Question: Will my Spyderlock bead lock wheels balance, I have heard that bead locks wheels in general won't balance?
Answer: Yes, Spyderlock bead locks will balance for a comfortable on road ride. This reputation for bead lock wheels to wobble or hop on the highway is not true for all bead locks. The Spyderlock is molded, crafted and manufactured as a bead lock wheel from the beginning, termed as a "born bead lock". You will find a short list of premium bead lock wheels in the off road industry that are produced in this manner, and can be properly balanced. Additionally you will discover the characteristics of balancing a Spyderlock wheel to be much the same as balancing any high quality non-bead lock wheel. In that the wheel itself has very minor to zero manufacturing anomalies that require additional counter weight. Most of the balancing necessity comes from the tire.
** Stick on weights or internal bead balancing is required for the Spyderlock as pound on weights can not be applied to the outer bead lock ring or the inner bead. The inner bead is thicker and reinforced beyond the specifications of a standard wheel, and will not accept a traditional pound on weight.
QUESTION: Can I purchase Spyderlocks direct from Spyderlock Wheels?
ANSWER: Yes, Spyderlock Wheels are the house brand bead lock wheel of American Rock rods. American Rock rods inventories all replacement components and beadlock wheels, and is the source for technical support. Check the "Contact Us" for current information.
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QUESTION: What should I torque my Spyder lock bead lock rings to?
lbs. is the recommended torque specification for the clamping ring.
More torque may be required for tires with thicker beads. 25 lbs.
should always be your baseline, and then tire and wheel should be
checked for a good even seal. If more torque is required, you should NOT exceed 35 lbs.
** Blue lock-tite is always recommended on bead lock ring mounting hardware
** 25 lbs torque is in reference to the clamping ring, NOT the lug nuts for mounting the wheel
** Over torquing the bead lock clamping ring will fatigue mounting
hardware and may cause a failure
** Final torque should always be checked by hand, and not with an air or electric impact tool
QUESTION: I have one ton hubs that need a 4.25" bore to clear the hub, will Spyderlocks fit over my hubs?
ANSWER: Yes. This is a common problem with many after market wheels. For example a traditional 5 on 5.5" aluminum wheel would not come with a one ton hub clearance. As there was never a factory one ton application with that wheel pattern. Many wheels must require additional machine work and cost applied to them to make clearance for the large hub applications, or hub conversions. Spyderlock beadlocks do not require any additional modification. As they do have a 4.25" hub bore right from our factory.
QUESTION: Is the 3.5" off set the only off set available, and why?
3.5" back spacing is the only option. The Spyderlock is a brawny hard
core wheel, where off road performance is it's primary function. The
off set is to accommodate modified suspensions without rubbing during
articulation and hard turning, with the added advantage of stability. Most factory and after market aluminum
wheels have a 4.25" to 5" offset which require the additional use of
wheel spacers to effectively work in concert with wider tires and
enhanced off road suspensions. Vehicles utilizing Spyderlock wheels do
not require spacers.
QUESTION: Does the Spyderlock come in a polished finish? If not, what is the finish?
ANSWER: The bead lock is not available from Spyderlock in a polished finish. However, being an aluminum wheel they can be polished. This would need to be arranged after you receive your wheels.
Spyderlock bead locks come in a machined finish with no clear coat. Off road debris and mud is hard on clear coat and can cause it to fade, bubble or chip. The machine finish allows for easy clean up and is an excellent platform for a powder coat or paint finish. Spyderlocks are available in black or gun metal powder coat and a variety of anodized colors for the billet clamping ring. See individual wheel pages for information and pricing on these options.
QUESTION: If I damage or scratch up my outer rings, can I get new ones?
new rings are available individually for all sizes 15", 17" 18" and
20". Go to wheel components to find information and pricing on separate
replacement rings. Although we have yet to see anyone be able to damage
a 3/4" billet
outer clamping ring to a level where it did not still function. But if
you want a fresh look we do suggest sanding them down a few mils to
knock off the rough edges or contact us for a new one.
QUESTION: I spend most of my time off roading in the mud, do Spyderlocks retain mud due to the bead lock ring?
common misconception is that the anti-deflection webbing on the
ring captures large amounts of mud inside the wheel. The ridge of the
ring is only raised 5/8" above the foundation of the rim shell. The
ring will retain more mud than a standard non-bead lock wheel, no
And there are bead locks on the market that have thinner rings that
would allow mud to escape more easily, although this type of ring does
not share the same design advantages as the Spyderlock wheel. In
conclusion yes they will retain some debris, however it can be removed
at your local car wash or at home with a spray nozzle with the normal
effort that it takes to clean your machine after a day in the
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