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    Trail Ready Beadlock Bolt Shearing

    I bought a TJ with trail ready beadlocks a few months ago and noticed after light wheeling today that a few bolts were missing off my drivers side front. I had already noticed a bolt missing from a few others but they were holding air so I just checked them every once in a while.

    When I got home and came back out an hour or so later to unload the jeep that drivers front had lost significant air. I went around and checked all the others for tightness and with barely any pressure the bolts are shearing off with part of the shaft still in the wheels so I cannot install a new bolt.

    Any advice on what to do? This is my first time owning beadlocks.

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    That's crazy.... I'd put all new bolts... And air that tire down to be safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailHunter View Post
    That's crazy.... I'd put all new bolts... And air that tire down to be safe.
    This. I would let the air out for sure.


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    Unfortunately, that is the downside to most beadlock wheels, other than KMC/ATX. Most use thin rings and small bolts. Once one goes, it's only a matter of time before more go. As mentioned, let the air completely out before doing anything more. If it were me, I would start over like a new install and with new bolts.

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    Thanks for the responses, just got the rock ring off and it looks a little bent in. That correct?

    Also judging by the overhang of the tire on the wheel looks like the PO should have installed the spacer ring. I have 37x14.50 toyo open country’s


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpack14 View Post
    Thanks for the responses, just got the rock ring off and it looks a little bent in. That correct?

    Also judging by the overhang of the tire on the wheel looks like the PO should have installed the spacer ring. I have 37x14.50 toyo open country’s


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    That ring being bent in does not look right but I have slabs not Trail Ready so I don’t know


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    I would think the size of that ring makes bending much easier when hitting a rock... more leverage.

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    The ring is a bit concave, and the contact patch on the rim looks like it was only touching on the inside. I suspect that you are right, it needed a spacer. If the bolts were torqued, but the ring not in steady contact, the ring will flex some and cause the bolts to fatigue.

    That's also why they say to not re torque the bolts after mounting, at least the Trail Ready instructions say that.

    I would order a set of spacers, and all new bolts, and re mount all of them. If this one is loose, the others are probably no better.

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    Looks like solid garage gym equipment.

    But yea. Air down and start over with all new hardware.
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