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Be­fore you can in­stall the wheel into the tire, you have to re­move the bead-lock rings from each side. Pro-line only in­stalls two screws to keep them in place, so it doesn’t take long to re­move them. The rims don’t come with vent holes, so you’ll want to vent them by drilling some holes or vent the tires be­fore you as­sem­ble them. Once the rim is in­side the tire, you have to align the bead of the tire with the wheel. I have mounted a lot of tires on bead-lock rims in my time, and th­ese rims made get­ting the bead in the rim very easy. This is due to the larger than nor­mal bead open­ing on the wheel and the ta­per on the out­side of the wheel. I pushed the bead of the tire into the wheel and placed the ring on top. As I pressed down on the bead-lock ring, the tire slid into place and I was eas­ily able to get two screws placed in the ring to se­cure the tire. Since I was go­ing to have to tighten 128 screws to­tal, I de­cided to use my power screw­driver to get the job done. The nice thing about us­ing a power screw­driver with metal wheels is that you don’t have to worry about strip­ping out the tapped holes—some­thing that can hap­pen eas­ily with a plas­tic wheel. It took about six min­utes to as­sem­ble each wheel, so the to­tal time to get them done was 24 min­utes, which is a lit­tle shorter than what I have spent on other bead­lock wheels. One thing that I no­ticed while putting the rings on was that the paint on the rings caused the hole to be slightly un­der­sized, which caused the screws to dig in and in­ter­fered with the screws thread­ing prop­erly in the rim. In­stalling them onto my Vaterra As­cen­der was a breeze; they fit with no prob­lems at all. For those who own a Traxxas TRX-4, the wheels with­out brass weights fit, but the brass weights are in the por­tal cov­ers and didn’t al­low me to bolt the wheels up. With the wheels on my As­cen­der, I went out to my fa­vorite crawl­ing spot. The weight of the heav­ier alu­minum wheels (com­pared to plas­tic) and ex­tra ounces up front with the brass weights im­proved climb­ing and crawl­ing per­for­mance con­sid­er­ably. My As­cen­der was much more sta­ble, es­pe­cially when side hilling, and the front end didn’t come up dur­ing ex­treme climbs.

FINAL WORD

I was sur­prised when Pro-line an­nounced that they’d be com­ing out with alu­minum wheels for scale trucks. They’ve made some of the most de­tailed and durable plas­tic wheels out there for years, and alu­minum wheels wasn’t some­thing that I would have ex­pected. The Pro-forge Fault­line wheels are per­fectly ma­chined, are easy to as­sem­ble, and have a great look. The op­tional bolt-on brass weights are a nice touch. The only bum­mer is that the wheels aren’t vented, and I had a slight crossthread­ing is­sue due to the pow­der coat on the bead-lock rings. In the end, those two is­sues weren’t a problem for me, so I guess it’s not re­ally a big deal. —Kevin Het­man­ski

SOURCE

Pro-line pro­lin­erac­ing.com

I in­stalled the Fault­line on my Vaterra As­cen­der, and they re­ally do a great job of en­hanc­ing the per­for­mance and the look of my truck.

The wheels come two to a pack­age, and the bead-lock rings are held in place with two but­ton-head screws.

The bead fits the rim per­fectly and didn’t re­quire any ad­just­ments to get the combo in­stalled.

The op­tional brass weights at­tach to the Pro-line hex adapter and take up a lot of space in­side the wheel.

If you don’t have a six-lug adapter for the wheels, you can pick up a set of alu­minum ones from Pro-line.

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