Changing tires is practically a weekly chore for most racers. It may not be your favorite task, but it is still a part of life–so you might as well do it right.
It may seem simple, and there may not be a single best way to install a new tire on a beadlock race wheel, but there definitely are mistakes you want to avoid. While enjoying the Knoxville Nationals this year at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, the crew at GP Motorsports, which fields the number 22 Sprint Car for Tony Schilling, were kind enough to let us hang out in their pit for a bit. While there we watched crewman Seth Vernon mount up some tires on several Weld Racing Sprint Car wheels with their Bead-Loc rings, and we were amazed by his efficiency.
So, of course, we had to grab a few photos. We aren’t saying this is the only way to effectively get tires on rims, but Vernon has proven that when hot laps are just minutes away this is one way to get it done effectively and quickly.
Weld Racing/ 800.788.9353 / www.WeldWheels.com
How Much Torque?
A common question many racers have is how much torque should be used on beadlock bolts. Fortunately, Weld Wheels put together this chart for their oval track (and drag racing) beadlock wheels. Weld also recommends anti-seize be applied to each bolt to help protect the threads. (It also helps your torque wrench pull more consistently.)
13, 15 & 16 inch diameter wheel 18 ft/lbs (221 in/lbs)
10 inch diameter wheel 8.9 ft/lbs (107 in/lbs)
13 & 15 inch beadlock rings 18 ft/lbs (221 in/lbs)
10 inch beadlock rings 8.9 ft/lbs (107 in/lbs)