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Believe In Bead LocksThe easiest method of keeping a tire seated on the rim is to run a bead lock wheel. Some people simply run wheel screws, but wheel screws are really more for straight line acceleration. Initially used by drag racers to keep the tires from spinning on the rims under hard launches, a wheel screw will hold the bead to the rim, but there is the possibility that the rubber will tear away from the screw, like ripping out a drywall screw from gypsum board. A bead lock rim or the use of internal bead lock rings like those from Staun and Hutchinson are a much more foolproof method. They sandwich the tire beads to the wheel, clamping them in place for use at pressures down to 1 psi.

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