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Old 03-29-2007, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Towing with beadlocks

Anyone ever towed with beadlock wheels on their truck? Can it be done? Pros-cons?
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

towing what? a jet ski sure...

this maybe a dumb question, but are they real beadlock or do they just look like beadlock...
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

I suppose it depends if the wheels are rated for highway speeds and the weight.

I don't believe beadlocks are DOT approved, since they are a specialized off-road wheel so they are probably not built for speed. The manufacturer would have to be contacted for a definite answer.
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

they will be stamped on the back of the wheel with a load rating.... if they are Robby's or Walker's they are 3000lbs.... if they are KMC's they are 3200lbs.... I will be running KMC's on my new truck.... and towing up to 17K of 5er.....
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

luckys,I was talking about towing a gooseneck,5vr, or large trailer. Real beadlocks not simulated.

Mr_Roboto, I don't believe any beadlocks are dot approved. But Im not worried about the speed rating, speeds well in excess of 100mph are common in offroad racing.

RRose, I thought Walker's were rated for 3800 lbs? So you do tow with yours? Any issues, burping, loosing air? I'm thinking about buying a set of Walker's and I tow with my truck quite a bit.

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I'm almost positive that Walkers are rated at 3K..... but if they are rated at 3800..... I'll be getting those! I need a high rated wheel.
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

3800#. I looked again

http://www.walkerevansracing.com/beadlocks.wheels/
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

What's a beadlock wheel ?? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img] I'm not very brite. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

They are used for off-road use. Basically the outside tire bead is clamped on to help prevent the bead from popping off with the normally low air pressures of off road use.

They are a lot more necessary with 16.5" tires which have a steep bead angle that pops off easily. (Ask me how I know).
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good find destin.... I'm going to look at those and KMC's for my truck.
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

I feel you on the 16.5's popping beads. I also learned the hard way. It took hours one day to get home in the snow. If I aired up I couldnt make it down the road, if I aired down I could make it about 1/4 mile and kept blowing the bead. This was only 10 lbs. differnece-about 25 vs. 15 lbs. I will never buy 16.5's again. I have run much lower than that(as low as 3-4lbs.) without beadlocks crawling rocks on the Rubicon with 15 and 16" wheels.
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

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good find destin.... I'm going to look at those and KMC's for my truck.

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No prob RRose. I really likethe walkers, but I'm still not sure about towing.
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Re: Towing with beadlocks

I can't really say..... my last truck had the robby gordon wheels with simulated beadlocks..... I have a ford ranger that has 15K on beadlocks and I've never had an issue..... but I don't tow with it.
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