Anyone read the TJ article in Petersen's? The TJ has this "Swedish-made TireLoc Beadlock system that uses a special nylon liner and innertube to lock both the inner and outer beads." Quite intriguing. I'm just looking to find a good set of beadlocked wheels that are streetable for long trips, so I don't have to carry two sets of tires. I may have to do more inquiring tomorrow.
05-09-2002, 11:58 PM
Nope, I sure haven't but you definetly have my interest. More info please. How does it lock the bead. I guess I should go get the rag to find out? Or is it just a teaser?
What about the Rockstomper Beadlocks? I know a couple guys that have them on thier daily drivers. Actually almost any beadlock is very streetable if you have a friend with a tire balancer or know a shop that will balance them.
Or if you are a real hardcore guy use some bb's and antifreeze. Check out Billavista's site off POR he has some good info on beadlocks.
Honda CX500C (http://www.cyclechaos.com/wiki/Honda_CX500C)
More info please. How does it lock the bead. I guess I should go get the rag to find out? Or is it just a teaser?
05-10-2002, 09:22 AM
I might be completely wrong here but I wonder how streetable this setup really is. There seems to be a lot of extra "parts" inside your tire and balancing that baby might be a *****. I see how it would be great on the trail but how's that gonna behave inside a 35/37" tire at 70 mph.
Also, how important would it be to keep the pressure inside the tires and then the inner tubes equal, does that mean that when getting of the trail you have to spend 2 hrs to properly air up, or do you just keep the inner tube at say 30 psi at all times and just don't worry about it - again, how would that affect the balance. And if you keep it at high pressure at all times, just how low profile this new "tire" is on say a 16x10 rim. This is just a thin tube not a profiled tire so it is round and to channel that air and lock the bead I would think it'd expand to ~6" diameter. Wouldn't that effectively limit the amount of squish (what a technical term) and therefore contact.
A very interesting concept nonetheless and a nice alternative to beadlock wheels shice you can transfer it from rim to rim if the need be.
Let me digest your post and read the Tireloc website :eek: . This could be semi cool even if I have to carry two sets of wheels/tires.
05-11-2002, 09:36 AM
I found it interesting that there was dialogue dated back to 1996, but most of us haven't never heard about it until today. It PROBABLY doesn't work as well as they'd like to think, or I suspect we'd have heard something about it in the last 6 years.
I agree, intereresting concept. I wonder how difficult it would be to affix the beads to the wheel using some sort of silicone or RTV or something flexible like that. Seemingly, that in itself would give you quite a bit of resistance to "farting" air out on obstacles, thus keeping the tire on the wheel.
I saw the prices on JDS Offroad. About $700 for a set. I think it costs about an average of $125 for a traditional beadlocked wheel. The Hummer beadlocks, if I'm correct, use a run flat nylon lining along with more traditional beadlocks on both sides. Not sure about that though, and I think you have to get them custom drilled to fit your bolt pattern. Those are about $250 a piece if I remember correctly.
I might try these out along with some steelies. Another pro for the system is that if the wheel is heavily damaged, is that you can buy another wheel to replace it for cheap. I also wonder myself why it's not that popular in the states. The price may be a factor, but also you would expect to see the hardcore rock crawler types clinging to this type of stuff. Instead, I tend to see the more traditional beadlocks on these built rigs.