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Old March 23rd, 2008, 08:07 PM   #1
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I sold my boggers on H1s and wanted a good option to run a 17" steel rim, beadlocked, with deep backspacing (I didn't want a wider track). I ended up settling on stock Dodge Ram rims. 17x8 with about 5.5" BS... and www.offroadoverstock.com DIY beadlocks (FREE SHIPPING!!!)

The problem is with the deep backspacing. The outer lip of the wheel is so close to the inner dish on the wheel, that if you weld on the inner beadlock ring, there isn't any room to get a nut behind the ring for the beadlocks.

To solve this, I had a buddy (who will never die) burn me a few "spacer rings" to space the inner beadlock ring from the wheel dish. This caused twice the amount of welding... and twice the chances of the beads leaking once they are mounted up.

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These are the stock 17" "chrome clad" rims. the chrome is just glued on... but very well done I might ad.

start peeling up the cladding, starting in the center





once you have worked the center of the cladding loose, start on the outside. You might have to cut a line in the outside of the cladding to create a weak spot, so you can fold the cladding over onto itself



and BAM, you have a stel wheel



Now you can see the shallow dish problem I mentioned before... there isn;t enough room for the inner beadlock and a 3/8" nut.



So here are the 3/8" spacers. They were made in quarters to reduce the amount of scrap metal



all burnt in, and ready to weld the inner ring over the spacers



the inner ring burnt in



And the final product.... not sure why the picture turned out grainy... probably because I've dropped my camera one too many times.




They were a ton of work, and are ungodly heavy.... but I like them. They were the cheap way to have rims that don't have a huge offset with outer beadlocks. The 18.5" boggers on H1s put my outside to outside dim at about 84". The 14" Krawlers on 9" beadlocks (the kit adds about an inch) put my outside to outside dim at about 79"
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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great only 3 more to do?
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Turned out nice. Sometimes you have to do shit yourself just because you can. Who cares if it took 100x longer than buying a set. I know, I've been there plenty of times. I'm recentering my hummer wheels now actually. I even considered buying stamped centers even though I own a cnc plasma table. But now that they are cut and ready to weld in I'm glad I did them. The only problem I see with your wheels is that you didnt buy the rings from me :flipoff:
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Those turned out pretty sweet, but I have to ask ... why didn't you just recenter your H1's?
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Those turned out pretty sweet, but I have to ask ... why didn't you just recenter your H1's?
comp tread tires are only in 17"... I wanted the 42" IROKs stickies or the Krawler stickies.

the H1s are awesome, I wish BFG thought that too
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What is the width of the axles you are running?
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stock ford, no idea exactly what it is
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with the end result i must say it looks worth it
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