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    Trail Ready Beadlock Wheels Installation Write-Up



    Cindy and I recently installed an all new Dynatrac XD60 front axle in a 72.5" with PRO 1550 steering knuckles but to take advantage of all the benefits this new setup has to offer, we needed to run 40" tires mounted on wheels that have 5.5" of back spacing. Needless to say, we picked up a set of Cooper Discoverer STT Pros in a 40x13.50R17 and decided to run them on Trail Ready Beadlock wheels which are offered in an 8 lug bolt pattern and with the 5.5" of back spacing we needed. In this short write-up, you'll get to see just how easy it is to get everything installed and using basic tools.

    What you will get
    • Trail Ready Wheel
    • Aluminum Clamp Ring
    • (20) 1-1/4” 5/16” grade 8 bolts
    • (20) Plated 5/16” Washers
    • (20) Serrated flange nuts
    • (4) silver starter bolts
    • (1) Valve stem

    NOTE: Depending on the thickness of your tires bead, you may find it necessary to acquire additional 3/16” Beadlock Spacers that Trail Ready makes.

    What you will need
    • ½” Socket
    • Ratchet
    • Torque Wrench
    • Deadblow Hammer
    • Valve Stem Install Tool
    • (2) Dull Pry Bars or Large Flathead Screwdrivers
    • Ruglyde or Simple Green
    • Air Compressor or Pump
    • Pressure Gauge
    • 5 Gallon Bucket

    Instructions
    1. Lay your tire flat on the ground and apply some Ruglyde, Simple Green or soapy water to the bead.


    2. Push the open face of your Trail Ready beadlock wheel into the opening of the tire and so that as much of it is in as possible and where the bead of the tire is pressing up against the center of the wheel. Stand on top of your tire and pound the edge of your wheel with the heal of your foot until the entire wheel drops into the opening.


    3. Place your Trail Ready wheel and tire on top of a 5 gallon bucket as shown so that your tire is suspended in the air. This will help make it a lot easier to set your bead on the open face and complete the installation of the beadlock ring.


    4. Using a small pry bar and/or a large flathead screwdriver, slowly work around your Trail Ready beadlock wheel carefully prying the bead of your tire onto the mounting lip as shown.


    5. Once the bead is completely seated along the inside lip of your Trail Ready beadlock wheel, strike the edge of the bead with a deadblow hammer to help ensure it's completely seated.


    6. Depending on how thick the bead of your tire is, you may find it necessary to install additional 3/16” Beadlock Spacers that Trail Ready makes. If it is necessary for you to use them, place them on the mounting surface now.


    7. Place your Trail Ready beadlock ring on top of the mounting surface of the wheel and position it so that the mounting holes are aligned.


    8. Install the 4 longer starter bolts opposite each other and in a 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock orientation.


    9. Using a 1/2" socket, slowly tighten the 4 bolts in a crisscross pattern until you can install the remaining bolts.


    10. Remove the starter bolts, replace them with the shorter bolts and then lightly tighten all the bolts down in a star pattern. As you can see here, I used an electric ratchet to speed things along but you'll want to make sure that you do NOT over tighten your bolts.


    11. Slowly work your way around the beadlock ring and tighten all the bolts to 20 ft. lbs. of torque. When completely installed, there shouldn't be any gap between the beadlock ring and wheel.


    12. Install your valve stem core and tighten it in place with a valve stem tool.


    13. Standing to the side of your tire for safety, use an air compressor to inflate your tire until the bead of your tire is set on the back sideof the Trail Ready beadlock wheel and proper operating PSI is obtained.


    Here's what your Trail Ready beadlock wheel will look like installed on your tire.


    That's all there is to it. I hope this write-up has been helpful to you.

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    This helps tremendously. I just ordered some Raceline beadlocks and the shop I work for pretty much told me I'm on my own with mounting them. Thanks for the write up!


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    Nice! Great write up


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    Quote Originally Posted by RESURECTIONJK View Post
    This helps tremendously. I just ordered some Raceline beadlocks and the shop I work for pretty much told me I'm on my own with mounting them. Thanks for the write up!
    Glad to hear my write-up will be a help to you

    Quote Originally Posted by TrainWreck618 View Post
    Nice! Great write up
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Glad to hear my write-up will be a help to you



    Thanks
    Do you find the Trail Ready Beadlocks are easier to mount compared to the ATX Slabs? The process seems very similar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpack14 View Post
    Do you find the Trail Ready Beadlocks are easier to mount compared to the ATX Slabs? The process seems very similar.
    Oh, without question the Trail Ready's are so much easier and faster to install if only because they use regular bolts. Using a 12-point socket, you're pretty much on every bolt without even thinking about it. Getting an allen socket in and out of every bolt can be a bit tedious and will slow you down quite a bit. Also, the Trail Ready spacers help eat up a lot of the distance you need to wrench. Of course, the Slab do have much thicker rings and bigger bolts that do require a higher torque setting too. In other words, more wrenching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Oh, without question the Trail Ready's are so much easier and faster to install if only because they use regular bolts. Using a 12-point socket, you're pretty much on every bolt without even thinking about it. Getting an allen socket in and out of every bolt can be a bit tedious and will slow you down quite a bit. Also, the Trail Ready spacers help eat up a lot of the distance you need to wrench. Of course, the Slab do have much thicker rings and bigger bolts that do require a higher torque setting too. In other words, more wrenching.
    Awesome, thanks for the info!


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    Thanks for the write up. Just curious what the wheel set weighed?


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    Great write up.... thanks for posting


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