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wayoflife
03-14-2018, 02:25 AM
It's hard to image there was once a time when 33" tires were considered to be BIG, especially when the all new Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicons come with them standard and right from the factory. In fact, when it came time for Cindy and I to start thinking about building up JET Li, it was pretty easy for us to skip 35's and go straight to a set of 37x13.50R17 Cooper Discoverer STT Pros. As far as wheels go, we pretty much always run beadlocks and we were really happy to see that KMC had just come out with their all new XD231 Robby Gordon Race wheels. As luck would have it, they are made in a 17x8.5, come with a nice 4.75" of back spacing, are available in a 5x5 bolt pattern and even have mounting holes that will fit the larger 14mm studs that now come on the JL Wrangler. In this episode of the JL JOURNAL, you'll get to see what it takes to install these beadlock wheels and tires. We hope you find this video to be helpful and informative and we thank you for watching.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az4Ndop49Kg

To see a written version of this installation write-up complete with detailed photos, please click on the link below:
KMC XD231 RG Beadlock Wheel & Cooper STT Pro Installation Write-Up (https://wayalife.com/showthread.php/52465-WRITE-UP-KMC-XD231-RG-Beadlock-Wheels-amp-Cooper-STT-Pro-INSTALLATION)

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notnalc68
03-14-2018, 02:34 AM
Way cool, as they said back in my day!


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wayoflife
03-14-2018, 02:45 AM
Way cool, as they said back in my day!

Thanks! Glad you liked it :)

OverlanderJK
03-14-2018, 02:55 AM
Good video! I still love the look of the stock JL with 37ís.


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jeeeep
03-14-2018, 02:57 AM
perfect timing! just the motivation I needed to get working on my STT's, Machete combo.

I've been somewhat dreading tackling beadlocks again but boxed up wheels and those STT's take up a lot of space! lo

Thanks for posting this, I almost forgot the TPSM Sensors!

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 02:58 AM
Good video! I still love the look of the stock JL with 37ís.


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It really is a nice look.

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 03:00 AM
perfect timing! just the motivation I needed to get working on my STT's, Machete combo.

I've been somewhat dreading tackling beadlocks again but boxed up wheels and those STT's take up a lot of space! lol

LOL!! Get on it :thumb:

Chrismendoza10
03-14-2018, 03:10 AM
Great video, learned alot

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sipafz
03-14-2018, 03:11 AM
Looks really good! Hard to believe that 2 1/2Ē is all you need to clear 37ís at full flex. You make mounting tires look pretty easy! Good job!

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 03:11 AM
Great video, learned alot

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Glad to hear it :cool:

MTG
03-14-2018, 03:12 AM
In fact, when it came time for Cindy and I to start thinking about building up JET Li,

This cracked me up. As if SO much time has passed since you've had JET Li or even since you've ordered it. :crazy eyes:

I do like those wheels. :thumb:

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 03:15 AM
Looks really good! Hard to believe that 2 1/2Ē is all you need to clear 37ís at full flex. You make mounting tires look pretty easy! Good job!

Actually, we did a flex test and found some points in the rear that had some rubbing of the fender liner. We've since addressed them and we'll be posting up a video of all this soon :)

RockingK
03-14-2018, 03:24 AM
Great video, I feel like Iím getting to be part of this. Just mounted up the 38ís, my first bead lock and you made it look easy😳. The first was the hardest but I wish I had seen this video first:thumb:

TrailHunter
03-14-2018, 03:28 AM
Man, I can't wait to see that Jeep Crawl through the Rocks.... :driving:

notnalc68
03-14-2018, 03:31 AM
Jeep really got a lot of things right on the JL. Heck, if you just drove on pavement, you could probably get by without a lift, and it looks like 35ís would fit very easily.


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Dale72
03-14-2018, 03:41 AM
Great video as always. Eddie when you get a chance can you what weight is on the JL

Ortiz73ca
03-14-2018, 03:52 AM
Awesome look with those wheels and 37ís canít wait to see it after you lift it.

LeighP
03-14-2018, 03:58 AM
Looks terrific....great looking wheels.
Personally, I'd be tempted to use anti-sieze on the ring bolts.......is there some issue with doing that? I've not used bead locks before.

Faazzie
03-14-2018, 12:27 PM
Morning,
Great detailed video on assembling your beadlocks, wish I had a shop like yours.
so my question is what is the main advantage for using beadlock rims? is it because they hold up better when you air the tires down?

On my 2012 Ruby I have a 2.5" AEV lift and run 35" Terra Grappler G2 with 18" XD rims. Living on the east coast i dont have "rocks" to climb over and very seldom air down my tires.
I have noticed that I have allot of space from my lift and could possibly fit a 37" tire and may swap out my rims too. Just not sure if i would benefit from using beadlocks.

