Sorry.Well, figured I'd better check out the pressure in the Inner beadlocks before the pending wheelin trip... I had Stauns on my old RME TJ that I built years ago and disliked them, after getting them on and running them for awhile. They are a PITA to mount up, PITA to maintain air pressure (90 PSI!) and when you didn't maintain it, things got real difficult.... the inner beadlock will move, block the valve stem, rupture the tube, etc.
I started to check air pressure and one of the inner locks was low... I added air and noticed the tire was getting the pressure too. Tube is ruptured. Move onto wheel #2.... inner beadlock takes air, but tire valvestem is blocked and can't air down. Great!!
After this I said fawk it... I have a 2nd set of wheels & tires. The Krawlers and BattleBorn Gatekeepers are going on in the morning, before the wheelin trip. This means a wider track width, which I really don't like.
I'm going to shop for another set of real beadlock wheels with the backspacing I need... maybe two sets, for both tire sets.
*pours a glass of Jameson to mellow out*
After a week out of town for the holiday, I spent today in the shop working on the TJ. Decided to work on swapping my Chris Durham Racing fiberglass hood on. The current hood/tube work was right in the way, so the Sawzall came out and 4 cuts were made freeing the offending tube.
The hood needed to be cut to match the belt line as well. I removed the hood pins as the fiberglass will crack trying to run pins. (The hood came with rubber latches that secure to the grill, upside down from normal latches.)
The hood in place, looks much better IMO. I plan to run some tube just inside and underneath the hood, attempting to protect it from damage. I'll put a bend at the corner of the hood 'fenders' and tie the tube into the current grill hoop.
I'm planning to swap the ORI's in sooner rather than later, so I'll be rebuilding the front shock mounts at the hoop at the same time when I add the new hood tube work.
The hood and related tubes were my least favorite part of the tube work. In my personal opinion this is a great update. Looks great!