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The Fourth Kickass DIY4X Thread This Week...Beadlocks!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mikey_d05, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I finally got home and around to mounting my tires and putting them back on my trailtruck. I had Kert at DIY 4x4 cut a custom pattern for my rings.

    Nothing says tuff like raw steel and old english text:
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    Kert's work is flat out outstanding. I asked him to do the welding since I'd rather not find out the hard way whether or not my welds would hold air. First of all, my rims were bent and messy when I gave them to him, they came back straight as could be. Secondly, after he was done with the welding and finish work, the rims and inner rings looked like one piece of metal. Pretty much the cleanest thing on my rig:
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    The temp was in the negatives here for yesterday and most of today so I carried everything down to the basement to paint and mount. I sprayed the rims with gloss black and the rings with satin clear coat. Mounted the tires and torqued everything down. (my wrist hasn't been this sore since before I had a girlfriend)
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    mmmmmmmmm.....beefy.....took everything back out to the garage and seated the inner beads and took my truck off of it's pitiful shop roller tires (two of which were completely flat) and put it back on the real meats.
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    Awesome products, will definitely be doing business with him again. I have to air down to get out of the garage so it looks like I'll get to test them sooner rather than later. :p: Thanks again Kert :waytogo:
     
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    howd mounting the 16.5s go?

    ive always wondered how the bead would act when clamped.
     
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    Very Nice, Mike! I was within a week of ordering some from Kert for my 16.5's when I came across my H1 wheels & DRW 1-tons.
     
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    Looks great. He does make some great stuff:bow:
     
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    They're 15's, and I had to go around each rim 4 seperate times before they were torqued evenly. I wasn't joking about the wrist comment.
     
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    So do you airdown for the exit from the garage, or you got a taller door somewhere?
     
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    I air down and as many people as are present at my house at the time get to hop in my truck to compress the suspension.
     
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    Looks good Mikey:pimp:
     
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    Looks good, you just just get some rachet straps to compress it, one on each corner. Jackup that corner of your suspension and tighten down the strap.
     
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    Sorry to bring up an old thread,but did you use grade 5 hardware? Also did you use washer's on both sides?
     
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    hey mikey, i was wondering what them rims are and what size?
    i know that tey are 15's but how wide? thanx
     
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    Hardware is Grade 8 bolts, washers on both sides, and Grade 9 "structural" top-locks. Yep, I'm paranoid.

    Rims started as 12" wide, I forget the brand though.
     
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    do you think that you will have any issues with the inner bead? how much air are you running in them for the trail?
     
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    Before the beadlocks I was running 10 pounds in the rocks and they hardly even flexed. I'm gonna start at 7 or so this time out and probably work my way down to 5 or less since the next trip out will be snow wheeling. Might blow an inner, might not. I'm a little worried but we'll see what happens.

    I had a couple of ideas to keep the inner bead seated, but I didn't have the time to try any of them out this time around. If it gets to be a problem I'll dismount 'em and work some magic.
     

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