Mechanical beadlock legality?

Submitted: Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 20:04
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Hope you all can help with this. I’ve been trying to track down the legalities of running mechanical beadlock on the road in NSW (or anywhere in Australia for that matter).

So far the only thing I can uncover is converting a regular rim into beadlock rims is illegal because of circular rim welding. However, I can not find much info on manufactured beadlock rims which have no welds. Is it still illegal to run a professionally manufactured beadlock rim which is purpose built?

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Reply By: Rock Crawler - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:28

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:28
All external bead locks are illegal, why nit fit internal ones?
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Follow Up By: Pneumatic - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:29

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:29
I find bush tire change easier with bolt beadlocks. I'll go with internal bags if I can't find a way around the RTA. There is a company in the US which produces mechanical locks which pass California’s roadworthy laws. (California roadworthy laws are the toughest in the world) I doubt I’ll get anywhere with the RTA but im thinking of getting some tech sheets from the company/California government and see if I can persuade them. Wish me luck LOL.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:38

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:38
If you think your the first person to try and get them passed by the RTA, your dreaming.

It wont happen.

Why is changing tires with Internal Air beadlocks anyharder? Admit only seen 2 changed infront of me, but when aired down they were almost non existant.
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Follow Up By: MYTTUF - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 18:08

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 18:08
To do bush repairs on an internal beadlock is way harder. It takes 2 people in a workshop to fit and re-fit them. There may be lots oif nuts to undo on mechanical but the majority of us all carry appropriate tools to maker these type of jobs easy, even in the bush.
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Reply By: MYTTUF - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:45

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:45
Another thing to consider is weather or not the tyres you are running are road leagal, as if they're not, then does it really matter?
But to answer your question, I don't think they are legal, although lots of us run them.
Jonesy
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Follow Up By: Pneumatic - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:39

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 23:39
That brings up another question: Once your pass your Reg and change yor tyres, has anyone ever really been ticketed for having beadlocks and/or aggressive tyres?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:36

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 11:36
yes they have.
You also will find out the hard way you are not covered by your insurance if you have to make a claim with non roadworthy tires.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:20

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:20
Good advice Truckster, insurance companies are dynamite on illegal mods after an accident, the ramifications are huge if another vehicle is involved as his insurance company will take action also.
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:33

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:33
Hi In N.Z. there are to my knowledge two companies that are registered to make mechanical beadlock rims that are certified for road use.
When fitted to a truck the truck has to carry a certification plate to say that these rims suitable and legal on the road.
The truck will pass a warrant of fitness and rego check with this paper work, and is fully legal and is accepted by our insurance company, well mine anyway
i hope this is of some help.
Ray
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