Birddog Wheels: Not Just Another Pretty FacePosted in How To on June 29, 2013 Comment (0)
Dennis Franklin, veteran off-roader and former owner of Franklin's Tire & Suspension in Yuma, Arizona, has a lifetime of experience working on vehicles owned by people who really 'wheel, from the U.S. Border Patrol to recreational trail riders. As current factory and aftermarket wheels aren't designed primarily for off-highway recreational use, Dennis wanted to design and build wheels that addressed the needs of off-roaders. Once his business was sold, he went to work. The good folks at Interco Tire heard about Dennis' new wheel design and wanted to be involved. After all, as Interco Tire makes some of the best off-road tires on the planet, why not build the best off-road wheel, too? Birddog wheels were born.
Birddog wheels feature a self-cleaning design. The smooth surface allows mud and snow to fling out of the wheel. The wheels have easy lug nut access. We don't need special splined lug nuts or thin wall sockets to service Birddog wheels. The Birddogs can use special ET-style lug nuts that make the wheel lug-centric, ensuring it's centered on the axle. The wheels can also use standard tapered lug nuts. A low-pressure bead seat rib helps the tire's bead stay seated, even at low tire pressure. Two valve stems on each wheel ensure that at least one will usually be accessible. A gauge can be attached to one stem while the other is used for airing down or up. The outside raw aluminum abrasion ring with gauge holes is designed to be jammed into rocks, gouged, and abraded. The gauge holes tell us when a gouge is too deep and the wheel has been compromised.
We like Birddog wheels. They look different from other wheels and they address every single problem that we've cursed over the years. The Birddogs are strong (3,000-pound load rating), light, and built for off-roaders. They're not just another pretty face (wheel).