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weld on beadlocks on chrome rims

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigbluesuburban, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. bigbluesuburban

    bigbluesuburban 1/2 ton status

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    I have a set of 15x12 8 lug rims that I want to install beadlocks onto. My only concern is that the rims are chrome.

    How should I prep the surface in order to get a good weld when I install the beadlocks?

    Is this ok to do? Will there be an inherent weakness?
     
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    There is no problem welding on chromed metal but unless you are planning on putting some really wide tires on that thing I would reconsider using 12 inch rims.
     
  3. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Yeah, the beadlocks add what, another inch or so on each side ... so effectively it's a 14"ish wide rim, so you'd hafta have like what, 16-18" wide tires not to squish them? :eek1:

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    Beadlocks add about an Inch to the width of the rim. 15x12 would measure out around 15x13 or so ish. Depends on bead thickness of the tire a bit and how much you squish it.
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Oops. I stand corrected. S'pose it depends on the rim style and all too.

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    That will have an effect as well. Some rims have a little more curl on the rim edge. If you were able to add an inner ring you would get more, however, I have tried this and it just isn't feasible with normal brakes.
     
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    Ohhh ... that's what I was thinking of, double beadlocks, DIY style.

    Duh :doah: brakes ... I of all people should know that...

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