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Nuts & Bolts: Hummer Beadlock Inserts

Posted in How To: Wheels Tires on August 10, 2016 Comment (0)
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Try as I may, I can't seem to find a place that sells sleeves for 16.5-inch Hummer 24-bolt wheels. I like what I've read concerning rubber over magnesium sleeves for the "give" factor. And I will probably have the rims recentered down the road, but for now I'd just like to know who in the world sells the sleeves. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Greg C.

Via nuts@4wheeloffroad.com

Rubber and magnesium run-flats for H1 beadlocks are available, but they can be difficult to find. We agree that the rubber inserts are probably better for off-road use, but the trouble is that run-flats don’t work very well with aired-down tires. It doesn’t take much give in the tire before it reaches the run-flat, and prolonged low-pressure use can actually damage the tires. Remember that the run-flats were designed for combat so that soldiers could still drive the Hummer in the event one or more tires were shot out; tire longevity wasn’t really a concern. People have successfully cut down military rubber inserts, but this is kind of a pain and more than a little messy. If you’re having trouble finding Hummer beadlock inserts in your area, check out Trail Worthy Fab (trailworthyfab.com), which makes PVC inserts that retain the double-beadlock functionality of the wheels without the drawbacks of the military run-flats. The inserts are also much lighter. The company also carries quite a few other Hummer wheel parts, including the rubber seals, lock rings, flange nuts, and more. If you’re dead set on running a set of rubber inserts, the company can probably assist you in finding some as well.

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