Going to beadlocks worth it?

NAZ Jeeper

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I’m thinking about upgrading my wheels and tires and this may be an opportnuity to go to beadlocks. Are they worth it? I can air down my MTRs to 14 without any problems and think I can go lower if I wanted to on my Method non beadlock wheels. Are headlocks a pain to maintain. My Jeep isn’t a daily driver but I don’t think twice about driving from AZ to UT, NV, or CO to go wheeling. Also what brand would you recommend if it matters. I don’t really care about DOT approval.
 

Speedy_RCW

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I’m thinking about upgrading my wheels and tires and this may be an opportnuity to go to beadlocks. Are they worth it? I can air down my MTRs to 14 without any problems and think I can go lower if I wanted to on my Method non beadlock wheels. Are headlocks a pain to maintain. My Jeep isn’t a daily driver but I don’t think twice about driving from AZ to UT, NV, or CO to go wheeling. Also what brand would you recommend if it matters. I don’t really care about DOT approval.
I think they are. At times I air down 6-8 without worry. I usually just check the torque on the ring bolts when I rotate the tires. Never had an issue and have taken it on long trips as well.
 

wayoflife

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I’m thinking about upgrading my wheels and tires and this may be an opportnuity to go to beadlocks. Are they worth it? I can air down my MTRs to 14 without any problems and think I can go lower if I wanted to on my Method non beadlock wheels. Are headlocks a pain to maintain. My Jeep isn’t a daily driver but I don’t think twice about driving from AZ to UT, NV, or CO to go wheeling. Also what brand would you recommend if it matters. I don’t really care about DOT approval.
Depends on how you use your Jeep. If you play hard on the rocks, they're definitely worth it. If not, eh, a good set of wheels will get the job done just fine, just as you've seen. You can easily go down to 10-12 psi and not have any issues so long as you're running a narrow wheel. Something like 8" in width. Back in the day, we used to call it a poor mans beadlock.

A big advantage of NOT running beadlocks is that a lot of shops - MOST shops won't balance or work on your wheels if you have beadlocks. So again, it's all a matter of how you use your Jeep.
 

NAZ Jeeper

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All we get out here are the rocks so that’s what I get to wheel in. I wonder if our local Discount Tire will work on beadlocks. I’ll have too ask them. My fake beadlocks have taken a beating so it would be a benefit to be able to replace just the ring.
 

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wayoflife

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All we get out here are the rocks so that’s what I get to wheel in. I wonder if our local Discount Tire will work on beadlocks. I’ll have too ask them. My fake beadlocks have taken a beating so it would be a benefit to be able to replace just the ring.
Discount Tire should or at least, now a days. That said, you should call and ask first as the rule change is recent.
 

CalSgt

Hooked
All we get out here are the rocks so that’s what I get to wheel in. I wonder if our local Discount Tire will work on beadlocks. I’ll have too ask them. My fake beadlocks have taken a beating so it would be a benefit to be able to replace just the ring.

I don't think I would recommend Beadlocks for anyone not willing or not capable of working on them. They are a PIA but simple enough for any person competent with tools.
 

NAZ Jeeper

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Yeah I don’t have a problem doing the maintenance. I just want to make sure they will mount and balance on those wheels.
 

NAZ Jeeper

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I’m on 35 MTRs now and may go to 37s after I install my coil overs. The guy at discount tires thinks that MTRs are going to be discontinued so I may need to find something with some comparable sidewall strength to replace them.
 

TrailHunter

Hooked
I’m on 35 MTRs now and may go to 37s after I install my coil overs. The guy at discount tires thinks that MTRs are going to be discontinued so I may need to find something with some comparable sidewall strength to replace them.
My 35 Load E TG’s have yet to be balanced. Maybe I’m just lucky.. I don’t know. I’ve heard others say the 37“ Load D need balancing. But I think in general because the Nittos are more stout there is better chance of minimal or no balancing needed. I could be wrong though. (I’ll probably get a vibration this weekend now that I said that.. lol)
 
My 35 Load E TG’s have yet to be balanced. Maybe I’m just lucky.. I don’t know. I’ve heard others say the 37“ Load D need balancing. But I think in general because the Nittos are more stout there is better chance of minimal or no balancing needed. I could be wrong though. (I’ll probably get a vibration this weekend now that I said that.. lol)
My 35" TG's need like 1.25 ounces balanced dynamically (both sides and also with simulated road force on a tire balancer) which is basically nothing for a big mud terrain. I've said it so many times before lol, such an excellent tire all around.
 

NAZ Jeeper

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Well the MTRs are a pain to balance when they start to get worn down. I’m getting sick of starting my weekend off at Discount Tire to get these things rebalanced.
 
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