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GCM 2
04-20-2013, 03:47 AM
For those of you running the ATX Slabs Beadlock wheel, you are riding on some pretty beefy wheels. They are not indestructible, but pretty darn close, Slabs can handle some really serious abuse and have been the best professional grade race wheel i have run to date. Over the last six months I have managed to break 4 allen head bolts on one beadlock ring (the driver front). Maybe it was a lack of maintenance and not doing a thorough torque check, maybe it was the King of the Hammers pre-run flop over, maybe a combo of both. Anyway, I had been through this before with other makes of beadlocks and the typical fix to removing a broken bolt was to drill a pilot hole into the remaining bolt shaft still in the wheel, then use an extracting bit screwed into the pilot hole to grab and reverse out the remaining bolt. Great in theory, rarely good (or easy) in application. ATX Slabs have a design feature that differs from others makes of beadlocks, their ring bolts screw not only into an insert in the wheel like all other makes of beadlocks, but the bolt then passes through the insert and is visible on the inside dish of the wheel. This design feature is what really helped to make the repair of my four broken bolts super easy.
1) I removed my wheel to air down completely and then remove the beadlock ring. I did this because I wanted to see how much broken bolt was still sticking out on the outside of the rim. Actually there was no need to remove beadlock ring, all following steps can be done with wheel on vehicle and air in tire.
2) Grabbed the remaining bolt with pliers and turn it in the direction to force it to thread towards the inside of the rim
3) Remove broken bolt and throw away
4) Replace with new bolt.
5) Check torque on the remaining beadlock allen bolts.

MTG
04-20-2013, 03:55 AM
Very nice! I hope I do not break a bolt any time soon, but if I do, I hope it's in a place where I can do this easy fix. :thumb:

Jkzinger
04-20-2013, 12:29 PM
Thanks so much for the tip! Sounds like only a matter of time before I break one!

Notajerryskid
04-20-2013, 12:36 PM
I was wondering if the slabs broke bolts. I guess every brand of beadlock breaks bolts. :(

bdmckenna
04-20-2013, 12:45 PM
Good to know Greg. I am going to have to do what Eddie did so I can run 20's. I just wish the wheels didn't weigh 67 lbs each.

GCM 2
04-20-2013, 01:28 PM
I was wondering if the slabs broke bolts. I guess every brand of beadlock breaks bolts. :(

You know I'm not sure how many others with Slabs have broken bolts, but I'm really leaning towards it being solely my fault. I think I have just been lazy about checking the bolt's tightness and they had backed out enough to catch on a rock face and snap. I was just really happy to be able to remove the broken bolt shafts so darn easy :yup:

Skid_Kid
04-20-2013, 01:35 PM
You know I'm not sure how many others with Slabs have broken bolts, but I'm really leaning towards it being solely my fault. I think I have just been lazy about checking the bolt's tightness and they had backed out enough to catch on a rock face and snap. I was just really happy to be able to remove the broken bolt shafts so darn easy :yup:

So whenever I get the funds to get my lift and tires, I should something like a monthly torque check on the bolts?

GCM 2
04-20-2013, 01:46 PM
.....something like a monthly torque check on the bolts?

Typically that's more than enough of a torque check schedule if you are just daily driving around town. I usually do it after a weekend of aired down, hard trail runs, along with all my lug nuts too.

Skid_Kid
04-20-2013, 01:49 PM
Typically that's more than enough of a torque check schedule if you are just daily driving around town. I usually do it after a weekend of aired down, hard trail runs, along with all my lug nuts too.

Good to know! Thanks Greg!

rtguy1
04-20-2013, 02:37 PM
Great job. The slabs look better and better. I've been considering trailready wheels since they are USA made but these slabs just rock, literally.

ProtocolJK
04-20-2013, 03:33 PM
Thanks for the tip! When I get my slabs, it is good to know how easy it is to remove a broken bolt, should I break one.

paychex.308
04-20-2013, 03:46 PM
very nice bit of info. one would almost think it would have been a bit more difficult to replace.

andrew -

Strainger
04-20-2013, 05:20 PM
Excellent info. Especially for a relatively inexperienced Jeeper with no mechanical ability like me. Were the replacement bolts hard to find?

GCM 2
04-20-2013, 10:27 PM
.......Were the replacement bolts hard to find?

Absolutely not hard at all, I pulled one from my wheel and brought it along with me to Home Depot to match it up. It's very common, officialy known as a "cap screw" 3/8"x 1 1/2" in size. Make sure to buy the ones that are stainless steel. Practically any hardware store will carry them :thumb:

Strainger
04-21-2013, 02:44 AM
Absolutely not hard at all, I pulled one from my wheel and brought it along with me to Home Depot to match it up. It's very common, officialy known as a "cap screw" 3/8"x 1 1/2" in size. Make sure to buy the ones that are stainless steel. Practically any hardware store will carry them :thumb:

Got it. Thanks, Partner. :beer::thumb:

undergroundjk
04-21-2013, 02:58 AM
Typically SHCS, or 'socket-head cap screw'. Family was in the fastener biz.


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JeepFan
05-05-2013, 01:44 AM
Glad I found this info. It may come in handy someday. Thanks GCM2

GCM 2
05-05-2013, 01:50 AM
Glad I found this info. It may come in handy someday. Thanks GCM2

No problem! But if you just check the bolts occasionally, you should never have to use this tip :icon_crazy:

JeepFan
05-05-2013, 02:04 AM
Great advice! This morning during a routine tire rotation I completely aired down the tires and torqued all the bolts. I'm amazed at home much abuse Atx wheels can take. Thanks for reminding us that proper maintenance will go a long way in keeping them together.

Moochie
05-05-2013, 03:35 AM
I've had my Slabs for over 2 years and so far, no broken bolts.

Jester116th
07-17-2015, 02:33 AM
What if they have rust or the torque is just to much that your method won't work?

Suprchrgd_rubi
08-23-2015, 04:20 PM
What's the difference in the slabs vs chamber pro II?

cozdude
08-23-2015, 04:25 PM
What's the difference in the slabs vs chamber pro II?

The look and the backspacing. As far as the ring and bolts go, nothing is different.

Suprchrgd_rubi
08-23-2015, 07:27 PM
The look and the backspacing. As far as the ring and bolts go, nothing is different.

Which one has more back spacing or is the better one to go with?

cozdude
08-23-2015, 07:30 PM
Which one has more back spacing or is the better one to go with?

slas have 3.5" of BS and the chamber pros have 4" of BS. as far as which is better to go with it depends on what suspension you run, tire size, and state laws. for me I went with the chamber pros. I can still run a 37/13.5 tire on it with my, soon to be installed, coilovers and I will just barely be able to pass my inspection in PA.

Suprchrgd_rubi
08-24-2015, 05:01 AM
slas have 3.5" of BS and the chamber pros have 4" of BS. as far as which is better to go with it depends on what suspension you run, tire size, and state laws. for me I went with the chamber pros. I can still run a 37/13.5 tire on it with my, soon to be installed, coilovers and I will just barely be able to pass my inspection in PA.

Maybe I will go with the pro it will be on a DD with 35" tires and a metal cloak 3.5 lift. Haven't done anything to it yet I want to make sure I get all my research done. Thank you