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Are Bead Locks For You?

Posted in How To on June 11, 2008
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Photographers: Courtesy Of OMF

You're not serious if you're not running beadlocks! Yeah, and everything you own needs a Hemi. Why is there such a mad craze for beadlocks? Do you have beadlocks?

The truth is that beadlocks are a really nice addition to a vehicle that needs beadlocked wheels, but for pavement-pounding daily drivers, beadlocks might very well be overkill.

If you're blasting through the desert and taking hard turns at speed, you could benefit from beadlocks. Has your outside bead lip ever pulled off the wheel and left you with a flat tire? If so, you could probably use some beadlocks.

Do you drive a Super Duty on 20s and think beadlocks would look cool? Don't waste your time and money. Beadlocks require constant attention. You'll regret it the first time it takes you three hours to change tires.

To get the real dirt on beadlocks, we paid a visit to OMF in Riverside, California. "Bones" gave us the 50-cent tour and showed us why the company has earned the reputation it has. OMF Performance, which started out as Orchard's Metal Fabrication years ago, still builds some skidplates and other parts for ATVs and UTVs but dedicates the main chunk of its facility to dealing with beadlock wheels 6-18 inches in size. We got a quick look into what it takes to make a badass beadlock wheel.

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