Beadlock Tire Mounting instructions
Installation of the Tire
Extra care should be taken when mounting and dismounting a tire on a beadlock wheel to promote the longevity and performance of the beadlock rings.
- Position the wheel inside the tire.
- Inspect the tire bead and wheel’s bead flange for any damage, wear, or foreign particles, such as dirt.
- Slide the tire bead onto the wheel’s welded on beadlock flange. A flat head screwdriver may be required to assist in this process.
Once the wheel is positioned within the tire, and the tire bead is resting on the beadlock welded on flange, you are then ready to install the bolt-on beadlock rings.
Installation of the Bolt-On Beadlock Ring
Installation of the bolt-on beadlock ring uses a technique similar to that of installing a cylinder head.
- Position the bolt-on ring over the tire bead.
- Prepare each beadlock bolt with anti-seize before installing.
- Start 4 bolts by hand in the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. It may be necessary to use 1.5” to 2.0” long bolts at first to start these 4 bolts and then replace them with the enclosed 1.25” long bolts after the rest of the bolts have been started.
- Continue to start the remaining bolts by hand.
- Begin tightening each bolt with a speed wrench in a crisscross pattern until they are fingertip tight.
- Continue tightening with the speed wrench in a crisscross pattern until each bolt is hand tight.
- Torque each bolt, in the crisscross pattern to 50 in-lb, then 100 in-lb, then 150 in-lb.
- Begin torqueing each bolt in a clockwise or counterclockwise pattern to 175 in-lb and then to a final torque of 221 in-lb (18 ft-lb).
WELD Racing advises marking the tire and wheel to check for any tire slippage.
Check the beadlock bolt torque on your wheels after your first run, and every 5 th run after that. Examine your beadlock rings during each tire installation. A ring that has a “potato chip” (or wavy) look to it will not hold the tire bead evenly or as effectively. WELD Racing recommends replacing a beadlock ring that has a distorted appearance.
Tire Dismounting Instructions
Extra care should be taken when dismounting a tire on a beadlock wheel to promote the longevity and performance of the beadlock rings.
- Remove the wheel from the vehicle.
- WARNING: Tires must be completely deflated by removal of the valve stem core before dismounting and loosening beadlock bolts.
- Begin loosening each bolt one turn, in a crisscross pattern until they are all broken loose.
- Repeat 1 turn loosening pattern until tire bead is no longer compressed.
- Remove all bolts and ring.
- Remove tire.
WARNING: TIRE MOUNTING IS DANGEROUS
Special Tire Mounting Instructions: Tire mounting should be done only by trained personnel using proper tools and procedures. Failure to follow safe mounting procedures could cause faulty positioning of the tire and cause the assembly to burst with explosive force sufficient to cause SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH. Always inspect tires for kinked beads or other possible damage that may have occurred in shipping or storage. Clean rim and lubricate beads with rubber lubricant. Always lock rim on mounting machine or place in safety cage. Tires shall be inflated outside a restraining device ONLY to a sufficient pressure to force the tire bead onto the rim ledge and create an airtight seal with the tire and bead. Use a clip-on chuck, an in-line valve with a pressure gauge or adjustable regulator and remote inflation/deflation device. Have enough air hose to stay out of the trajectory. Stand back.
WARNING: VERIFY TIRE AND RIM BEAD SIZE
Verify Correct Wheel and Tire Bead Flanges: All wheels and tires are manufactured to Tire and Rim Association (T&RA) specifications and tolerances. Some are non-standard or can be damaged from use and it is necessary to inspect the rim flange and tire bead to assure proper fit. Consult your specific manufacturer to determine if your rim and tire can be used in this application. Never attempt to install and inflate a tire of one bead diameter on a rim or wheel of a different bead diameter. Never attempt to install and inflate a tire on a wheel with a damaged bead flange. Use of any tire with incorrect bead size, damaged bead flange or damaged bead bundle can cause the assembly to fail and burst with explosive force sufficient to cause SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH. Use a certified wheel rim disk tape to confirm wheel rim flange size.
WARNING: BEAD/RIM SEATING
When seating beads, never exceed maximum bead seating pressure as molded in tire sidewall. Never exceed manufacturer’s maximum inflation pressure. Always seat beads with wheel locked to mounting machine or placed in a safety cage. A damaged tire or wheel can fail during bead seating and burst with enough force to cause SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH. Always use a clip-on chuck, an in-line valve with a pressure gauge or adjustable regulator and remote inflation/deflation device. Have enough air hose to stay out of the trajectory. Stand back. If the beads will not seat at the manufacturer’s maximum bead seating pressure, STOP, deflate tire, and return the tire to place of purchase.
For more information, please refer to the manufacturers’ warnings molded onto tire sidewalls, printed on the tire labels.