Just marketing-speak gone wrong. Beadlock-style, fake beadlock, or whatever you want to call them, the 'bling ring' is really more of a rock ring than anything else. Designed to take a hit or rock grinding without making your wheel or valve stem suffer, and easily removable/replaceable. Whoever first uttered the term beadlock in regards to describing these wheels put everyone on the wrong path. They are functional for what they are.Has anyone purchased the 2013 TTSE with its "TRD 16-in. off-road beadlock-style wheel with black finishing"?
The dealership I am about to buy from told me the chrome-appearing beadlock wheels cannot be outfitted with any other color, because they are not real beadlocks. Apparently "Beadlock-style" means "fake."
I am interested in real beadlock wheels and wonder if Toyota uses this choice of words for marketing, not function.
Your experiences would be helpful.
For real DOT-approved beadlocks look no further than Hutchinson's Rock Monster wheels. Not cheap, but very strong and they make the military beadlocks as well. 4WDToyotaOwner magazine runs these on their 80-Series Land Cruiser with 35s and last I heard they were moving up to 37s.
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