Wheel Bead Loc vs Rim Screws vs Bead Seat Knurling Single Double Lock Tire Weld Racing

Wheel Bead Loc vs Rim Screws vs Bead Seat Knurling Single Double Lock Tire Weld Racing


When it comes to high horsepower applications,
there are three options when it comes to maintaining a strong bond between your tire and wheel:
Bead-Locs, rim screws, and knurling. The goal is to fix the tire to the wheel by preventing
the tire from slipping on the wheel. Rim screws, the first line of defense for
a wheel and tire clamping, are an affordable do-it-yourself solution. However, installing
rim screws will require drilling holes and installing screws in your wheels, 16 holes
per bead, and 32 per wheel. That’s 64 total holes per set. Rim screws are a good, inexpensive
solution that works well for lower budget race cars or street cars. While they don’t
clamp the bead seat like Bead-Locs do, rim screws provide additional points of contact
for the tire with the wheel to enhance grip. Bead seat knurling is another method of increasing
grip between the wheel and tire. Knurling is a process where straight grooves are rolled
into the bead seat of the wheel. Weld has its own unique design, and offers knurling
as an option on most of its wheels. The advantages of knurling are no added screws, no holes
to drill, and no visual change to the wheel. Also, you don’t run the risk of pushing the
bead bundle away from the wheel flange like screws do. The main disadvantage of knurling
is that it’s not a true Bead-Loc. It doesn’t stiffen the sidewall or physically clamp the
tire to the wheel. Knurling is an economical choice that increases the grip between the
tire and wheel when a real Bead-Loc is not required. Bead-Loc wheels create the strongest bond
between the tire and the wheel, because the tire is secured to the wheel using the increased
clamping force of a knurled Bead-Loc ring. While Weld offers both single and double Bead-Locs,
double Bead-Locs are strongly recommended and are even required by some racing organizations
for certain classes. Single Bead-Locs are only advisable when a double Bead-Loc isn’t
possible. For example, in a late model vehicle with substantial backspacing and large OE
brakes. Weld offers all single Bead-Loc wheels with a knurled inner bead seat to keep the
beads in phase under operation. Double Bead-Locs provide the utmost in performance and safety
for drag racing applications. They add integrity to the sidewall of the tire, add strength
to the wheel, and will keep the tire from slipping. Weld’s drag race double Bead-Locs
are offered in multiple Bead-Loc configurations to match different tire bead seat dimensions
and maintain optimal tire bead compression. And, they come standard with the Weld knurled
Bead-Loc ring. It doesn’t matter if you’re running a street
strip or top fuel vehicle. Your car needs a method of safety holding the tire to the
wheel. For more tech information on Weld Wheels, check out weldracing.com.

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