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Beadlock vs Non-beadlock
September 28, 2021

Beadlock vs. Non-Beadlock: Who says you can’t reinvent the wheel?

Just like every facet of technology in off-roading motorsports evolves, so do wheels. The commonly encountered buzzwords: durable, lightweight, cast, forged, etc. are not the only important factors. What about a wheel that directly interacts with a tire? A wheel that doesn’t just act as the structural support for your knobby beauties, but provides piece of mind and enhances your off-road performance potential?

Beadlock and non-beadlock side by sideBeadlock and non-beadlock side by side

Enter beadlock wheels. Whereas a conventional wheel relies exclusively on air pressure to secure the tire bead to the rim, beadlock technology acts as a safeguard to the dreaded tire debead dilemma that plagues off-roaders and offers performance and ride quality improvements.

Beadlock locking ring explanationBeadlock locking ring explanation

Beadlock technology utilizes an outer ring that bolts into the face of the wheel. The beadlock ring acts as a clamp and secures the tire bead securely to the wheel regardless of air pressure.

Non-beadlock knurling explanationNon-beadlock knurling explanation

Beadlock wheels are especially beneficial in situations where varying tire pressures might be needed, for example: rock crawling, desert racing, and other extremely rough terrains. The ability to safely run lower tire pressures not only increases the tire’s contact patch area but makes for a smoother ride over rugged terrains by allowing the tire to compress more freely, effectively reducing its spring rate.

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