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Old 06-13-2008, 07:38 AM
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Beadlock Wheels - Street Useable?

I have been searching for a good wheel to use for my street rod project. Problem has been that I don't have much space between the wheel mounting surface and the body. I found some nice beadlocks that I would go with where I can get a 2" backspacing.

Does anyone have any experience with beadlocks on street tires, or know if they perform good or bad, leak, etc? Will I be forced to use low air pressure? Any info or experiences on beadlocks would be helpful, especially with use on street tires.
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They leak. We use em on dirt track cars and they all leak ,some more than others now I'm not saying it is insufferable just that you would have to keep a close eye on tire pressure.If this is a cruiser tubes might be an option.Are looking for steel or aluminum wheels. If steel is ok Speedway motors has a large section in the offset you need.
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To start with they are not DOT legal. Most are marked "For Off-Road Use Only" or "Race Use Only".

Now to backspacing. Most wheels are made so the tire goes on from the outboard side of the wheel. When you go below a certain backspace (often around 3") they will flip the rim so the outside is now on the inside. They call it a reversed center wheel. If you put a beadlock on the outside of a reverse center wheel it will be very hard to mount...and getting help from a tire shop can be difficult because they are not DOT legal wheels.

I know for a fact that you can order steel wheels by Crager and US Wheel from Summit. I have a set of Crager 17x8 3.5" backspace wheels that I custom ordered from Summit. Find the style you want, give them a call, and ask for someone that can help you with a custom backspace wheel order. There will be an extra charge for custom backspacing wheels. Be sure to tell them you are ok with a reverse center wheel.

This might also be of some help
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=197981
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Good catch since I only used them for racing I didn't think about DOT regs.
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To start with they are not DOT legal. Most are marked "For Off-Road Use Only" or "Race Use Only".

Now to backspacing. Most wheels are made so the tire goes on from the outboard side of the wheel. When you go below a certain backspace (often around 3") they will flip the rim so the outside is now on the inside. They call it a reversed center wheel. If you put a beadlock on the outside of a reverse center wheel it will be very hard to mount...and getting help from a tire shop can be difficult because they are not DOT legal wheels.

I know for a fact that you can order steel wheels by Crager and US Wheel from Summit. I have a set of Crager 17x8 3.5" backspace wheels that I custom ordered from Summit. Find the style you want, give them a call, and ask for someone that can help you with a custom backspace wheel order. There will be an extra charge for custom backspacing wheels. Be sure to tell them you are ok with a reverse center wheel.

This might also be of some help
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=197981


The car is going to be mainly show, for not to frequent cruisng. Will they not create a VIN for the car with such wheels? I understand the reversing of the wheel, but why would I have any difficulty putting the beadlock on?
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The car is going to be mainly show, for not to frequent cruisng. Will they not create a VIN for the car with such wheels? I understand the reversing of the wheel, but why would I have any difficulty putting the beadlock on?
the car will need inspected ( sometimes it's done by law enforcement, sometimes by designated inspectors ) first b4 they will give you a vin.. so yea, it will cause you trouble if you run them
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I understand the reversing of the wheel, but why would I have any difficulty putting the beadlock on?
Give the manufacturer a call and ask. You either have to stretch the tire over the outside or, if that doesn't work, you will have to mount both beads from the inside and then stretch the outer bead over the beadlock. You might having trouble finding a tire shop that will even touch them (without lots of money in their back pocket and no receipt).
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I think I will go with Crager's Soft 8's instead. I believe I can get them in small backspaces, but won't have the neat beadlock look. Thanks guys.
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