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I have Walker Evans beadlocks and haven't had any any issues with them, but after talking with some buddies, I'm wondering if it's such a great idea...


Who else tows and does significant highway driving on beadlocks??? Any issues you've encountered?





(I posted here because I was hoping for more specific answers and better discussion than I would likely get in the Tire/Wheel section)
 

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You will get alot of answers along the lines of " Don't do it, they are not rated for that" Truth is no one wants the liability. Myself and others have pulled with Full KMC enduro beadlocks and if I remember correctly the load rating was the same on the Walkers as well. This was with Toyo's and aired up to 50 psi.
 

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i daily drive mine and have towed a few times loaded down many times i have had 0 issues but i got trail readys so cannot comment on other brands im not in fear of any issues what so ever
 

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I've towed many times with my method beadlocks on a trailier with a good amount of tongue weight and never had an issue.

I think chuck is right...no one wants the liability.
 

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Technically no one can except liability for the highway use of beadlock (towing or not) as they aren't DOT approved. TrailReady builds a DOT approved beadlock, but it comes with a price tag...just like anything that has government approval:)
 

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I smash all around with bead locks and I feel safer with them now. I have trailready bead locks
 

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I smash all around with bead locks and I feel safer with them now. I have trailready bead locks
I've got some TrailReady's on the way for the Jeep.

The price tag on the Trailready's is due to the fact that they are proudly made right here in the good ole USA! Just about every wheel on the planet is built in China or at least mostly built in China. After getting shipped here the may have some final finishing or machining but that is about it.:flag1:
 

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Military humvee's have beadlock's and they are Dot Approved ? and don't have any troubles yes I know the Goverment can do what they want but there are alot of guy's out there running the wheel's on different vehicles .
 

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I've got some TrailReady's on the way for the Jeep.

The price tag on the Trailready's is due to the fact that they are proudly made right here in the good ole USA! Just about every wheel on the planet is built in China or at least mostly built in China. After getting shipped here the may have some final finishing or machining but that is about it.:flag1:
It bummed me out seeing the "Made in China" on the back of the Walker Evans...I guess I just assumed they were made here.


I read this from champion: Champion Wheel

Thanks for the responses.
 

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Oh, and the tech from Walker Evans said they were "not recommended" for towing but said a lot of people do it and they haven't heard of any issues.
 

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illegal to run beadlocks here
 

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Well they are not legal any where hence them not being dot approved.
 

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thats why i said they are illegal here
 

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I can't remember who makes the wheels that are 2 piece, they split in the center instead of the ring and are dot approved. I've seen them in Peterson 4 wheel and off road. I think they would be an interesting wheel.
 

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And I think the trail ready's are hands down the best bead lock available aside from being use made!
 

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I can't remember who makes the wheels that are 2 piece, they split in the center instead of the ring and are dot approved. I've seen them in Peterson 4 wheel and off road. I think they would be an interesting wheel.
I think your thinking of weld racing wheels

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I can't remember who makes the wheels that are 2 piece, they split in the center instead of the ring and are dot approved. I've seen them in Peterson 4 wheel and off road. I think they would be an interesting wheel.
You're probably thinking of Hutchinson Rock Monsters. They are pretty cool wheels but very heavy.

 

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As far as legality that is a very gray area. I would severely doubt that any LEO is going to pull you over and try to determine the assembly construction of your wheels. There are more wheels on the market that look like beadlocks than there are actual beadlocks.

Plus there are a ton of other things that aren't considered legal on our trucks but somehow we drive 10's of thousands of miles a year without hassle.

Tinted windows
Tires that stick out past the fenders
Improper mud flaps
Removal of emissions equipment
Driving with aftermarket lights without covers.

I am guilty of all of the above things and I have never (knock on wood) been hassled for any of those things in the past 5 or 10 years. Most police officers will give a thumbs up or ask about my truck and some of them are customers.
 
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