Do-It-Yourself Beadlock Install
It’s not hard once you do the first one
With all the talk about beadlock wheels lately, we thought we would take the
time to show you a simple way to mount a tire to a beadlock wheel at home. The good news is that we didn’t have any trouble mounting General’s newest all-terrain, the Grabber A/T X, on the exceptionally nice Method Race Wheels MR105 beadlocks we selected for this story.
What didn’t exactly go as planned was getting our cantankerous 1978 Cherokee Chief to cooperate long enough to do a full-length test on the newest Grabbers. But that will come later. In the meantime, follow along as we show you some at-home beadlock mounting tips to get your project’s new rolling stock mounted up. Inside each Method Race Wheel box you’ll find an instruction sheet with torque values, 5⁄16-inch Grade 8 bolts and washers, a tire valve, and of course the wheel and beadlock ring. Beadlocks are used in harsh off-road environments, so we always lay our parts out and run some antiseize over the beadlock bolt threads just before installing them.
It helps to lay your tires in the sun to warm them up at least 20 minutes before you begin your at-home installation. The sun will warm up the rubber and make the bead bundles slip over the wheel a bit easier.
Installing the valve core is an obviously necessary step frequently overlooked until you have slid the tire over the wheel. Lube the valve core with a little soapy water or window cleaner and carefully pull it through the wheel, making sure the...