Keep those Vids coming, enjoy watching them. Maybe I'll venture out west and see what REAL Jeeping is like.
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Cheers....
Mike

Damtall55
03-14-2018, 01:14 PM
Eddie, you are having way too much fun with JetLi!! LOL Is it safe to say that this is slowly becoming your favorite? Just curious!!

Big Mike

Andy5160
03-14-2018, 01:44 PM
As always great job guys and definitely very educational video.:thumb:

SJ21XDC
03-14-2018, 02:22 PM
Thank for sharing! Another helpful video! :thumb:

Brute
03-14-2018, 03:04 PM
Looking good!...

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 03:31 PM
Great video, I feel like Iím getting to be part of this. Just mounted up the 38ís, my first bead lock and you made it look easy😳. The first was the hardest but I wish I had seen this video first:thumb:

LOL!! Trust me, you'll be doing it again someday and it'll be easier the next time around. :cool:


Man, I can't wait to see that Jeep Crawl through the Rocks.... :driving:

Hope to get some videos of this up sooner than later :yup:


Jeep really got a lot of things right on the JL. Heck, if you just drove on pavement, you could probably get by without a lift, and it looks like 35ís would fit very easily.

Yes, they really did :yup:


Great video as always. Eddie when you get a chance can you what weight is on the JL

Sorry, not sure what it is that you're wanting me to weigh.


Awesome look with those wheels and 37ís canít wait to see it after you lift it.

Pics coming today :cool:


Looks terrific....great looking wheels.
Personally, I'd be tempted to use anti-sieze on the ring bolts.......is there some issue with doing that? I've not used bead locks before.

It's just how I've always done it. Torque specs are different dry or wet.


Morning,
Great detailed video on assembling your beadlocks, wish I had a shop like yours.
so my question is what is the main advantage for using beadlock rims? is it because they hold up better when you air the tires down?

On my 2012 Ruby I have a 2.5" AEV lift and run 35" Terra Grappler G2 with 18" XD rims. Living on the east coast i dont have "rocks" to climb over and very seldom air down my tires.
I have noticed that I have allot of space from my lift and could possibly fit a 37" tire and may swap out my rims too. Just not sure if i would benefit from using beadlocks.

Keep those Vids coming, enjoy watching them. Maybe I'll venture out west and see what REAL Jeeping is like.
Cheers....
Mike

For someone like you, there is no advantage. I would just run regular wheels. If you air down really low and play on hard terrain, that's where beadlocks are nice to have.

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 03:32 PM
Eddie, you are having way too much fun with JetLi!! LOL Is it safe to say that this is slowly becoming your favorite? Just curious!!

Big Mike

LOL!! It's just the newest toy so it's the most fun to play with right now. :D


As always great job guys and definitely very educational video.:thumb:

Thanks, glad to hear it :)


Thank for sharing! Another helpful video! :thumb:

Awesome, so glad to hear it was helpful to you :)


Looking good!...

Thank you :)

jeffj
03-14-2018, 03:36 PM
Nice video! You made it look easy, It seems to always kick may ass by the time im done. They really do look awesome, I love those wheels.

benatc1
03-14-2018, 03:48 PM
Great video, very informative and will be used by many Iím sure!!


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Maniacal
03-14-2018, 03:52 PM
Great video!

longarmwj
03-14-2018, 03:55 PM
Thanks for taking the time to make such educational videos. The amount of info I've learned since I've been here is astounding. :thumb:

TOPLESS
03-14-2018, 04:08 PM
Great video! Love the look of the wheels!

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 04:30 PM
Nice video! You made it look easy, It seems to always kick may ass by the time im done. They really do look awesome, I love those wheels.

Oh, my ass was kicked when all was said and done 🤪


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wayoflife
03-14-2018, 04:32 PM
Great video, very informative and will be used by many Iím sure!!



Great video!

Thanks [emoji41]


Thanks for taking the time to make such educational videos. The amount of info I've learned since I've been here is astounding. :thumb:

Thatís awesome, glad to hear it.


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wayoflife
03-14-2018, 04:32 PM
Great video! Love the look of the wheels!

Thanks - I think KMC did a real nice job with this wheel.


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Gudlife
03-14-2018, 04:40 PM
Very informative video, thx!


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DannyD
03-14-2018, 05:02 PM
Great video it's a great look on 37s!


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wayoflife
03-14-2018, 07:01 PM
Very informative video, thx!


Great video it's a great look on 37s!

Thanks guys, glad to hear you found the video useful [emoji41]


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Edwrds
03-14-2018, 07:06 PM
Great video you make it look so easy


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Dale72
03-14-2018, 09:00 PM
LOL!! Trust me, you'll be doing it again someday and it'll be easier the next time around. :cool:



Hope to get some videos of this up sooner than later :yup:



Yes, they really did :yup:



Sorry, not sure what it is that you're wanting me to weigh.



Pics coming today :cool:



It's just how I've always done it. Torque specs are different dry or wet.



