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    Mounting Beadlocks?? Need some help

    Iím struggling getting the tire over the rim to get started. Iím trying to install new Cooper 37x 13.5 x 17 STT Pros onto new KMC 232 17 x 9 wheels. Canít even get to first base. Iíve tried Eddieís method of jumping/standing on the wheel to get it to go down inside the tire. Doesnít look like itís close to going in. Iíve tried Melís method of slamming the wheel in, I need about 20 more years of experience for that to work. Even tried putting the wheel on the ground and jumping on the tire on all fours, (glad there were no cameras). Itís hard to admit but Iím getting too old for these methods. Has anybody come up with a way to use a jack or high lift to gently force the tire over the wheel? I donít have the guy from the JLX video to help.
    Iíve beat on it for a few hours now and no joy. Itís time for age and guile to win the day. Any ideas?


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    Mounting Beadlocks?? Need some help

    Iíve done pretty much all the work on my Jeep, including axle gear changes. But mounting and balancing tires on bead locks was something I happily paid a shop to do.


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    Yes, I used Melís concoction of Simple green and water. 50/50 or so.


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    Is the rock ring off?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JKbrick View Post
    Is the rock ring off?

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    Well shit, let me check?..... Yep I painted Red so I wouldn't forget ;-)

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    Lube it up and throw it in, just make sure your putting the side the ring mounts to in first.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    Iíve done pretty much all the work on my Jeep, including axle gear changes. But mounting and balancing tires on bead locks was something I happily paid a shop to do.


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    I couldn't find a shop around here that would touch them. Well Big O Tire said they'd do it but they weren't sure what a beadlock was. I said no thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrainWreck618 View Post
    Lube it up and throw it in, just make sure your putting the side the ring mounts to in first.


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    Yep, thanks, I tried that until I was having trouble breathing, ;-)

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    These Coopers are son of a bitch to get over the first bead. They're nothing like Mels video showing him basically throwing them onto the wheel. Those were Nitto Trail Graps and they must have softer sidewalls than the Coops. You're probably doing everything correctly, just that the sidewalls on these are really stiff and the beads are pretty unforgiving. They'll go, just have to keep after it.

    Once you get them onto the wheels, make sure that the rings seat fully onto the wheel. There shouldn't be any gap. You'll swear that they'll never ever seat, but you have to keep chasing the bolts in a circle with your torque wrench til they do. Make sure you spray that lube liberally onto the beads where the tire is clamped to the wheel - it'll help squeezing the two together.

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