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Posted in How To on April 1, 2013
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Author: Jaime Hernandez Photos: Courtesy of Manufacturers

Rolling into 2013 are new and improved wheels for the Dirt Sports Nation. From competition beadlocks to aggressive street designs, engineers keep pushing designs, looks and performance of the latest crop of wheels. In addition to dirt and rock race wheels, this year we also see race-inspired designs making their way to the street with truck, Jeep and SUV applications. Another trend is the increase in serious UTV beadlock wheels, ripe for competition and use on the track. With numerous UTV races and plenty of serious UTVs available straight from the showroom floor, it’s no surprise some of the biggest names in off-road wheels are taking their proven designs into the side-by-side arena. To help you find the right wheels for your vehicle, Dirt Sports has compiled the guide to the latest offerings for 2013. Many are tried and tested in competition and this collection of wheels is well suited for your racecar, UTV, play car, tow rig or even daily driver. Let’s get rolling.

B.A.D. Wheels Eklipse 17 The Eklipse 17 from B.A.D. Wheels merges a traditional six-spoke design with a unique DOT compliant internal Bead Assist Device (B.A.D.). By placing the clamping device inside the air chamber, the beadlock interface is maintenance-free and no longer vulnerable to damage from rocks and other obstacles. Robust proportions fortify the high-pressure casting, and reinforce critical areas such as the bead flanges. Made in the USA, it is available in a 17x10-inch size for popular lug patterns.
B.A.D. Wheels Inc. (864) 491-0438 www.badwheelsinc.com

BAD Wheels Eklipse 17 300x287 Photo 68808243 The B.A.D. system provides room on the outside for Sacrificial Rock Rings to ward off collateral damage along with a unique internal beadlock.

American Racing ATX Series AX756 American Racing’s Ultra4 race-proven ATX Series AX756 five-spoke beadlock wheel is cast from A356-T6 aluminum and features an inner bead reinforcement that substantially strengthens the wheel. The ring is attached using Grade 8 zinc-plated 3/8-inch sockethead hardware that mounts flush with the ring, helping minimize rock rash. Each beadlock hole features a mounting insert that allows for thread replacement if they become damaged. The AX756 is available in satin black with a machined finished beadlock ring and 15x9- and 17x9-inch sizes.
American Racing ATX Series www.ATXWheels.com

ATX AX756 Wheel 300x300 Photo 68808273 American Racing’s AX756 beadlock wheel features 3/4-inch billet 6061 T6 aluminum rings and vertical ribbing to keep the tire from slipping under extreme conditions.

Dick Cepek Torque Gun Metal The Dick Cepek Torque Gun Metal wheel was designed for newer trucks and SUVs that require a higher offset, additional brake caliper clearance and the ability to use the factory Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS). Available in popular 16x8- and 17x8.5-inch sizes, the Torque Gun Metal features a unique, smooth, gun metal gray metallic finish with a tough clear coat for superior durability and ease of care even in the harshest climates. The Torque Gun Metal wheel is the perfect choice for the truck owner who wants to combine excellent style with superior durability.
Dick Cepek (330) 928-9092 www.dickcepek.com

Dick Cepek Gun Metal 300x300 Photo 68808246 The Dick Cepek Torque Gun Metal wheel features a rugged machined outer lip and matching non-corrosive center cap for the ultimate in style.

DWT Diablo Beadlock DWT’s latest Diablo UTV wheel design is now available in a beadlock. With the same commitment and technology behind the successful AlumiLite line, DWT LiteCast wheels are a product of tireless research, design innovation, testing and development. The Diablo beadlock features cast aluminum construction for strength and durability. Each wheel is rated at 1,000 lbs. and they are available in 12x7-, 14x6- and 14x8-inch sizes.
Douglas Wheel (DWT) (800) RACE-RIM www.dwtracing.com

DWT Diablo Beadlock 300x261 Photo 68808279 DWT LiteCast wheels are available in either a machined or black finish.

KMC Wheels XD Series XD125 KMC Wheels latest addition to the XD Series is the XD125. The XD Series Enduro is the street version of the race wheel used by top Trophy-Truck and short-course racers including Bryce Menzies, Ricky Johnson, Cameron Steele, Andy McMillin and Camburg Racing. Available in a matte black or machined finish, the XD Series Enduro comes in a variety of 5-, 6- and 8-lug applications to fit Jeeps, trucks or SUVs and is available in 17x9-, 18x9- and 20x9-inch sizes.
KMC Wheels www.kmcwheels.com

KMC XD Series Wheels 300x300 Photo 68808309 KMC’s new street wheel has the beadlock look, minus the maintenance.

