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Author Topic:   sealing beadlock?
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted September 08, 2004 06:53 AM  
I am having one heck of a time getting my new beadlock rim to seal up. Anybody got any good tips? Thought about rubber gasket material or RTV. Also, I have not been running tubes in my beadlocks. Didn't figure I would need them but I might start.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted September 08, 2004 07:33 AM  
I've seen this subject before. I've got 4 beadlock wheels, and i'll bet they would hold air over the winter if i let them sit that long.
When i mount the tires i mount them dry, no soap, no water, no nada.
Torque the bolts to 10 ft/lb in a criss cross pattern.
As I begin to tighten the bolts I bounce the tire wheel to get it centered on the wheel. I know you can get it off center resulting in an ellyptical tire/wheel.
I suppose some silicone sealer would help but I would work to keep it evenly distributed to prevent a way out of balance condition.
I ran asphalt take offs a bit, one of them became the only tire I've ever had that would not seal up. Turns out the bead area was damaged when I bought it. I suspect your trouble is being caused by the tire.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted September 08, 2004 07:40 AM  
some asphalt take offs will never be leak free. they leak air through the porous sidewalls...

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 137
posted September 08, 2004 08:00 AM  
I just had the same problem, there was dirt etc on my used tires.

I use a impact gun to tighten my bolts must be closer to 60-70 lbs, but sure is faster..

they dont leak now that I cleaned the tires and rims of good.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted September 08, 2004 11:39 AM  
you know you can strip those out pretty easy, i have seen some guys that use bolts now bcause half of the wheel is stripped out. be carefull if you run the down with the impact.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted September 08, 2004 12:33 PM  
You should clean those bolts and nuts everytime you change a tire. I know b/c a beadlock with broken bolts isn't worth a darn.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted September 08, 2004 06:14 PM  
This is a brand new Bart rim and Hoosier tire. Thought I had it sealed up but ran one race and now it won't hold air for more than 20 minutes. It leaks all the way around the lock ring. Bolts are as tight as I can get them without stripping. Guess I will just put a tube in it and see what I think.

Special Ed
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 63
posted September 08, 2004 08:28 PM  
Ok here is the problem I've had with one of my wheels. It is a factory bead lock. The part of the wheel where the ring bolts to it is actually higher than the rest of the wheel where the tire should seal up. This caused the gap between the ring and the wheel to be larger than the thickness of the bead of the tire. I had trouble similar to what you are having and I finally ran a thin layer of silcone around the wheel where it makes contact with the tire and my problem was fixed. Give the silicone a try....I bet it will fix your problem.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 209
posted September 10, 2004 02:29 AM  
we don't fit a tire up, bead lock or non bead lock rim, without using silicone sealant. it probably sounds stupid, but we don't have leaking problems (other than over long periods of time) and the silicone also acts as a lubricant to help the tire slip over the inner bead.


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