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Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:37 pm
by pertneer
I am currently looking to build some of these for myself.
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I will update with dimensions and specs as I go. I may even upload the dxf files too, but I will have to think about that. :roll:

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:30 am
by jp_crazy
Nice, are you going to sell them?

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:27 am
by pertneer
I am currently having the rings made by a local company calledIndustrial Overlay. I gave them my dxf file and they are water jetting these out for me.

They should be done sometime this week and I will post some pictures when I get them back.

I found a fifth rim to match my old that I had from another project. I had a hard time sandblasting a brand new rim to get it ready for powder coating. Some of my co-workers that I was nuts. :roll:

I have a little surprise in store for the final look of these which I will disclose at a later time. :mrgreen:

Here are a couple of shots of the rims before and after sandblasting:
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Sandblasting does not take off the chrome, but it does make it rough enough for the powder coat to stick. A test piece confirmed these findings.

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:40 pm
by pertneer
I have got some more work done to these this weekend. I took the rims and made sure o prep the edge of the rim for weld. Here are a couple of shots to show you where I ground and how much I ground. I painted one of them black to give you a better idea of what ares was ground.
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I also got the rings today from getting water jetted. They look really good.
Now I need to do a little prep work on the inner ring for welding and powder coating. I will get a couple of pics for this later today.

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:45 pm
by pertneer
jp_crazy wrote:Nice, are you going to sell them?
Not at this time

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:37 pm
by pertneer
After getting the rings I took some time to add a little extra bling to them. What I decided to do was not just leave the letters open to the inside of the wheel. SO I made some plates to cover them from the back and I am going to get them powder coated Red like my Jeep. The rest will be powder coated black.

To attach the plates to the back I had to weld in some bolts from the front and weld them in to hide them from view. I started with an 82* counter sink to allow for a Flat Head Socket Cap Screw to fit below the surface. Then I welded them over and ground them flush with the face.
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Then I turned my attention to the inner rings that are being welded to the rim.
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With a sufficient amount of weld chamfer I welded them around the entire perimeter to keep air in the tire.
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Now i am ready to grind the welds down on the rim and send them to be powder coated black.

More updates to follow.....

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:20 pm
by pertneer
Today I got back some pieces from being powder coated. The pieces will be behind the outer ring of the bead lock to make the letters show red.
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I welded the bolts into the outer rings.
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After welding them I ground them flat with the the surface to hide them from view on the front.
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When I got the outer rings finished from welding the bolts to hold these pieces I tested one to see what they looked like.
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They do not look like much from the back, but they will have a really cool affect.
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Now all I need to do is get the outer rings powder coated black to finish the affect I am looking for. These should make a really cool addition to my Jeep.

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:17 pm
by pertneer
Took a quick shot with the cell phone today of the beadlocks after powder coating and the back plates installed.
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The lighting is not the best but you get the idea.
Now when the rims get done I get started on installing all of those bolts. 160 to be exact. :shock:

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 12:34 pm
by CNC_fab
Is there any reason you had them water jetted instead of plasma cut. It seams like that would be a little expensive to have done.

Anyway they look good so far, keep the pics coming.

Re: Jeep-fab Beadlocks

Posted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:28 am
by pertneer
The only place in my area that had a cnc plasma said that their machine was too big to do the bolt holes. So I went with the next best thing. :D