Inner Air Beadlock: AnyWheel AirLockPosted in How To: Wheels Tires on October 1, 2012 Comment (0)
Beadlocks are great for off-road performance, as we’ve told you many times before, but what if you already purchased the perfect-looking wheels for your truck only to realize later that you wish you had beadlocks? You could sell them and purchase beadlocks. You could send them out to be cut and welded for beadlock rims. Or you could make them beadlocks with a simple drill bit and the Inner Air beadlock system.
The Inner Air beadlocks are based on an inner tube design, but the tube doesn’t support the whole tire, just the bead. It goes inside the wheel and a heavy-duty sleeve pushes outward against the inside of the tire when inflated, in effect locking both the inner and outer bead to the inside of the wheel. The system only requires drilling a small hole in the wheel for the inner tube valve stem. Though it takes some care during installation the resulting beadlocks are lightweight and stand up great to off-road abuse.