Method Race Wheels NV MR305 Method Race Wheels introduces the NV Street Loc wheel. Replicating their new Trophy-Truck beadlock wheel, Method uses data collected from years of racing experience and incorporated it into the development of this full-face wheel. Sizes range from 16- to 20-inch, with applications and fitments for Jeeps, trucks and SUVs.
Method Race Wheels (866) 779-8604 www.methodracewheels.com

Method NV MR305 Wheel 300x300 Photo 68808282 The MR305 NV is available in all black and black/machined face finish.

OMF Performance Rock Lite & Rock Lite XP Beadlock OMF Performance takes beadlock technology to the next level with their Rock Lite and Rock Lite XP (Xtra-Protection) beadlock rings. It is manufactured with all of the normal features of an OMF beadlock including replaceable threaded steel inserts and aircraft grade artificially aged and heat-treated 6061-T6 aluminum. What separates the Rock Lite & Rock Lite XP beadlock is its custom features and versatility, making these wheels ideal for rock crawling or rock racing. Both are available in sizes from 15- to 20-inches.
OMF Performance (951) 354-8272 www.omfperformance.com

OMF Performance Black Rock 300x201 Photo 68808315 The outer clamp ring is manufactured from 33 percent thicker material, adding strength to the beadlock and allowing OMF to recess the bolt heads completely to minimize damage.

Method Race Wheels MR401 UTV Beadlock With UTV race domination in their sights, Method Race Wheels introduces the MR401 beadlock. Using their racing experience and the latest in casting technology, Method has designed a wheel that meets the specific demands of UTV race vehicles. With a 1,600-lb. load rating, these wheels are tough enough for all forms of UTV racing. A host of popular applications are available with sizes ranging from 12- to 15-inches.
Method Race Wheels (866) 779-8604 www.methodracewheels.com

Method Race Wheels MR401 UTV Beadlock 300x272 Photo 68808285 Now your UTV wheels can match your Trophy-Truck or buggy with Method’s durable cast wheels.

Pro Comp La Paz Pro Comp’s newest wheel, the La Paz, is inspired by the design used by Pro Comp’s race teams in both desert and short-course off-road racing. The outside bead surface is extra thick for added protection off-road, yet it is street legal. The La Paz can be ordered with a complete satin black finish or in satin black with a machined outer lip. It is available in 16- and 17-inch diameters for most popular light trucks, Jeeps and SUVs.
Pro Comp (800) 776-0767 www.ProCompUSA.com

ProComp LaPaz 300x300 Photo 68808318 Pro Comp’s new race inspired wheel features a super strong split five-spoke design with realistic beadlock styling.

Raceline Forged Heavy-Duty Beadlock Raceline Wheels continues to make its mark with competition beadlocks. Designed from the ground up to be a super strong aluminum wheel, it features a heavy-duty bolt beadlock system, wheel lip and center section. Raceline heavy-duty beadlock wheels have a proven record in desert, short-course and rock motorsports. They are available in Monster, Revolver and Renegade styles with sizes ranging from 15- to 20-inch. With multiple bolt patterns and applications available, they are proudly made in the USA.
Raceline Wheels (800) 529-4335 www.racelinewheels.com

Raceline Heavy Duty Forged Beadlock 300x300 Photo 68808321 Raceline uses up to 40 Grade 8 5/16 bolts to clamp the tire to the wheel.

ProAm Racing Products Forged Wheels ProAm Racing Products has added some new sizes to their arsenal of race proven wheels including a 17x8.5 with a 6-inch offset and a 5-on-205mm bolt pattern. While designing this wheel, ProAm kept in mind the racers needs of larger brakes, so it allows the use of 14-inch rotors and large Trophy-Truck style calipers, leaving plenty of clearance. A 17x7-inch wheel is also in the works.
ProAm Racing Products (951) 689-7400 www.proamracing.com

PROAM Racing Wheels 300x225 Photo 68808288 Each ProAm race wheel is forged in the USA from solid ultra high-grade aluminum and machined to exact tolerances.

