FAQ


ARE TR BEADLOCKS DOT APPROVED OR COMPLIANT? 

All TR Wheels are DOT compliant. However, our Real Beadlock wheels are still marked as “intended for off road use”. Because of the one variable we have no control over, the tire, and the operation and maintenance needed for some tire wheel combinations(see comments on spacers below), we choose mark the wheel that way and let the end user decide how to use the wheels to fit his/her needs. More info here https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2002-title49-vol5/pdf/CFR-2002-title49-vol5-sec571-120.pdf 
WHAT DO I TORQUE THE BEAD LOCK BOLTS TO? 

Torque the beadlock bolts to 20 lbs. ft with anti-seize, or, 24 lbs. ft. dry. 

I’VE HEARD SPACERS ARE REQUIRED FOR SOME TIRES WHEN USED WITH TR BEADLOCKS. DO I NEED THEM? 

Beadlock wheels commonly have a 1/2" groove to accommodate tire bead thickness up to 3/4". For tires with a bead thickness of more than 3/4" you need to use a spacer to maintain contact between the beadlock ring and the wheel. Lack of contact between those two surfaces means the ring is just floating on the tire rubber and will fatigue the bolts to the point of failure over time. 

MY INSIDE BEAD IS BURPING OR LOSING AIR WHEN BELOW 10psi. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? 

Some bias tires with very thick and stiff sidewall/bead sections don’t flex when aired down. They are so stiff that when it looks like the sidewall is flexing, the tire bead is actually rotating or squirming on the wheel allowing air to leak out. Furthermore, those same tires are purposefully built with a larger ID and fit loose on the wheel so that they will inflate over the safety bump on the wheel at an acceptable air pressure. There are a couple “budget” remedies beyond running higher psi. The one cure that has wide success is to bond the rear bead to the wheel using an adhesive, such as 3M 08008 Black Super Weatherstrip Adhesive. 

DO THE WHEELS HAVE A COATING ON THEM? HOW DO I CARE FOR THE MACHINE FINISH WHEELS? 

Unless you choose the optional powdercoat finish on the wheels, you will have a raw machined finish and depending upon the climate you live in, you may see brake dust or water chalking try to degrade the appearance of the wheel finish over time. Use a machined wheel protectant such as Eastwood Metal Protect 

IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE AIR PRESSURE I CAN RUN? 

With TR Wheels, you’re only limited to the maximum limits as marked on the tire. You may also run as little air as you think possible without causing tire damage. 

WHAT DOES TR BEADLOCKS ONE YEAR AND LIFETIME WARRANTY COVER? 

TR HD Series wheels all come with a one year replacement warranty covering any functional failure including trail or racing hazard, except damage caused by loose lug nuts. The warranty is not prorated and non-transferable. To get a repair or replacement, simply return the damaged part to TR and we will fix it or replace it. Warranty excludes finish or freight. 

WHERE ARE TR BEADLOCK WHEEL MADE? 

TR Beadlocks wheels are the only cast beadlock wheel make in the USA. The wheel comes out of our molds at our partner foundry in Iowa. We do the finish machining along with all beadlock ring manufacturing in house at our facility in Mount Vernon WA. 

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TR BEADLOCK WHEEL AND THE IMPORTS? 

Section thickness, Specific alloy, Counter pressure casting and Sequential cooling make the difference. Nearly all other wheels use the common low pressure cast method. CPC results in a MUCH denser part. Proper sequential cooling insures that the density is consistent throughout the part. In a recent Rockwell HR scale test we got the following results. TR Forged Wheel. RW Hardness 55, TR Cast Wheel, RW Hardness 48 and our competitors cast import scored RW Hardness 28. The test was conducted on the wheel mount surface. A RW Hardness of 28 would be considered a blem at TR and scrapped.