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    Bead Lock Wheels??

    Are they worth it for light off road (ie not rock crawling)? I'm thinking to put a set on my old QX4 with 16 inch steel wheels and 30 inch tires. Not sure if it's worth the trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Are they worth it for light off road (ie not rock crawling)? I'm thinking to put a set on my old QX4 with 16 inch steel wheels and 30 inch tires. Not sure if it's worth the trouble.



    Not worth the hassles unless you run ultra low psi's in the rocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Are they worth it for light off road (ie not rock crawling)? I'm thinking to put a set on my old QX4 with 16 inch steel wheels and 30 inch tires. Not sure if it's worth the trouble.
    not worth it at all unless you are headed for deep sand and extreme low psi

    or any extreme low psi....

    your old qx4 is gonna be fine going anywhere w/o beadlocks.

    I stick my stock 1999 4runner limited into super bullshit rocky, rooty, logging roads and no roads scenarios and it just goes...never considered a beadlock

    what I do need is that electric rear diff locker, I use it a ton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 127.0.0.1 View Post
    not worth it at all unless you are headed for deep sand and extreme low psi
    This.

    I've also heard that wheels with true functional bead locks (there are some that are just cosmetic) are almost impossible to balance. So, for the majority of the time when you're not rock crawling, your rig will handle like crap.

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    ^^this

    if you have bead locks, you may as well have a dedicated off road rig, and use the qx4 to trailer the [off road rig] to the party
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    Bead Lock Wheels??

    Thanks guys! I bought this truck new in 2002 and have beat the hell out of it over the years. Itís actually a very reliable 4WD, and pretty much only used for MTB and surfing. Now steel wheels, bigger tires, skid plates. Giving it to my 16 year old son to off road in, and to learn to work on.

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    I have em and love em. Spendy but pretty killer

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    They are made for low air pressure with extreme sidewall loading. If youre not doing that they are just cool looking


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    Save yourself the hassle. You can air down to about 10 without worrying about losing a bead.

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    No..

    A e rated LT tire on a correctly corrsponding width should allow you to air down into the teens. This and armor and recovery gear might be a good idea...

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    Bought these steelies instead of bead locks, to go with a set of Falken Wildpeak AT3W's.

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    those should look good

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    Beater wagon for my son.

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    Looks good. My first vehicle was nowhere as nice. Glad to hear you want your son to learn how wrench on his own rig. Most kid's today are clueless with how vehicles work.

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    Some of my favorite times were going to the"pick a part" wrecker and finding cheap parts to keep our first vehicles going.

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    After 2" lift.

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    Time for some skid plates & rock rails! Those running boards will be the first pieces of plastic to get destroyed. Followed closely by the rear bumper...if your son drives anything like I did when i was young.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eshew View Post
    Time for some skid plates & rock rails! Those running boards will be the first pieces of plastic to get destroyed. Followed closely by the rear bumper...if your son drives anything like I did when i was young.
    running boards do have to go for sure. just unbolt them and leave them off.

    with careful driving (slow, 4lo, in chunky rock, get out on occasion to check underbody clearance) should be OK otherwise.
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    Bead Lock Wheels??

    Yep, rock rails and skid plates next. He will probably drive it like he stole it!

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