Do-It-Your­self Bead­lock In­stall

It’s not hard once you do the first one

Jp Magazine - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Christian Hazel jped­i­tor@jp­ Pho­tog­ra­phy: Christian Hazel

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...

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