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Who's Running What for Bead Locks?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by vtblazer, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. vtblazer

    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Starting my search for bead lock wheels.

    Let me know what you've got, good-bad or indifferent.
    Pics would be great too.
    Price included if ya don't mind.

    I have 1 ton axles w/disc's on all corners and 16.5" wheels right now.
    The 16.5's barely clear the calipers but as I understand it some grinding can get them to work w/16's.

    Plan on running 38's or 39's with these.
     
  2. resurrected_jimmy

    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    38" swampers on 16.5's with rim screws works aallright for me, I'm not a serious rock crawler so I don't air down below 10 psi, mostly trail and mud
     
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    jmd4x4 1/2 ton status

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    I am running recenterd H1 rims, 8.5 x 16.5 w/ 3 3/4 back spacing. You can get the basic rim and tire for about $50. They are duble bead locks and work great.

    later
    jmd
     
  4. 90BCk5

    90BCk5 1/2 ton status

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    second vote for hummer beadlocks, i run 38.5x16x16.5 tsl's , i have the magnesium inserts right now but want to change to the pvc inserts
     
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    6.2puller 1/2 ton status

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    I just sold my H1 rims, mag inserts and tires. Plan to pick up a new set with PVC inserts this time and 39.5" iroks.
     
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    hummers, simple cheap and they work great
     
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    OMF and Champion. I think I prefer OMF though.
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Staun Beadlockers. Used to be called 'second air'. They're great! :D
     
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    M-1028 1/2 ton status

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    I have been running the 15x12 Eaton beadlocks for almost 3 years now I run real low pressures, around 5 psi, and I have not had any problems, they are getting real beat up and still work fine
     
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    cybrfire weld ons, nuff said.
     
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    argree w/ kurts weldon diy4x
     
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    I got the rippers, :bow: not welded yet :rolleyes:
     
  13. vtblazer

    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    So where would I find a set of hummers?

    If I stay with my current wheel/tire set up, I'll be going Staun's.

    Currently running 12.5x37 SSR's but thinking about going bigger.

    Running alloy's now so a weld on is out unless I find some steelies.
     
  14. Greg72

    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Remember Kurt....

    A "normal" Hummer wheel has 7.25" of backspacing, so you need to get some that are re-centered to something more conventional like 3.75" of BS.

    If you search, I posted up some pics that compared the backspacing of the stock Hummer wheel against a conventional "wagon wheel"....the Hummer wheels will clear the front calipers in the way you want (diameter) but will end up hitting in ways you DON'T want due to the backspacing.....they hit the caliper body, the tie rod, the highsteer arms....it's ugly.

    Out back, they work awesome and will "tuck" a 16" wide swamper almost 100% underneath the stock fenders....it's an insane look. Kind of like a lifted Blazer that's been mini-tubbed! :D

    Something else to consider, is that if you go with the Staun/TireLoc solution in a 16.5" size....you can move them to a 17" wheel later on. At some point, the 16.5" tires will be phased-out, and the whole larger diameter wheel trend seems inevitable from a marketing perspective....the new 39" BFG Krawler radial will only come in a 17" from what I recall, so at some point the "sexy" tires will force most enthusiasts to at least a 17" wheel.

    With any other beadlock solution, you'll have to re-buy wheels...with the Staun/TireLoc, you can swap them over....the extra 1/2" of diameter doesn't make any appreciable difference in their performance. (I got this statement directly from the manufacturer, BTW) :wink1:


    For the lazy:

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=133919&highlight=Hummer
     
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    i got hummers too, just, now i need every thing elce!
     
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    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Yeah, I would be finding some re-worked hummers if I went that way.

    Thanks for the info/link, all good.

    As soon as time allows I'll be going to the Staun web site.
     
  17. 6.2puller

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    Not sure where you are in Vt but Domenics Jeep and Auto in Hampstead NH is a Staun dealer. 603-329-9439 http://www.domenicsautoandjeep.com/offroadstore.htm
    He will ship them and is a great guy to deal with. He donates a lot back to the locall 4wheel community through donations to the North East Association of 4wd Clubs
     
  18. 82dieselburb

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    I'm running Stazwork 17" double beadlocks with 39 irok's.
    They defiently weren't cheap,about $325 a wheel. :yikes:

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  19. vtblazer

    vtblazer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks for the link.

    Looks to be 150 miles south of me.

    Sounds like a good call to make. :wink1:
     
  20. jays68yak

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    H1s, recentered to 3.75. Still have the mag insterted but would like to go to pvc in the future. 38.5x16x16.5 swampers now.

    IMO the h1s are it cuz you have a double bead lock to begin with, and its only 8 or 12 bolts vers 30ish on others. Its just way quicker to change a tire. Not knocking the others, just my opnion.

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