Walker Evans Racing Beadlock Walker Evans Racing wheels have become well known for their strength and success in off-road racing. These race-proven wheels are made from one-piece, heat-treated, pressure-cast aluminum. Their strength makes them a good choice for trails, rocks, the open desert or racing applications. The UTV beadlocks are available in satin silver, polished finish or custom powdercoat with custom color rings also available.
Walker Evans Racing (888) 933-7223 www.walkerevansracing.com

Walker Evans Raciing Beadlock 300x297 Photo 68808324 The Walker Evans UTV racing beadlock wheels are made with the same technology as their proven truck and buggy wheels.

STI HD Beadlock Wheel STI’s new one-piece alloy HD beadlock features a distinctive “Baja” inspired stepped mod design for your UTV. Its integral-mount beadlock ring is engineered for a simple install and to reduce debris buildup. This unique design reduces both unsprung weight on the trail and cleanup time. Matching low-profile center caps are included with every wheel. Three finish options including bright machined with gloss black accents, full matte black and STI’s exclusive, non-stick, gunmetal gray Slik-Kote. Wheel sizes include 12x7- and 14x7-inch with applications for most popular UTVs.
STI Tire & Wheels (318) 255-0049 www.stitireandwheel.com

STI HD Beadlock Wheel 300x240 Photo 68808291 The STI HD beadlock makes tire mounting simple and adds considerable strength to the outer lip.

ProAm Racing RM2 Raptor Beadlock ProAm Racing Product’s RM2 forged Raptor beadlocks are made to fit Ford SVT Raptors or 2WD and 4WD F-150s. The RM2 starts from a high quality 6061 aluminum spun-forged slug that is heat treated and aged to perfection. Precision CNC-machined, the RM2 is polished and anodized with a durable finish. Available in 17x8.5 with a 4.875-inch backspace, the RM2 is made in the USA and available through ICON Vehicle Dynamics.
ICON Vehicle Dynamics (951) 689-ICON www.iconvehicledynamics.com

PROAM Racing RM2 Raptor Beadlock 300x200 Photo 68808327 ProAm Racing RM2 Raptor beadlock wheels are available with clear or black anodized rings and silver F-911 hardware.

Raceline A71-Mamba Beadlock The A71 Mamba UTV Beadlock is constructed from high-grade aluminum, making it ultra-strong and lightweight. It features a forged billet aluminum outer ring and strengthened inner lip with a 20-bolt beadlock system. The valve stem is strategically located between the wheel spokes for added rock and debris protection. It is available in 12x7- and 14x7-inch sizes with 4x110, 4x115, 4x137 and 4x156 bolt patterns.
Raceline Wheels (800) 529-4335 www.racelinewheels.com

Raceline A71 Mamba Beadlock 300x300 Photo 68808294 The A71-Mamba uses semi counter-sunk beadlock ring bolts to minimize rock damage.

TrailReady HD Series Beadlock TrailReady’s Heavy Duty race wheel is “born as beadlock.” The race-proven one-piece cast aluminum wheel is at home in the desert, short-course and rocks. TR Beadlocks sport a rock solid 3/8-inch thick 6061 T6 billet aluminum clamp ring fastened with Grade 8 hardware, and are available in a standard slim ring, rock ring and World Series ring. Anodized, powdercoated or polished finishes are available. Truck and buggy wheel sizes include 15-, 17- and 20-inch with OEM or racing hub applications, and they are made in the USA.
TR Beadlocks (425) 353-6776 www.trbeadlocks.com

Trailready HD Series Beadlock 300x225 Photo 68808330 TrailReady protects their gold zinc plated 5/16 Grade 8 bolts by counterboring each hole on the ring.

Pro Comp Wheel Series 7036 Pro Comp Alloys are designed using low-pressure-casting technology providing unsurpassed wheel strength, style and value. The new Pro Comp Series 7036 wheels features an aggressive 10-spoke design with a simulated outer beadlock lip and a flat black finish for a hardcore off-road look. The outer lip is also cast with extra material for added bead protection. The Series 7036 is available for most popular late-model applications in 17-, 18- and 20-inch diameters.
Pro Comp (800) 776-0767 www.ProCompUSA.com

Pro Comp Wheel Series 7036 300x280 Photo 68808297 Pro Comp Alloys incorporate a high offset brake clearance for modern trucks and SUVs.

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