it but If someone has had good experience with this ...well maybe
     
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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    I've got a hot roddin mag with an article in it about this. Never tried it though. I know the biggest thing is to make sure that the holes are Exactly right because it will throw the tire out of balance. I will look for the mag and try to scan it for you.



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  8. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    That would be great! Thanks!



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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    Can someone explain how you do this? Do you guys have your wheels already and just want to put screws in them? If you don't have the wheels yet you could just get 16.5 beadlocks.

    Chad
    '73 Blazer,383,400,Atlas II,D60/14 Bolt,traclok/detroit,39.5 Swamps
     
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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    I can't run bead locks because I occasionally drive the truck on the street, and trust me the cops around here know what they are and that they are illegal. Yes, I alreay have some wheels that I don't have a problem with drilling holes in if someone can convince me that this will help.

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    is it a money thing? If not, why not go with a set of rockstomper beadlock rings?

    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&amp;threadid=23255&amp;highlight=screws
    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&amp;threadid=6094&amp;highlight=screws

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    I just ordered my rockstomper beadlocks[​IMG] Wahoo...

    Chad
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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    It isn't a money thing, it is a legality thing. I don't care what anyone tells you, a true bead lock is not street legal. The cops and state troopers around here are good ole country boys that own 4 wheel drives and they know this. They will write you up in a heart beat for running them on the street. My truck isn't a daily driver but it isn't a trailer queen either.


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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    Well actually....

    Have you consulted your law books lately?

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&amp;threadid=29140&amp;highlight=beadlocks+and+legal>http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&amp;threadid=29140&amp;highlight=beadlocks+and+legal</a>

    But since you "dont care what anybody tells you" perhaps that info will be useless to you. Btw, why did you ask if you don't care?

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    Well wise guy, go back and show me where I asked about bead locks! And if you know the laws so well, why don't you come and talk with the state trooper that lives down the road from me. I didn't post this to start flames, I was trying to find usefull information on running screws not bead locks.

    By the way, do you believe everything you read on Pirate4x4? If so I have some land to sell you.

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    Hey just to fan the flames some more: Police officers (including state tropers) are NOT the absolute authority on all automotive laws. Every police officer goes through a state operated school ("police academy") were they learn from their little Mao Tse Tung book. The "book" explains most statutes in plain text so the officer can do his/her job. It does NOT explain ever state statute or the complete motor vehicle code, which for most states would fill a small room with tombs of legalise.

    I've had officers try to cite me for not having my vehicles registered in my current state, only to watch them back-pedal when I show them a letter from the state DMV quoting a little known loophole for Servicemembers on active duty.

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    About the beadlock thing being illegal....

    How do they know if you have true beadlocks or those new fake ones?

    And, how are screwed tires any different than beadlocks?

    Tim
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  18. Mr.Chevy4x4

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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    It is easy to tell the difference between a real bead lock and a fake one when you get up close and look. The difference between the bead locks and screws is that the screws aren't holding the tire on the rim going down the highway, but the bolts on the bead lock are the only thing holding the tire on the rim.
    As far as the law goes, Trooper Driggers told me that he would give me a ticket if he caught me running bead locks on "his" roads. I really don't feel like going through the hassle of going to court to see if a judge would throw it out or not. It just isn't worth the hassle.


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    Re: 16.5\'s and screws

    Beadscrews will break during offroad trips. I tried them and they worked for a while until I slid sideways and hit a rock-three srews heads broke off and let all the air out and I couldn't get the broke pieces out (on the trail) to air back up. Major waste of time and you ruin your wheels,(anyone need a set?). If you need 16.5 beadlocks and you want them to be street legal in all 50 states-buy you a set of TireLoc beadlocks, they are pricey but not that much more than regular beadlock wheels. Cheaper option is to find you a set of "stock" mid-70's chevy wheels that came with a safety bead from the factory for the 16.5 wheels. These stock wheels are skinny but I bet you won't bust a bead.
     
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    so the stock ones had an inner safty bead??? i have two sets in my back yard. maybe i'll try em out.

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