For someone like you, there is no advantage. I would just run regular wheels. If you air down really low and play on hard terrain, that's where beadlocks are nice to have.
The sticker on the inside of the driver's door has a weight of the Jeep from the factory

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Dale72
03-14-2018, 09:10 PM
Bottom right corner of the door frame

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DeJkUnlimited
03-14-2018, 09:23 PM
Thanks for taking the time to make such educational videos. The amount of info I've learned since I've been here is astounding. :thumb:

^^ This!! Same goes for me.

AZVAJKU
03-14-2018, 09:42 PM
Oh, my ass was kicked when all was said and done 🤪


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You are not kidding!! I did my 40 Nittos on Machetes last week and I am still sore!

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 10:08 PM
Great video you make it look so easy

LOL!! For the most part, beadlocks are more tedious than they are difficult to install.


The sticker on the inside of the driver's door has a weight of the Jeep from the factory


Bottom right corner of the door frame

Sorry, wasn't sure what you were asking for earlier. This should help :)

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Rocralr
03-14-2018, 10:23 PM
They look great. When does the lift go on??

wayoflife
03-14-2018, 10:27 PM
They look great. When does the lift go on??

It's already on. Working on a post with pics now :)

Dale72
03-14-2018, 10:42 PM
LOL!! For the most part, beadlocks are more tedious than they are difficult to install.





Sorry, wasn't sure what you were asking for earlier. This should help :)

296359
Thanks

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ninemmbill
03-14-2018, 10:56 PM
Great looking wheel and tire setup.

After checking out these wheels at the KMC booth and the Mint 400, these are going to be my next wheels as well.

Brute
03-15-2018, 11:06 PM
I have a question...I've always rechecked the torque on my bead lock rings while still on the Jeep with all the weight on the tires...it didn't occur to me to take the weight off the tires...should I?

wayoflife
03-15-2018, 11:14 PM
I have a question...I've always rechecked the torque on my bead lock rings while still on the Jeep with all the weight on the tires...it didn't occur to me to take the weight off the tires...should I?

You're supposed to and depending on what beadlock you're working with, I would. On something like an ATX or KMC beadlock which have big bolts and really thick rings, I may not be as concerned but on anything thinner, it just takes one bolt to break to get more breaking too. It's like a zipper and it can be frightening.

aggrex
03-16-2018, 01:30 PM
Great choice in wheels and tires! Awesome DIY beadlock tutorial. Didn't take long to move up to 37s....just went to the top of the class.

mud2moab
03-16-2018, 01:58 PM
Here in Webster ,Texas I get a lot of grief from the local (LEO'S) over my bead locks, they claim that there are no DOT approved bead locks on the market. Do you not have that issue?
Here on the TEXAS coast every bolt installed gets some antisieze, you know incase you want to ever remove it again.
Thanks for the great videos.

Exodus Jeeps
03-16-2018, 05:30 PM
Here in Webster ,Texas I get a lot of grief from the local (LEO'S) over my bead locks, they claim that there are no DOT approved bead locks on the market. Do you not have that issue?
Here on the TEXAS coast every bolt installed gets some antisieze, you know incase you want to ever remove it again.
Thanks for the great videos.

BAD and Hutchinson are DOT approved. Never met a LEO that knew the difference really, but then again by the time I start talking theyíve probably forgotten about the wheels and are more interested in tasing me.


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longarmwj
03-16-2018, 06:11 PM
BAD and Hutchinson are DOT approved. Never met a LEO that knew the difference really, but then again by the time I start talking theyíve probably forgotten about the wheels and are more interested in tasing me.


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wayoflife
03-16-2018, 06:48 PM
Great choice in wheels and tires! Awesome DIY beadlock tutorial. Didn't take long to move up to 37s....just went to the top of the class.

Thanks! Glad you like the wheels and tires and the video :cool:


Here in Webster ,Texas I get a lot of grief from the local (LEO'S) over my bead locks, they claim that there are no DOT approved bead locks on the market. Do you not have that issue?
Here on the TEXAS coast every bolt installed gets some antisieze, you know incase you want to ever remove it again.
Thanks for the great videos.

Well that sucks. Even back when we still lived in Kalifornia, we never had any problems. Out here in Nevada, it's the wild west. :yup:


BAD and Hutchinson are DOT approved. Never met a LEO that knew the difference really, but then again by the time I start talking theyíve probably forgotten about the wheels and are more interested in tasing me.

:shock: :cheesy: :D

Bear_JKU
03-16-2018, 07:29 PM
BAD and Hutchinson are DOT approved. Never met a LEO that knew the difference really, but then again by the time I start talking theyíve probably forgotten about the wheels and are more interested in tasing me.


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LMAO!!! From Exodus Jeeps to Exodus Christmas tree!

Awesome wheels and tires Eddie and Cindy!!!


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blacker1
03-16-2018, 10:11 PM
That looks awesome!