Mounting Our Tires To Beadlocks In The Garage
It's not that local tire stores are bad places; it's just that sometimes they don't keep the wheels and tires you want in stock. But what if you could order the wheels from anywhere you wanted and the tires from whoever had them at the best price and then mount them yourself in your very own garage? That's exactly what we did! First we made a call to American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) to get a smokin' deal on five 17x8.5 argent Pintler wheels with beadlocks. They come complete with center caps, all the beadlock hardware, and a full lifetime structural warranty. Then we made a call to Tire Rack for five 35x12.50R17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrain KM2 tires. And once everything was delivered to our front door we rallied to the garage like a herd of fat girls to a doughnut shop to spin wrenches and mount some rolling stock.
Is That Really All?
Well, yes and no. We haven't balanced our mud tires in years. In most cases it's a waste of time if you go off-road frequently. The tread wears much more unevenly when spinning your rubber in dirt, mud, sand, and rock. Constantly balancing the tires after every outing is a nuisance. We didn't balance these wheels and tires and they rolled smooth from day one. And after nearly 10,000 miles on- and off-road they still do. If for some reason you need your rubber balanced you'll have to hit up a local tire store that can handle larger tires. Or maybe find a tire and wheel combo that Tire Rack can ship you already mounted and balanced.