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Old 08-01-2020, 06:14 AM   #1
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I have Crawler Innovations Double deuce foams on aluminum beadlock wheels and they always slide off center. What are you pro's doing to keep your foams centered on the wheel?
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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I have Crawler Innovations Double deuce foams on aluminum beadlock wheels and they always slide off center. What are you pro's doing to keep your foams centered on the wheel?

Iím keeping my eyes on this.

Foams give me trouble as well.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:17 AM   #3
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A strip of grip tape around the ring works for me.
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Old 08-01-2020, 06:44 PM   #4
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THIS is what I have been complaining about for the past few years. I was told to glue or tape the foam to the wheel. I have also used large O-rings on either side of the foam to take up space. All of those are just temporary fixes which don't address the root problem. I finally cut groves on the OD of my beadlock rings to give the foam something to grip to. The groves have worked pretty well and I have ask wheel manufacturers if they could machine grooves but have received no response. I have also had this discussion with crawler inovations about why they make the foam so narrow. All that has gone no where.
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Gluing won't work?
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Old 08-02-2020, 07:07 AM   #6
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i stoped using foams all together problem solved
i use rubber inserts they work way better
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Link or examples of these rubber inserts?
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Foams sliding laterally on a bead lock is common on wide rims. With so many different wheel manufacturers, there is no bench mark for size, style, or tolerance, it's left up to whatever the manufacturer decides.



There are several proven ways to prevent sliding;
- one method is to use double stick tape on the rim or bead lock can to attach the inner foam;
- shoe goo, silicone, or CA glue the inner foam to the rim or can;
- cut the factory conventional foams included with your tires into tuning discs and place them on either side of the main foam to increase lateral foam width, this will properly fill the tire and force the tire to track the rim;
- purchase Closed Cell tuning discs CWR-3015 or CWR-3315 and place one disc on the outside of the foam in each tire


Thank you for your purchase of Crawler Innovations products.
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Link or examples of these rubber inserts?
a more acurate discription would be a smaller tire inside a bigger tire
think innertube nothing special or fancy other than my discription
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a more acurate discription would be a smaller tire inside a bigger tire
think innertube nothing special or fancy other than my discription
Ah, gotcha! So homemade solution and not something you can buy?
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Ah, gotcha! So homemade solution and not something you can buy?
you can buy tires cheap ones work as good as exspensive ones

old used tires work well too even if the tire is damaged
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The mere fact that so many people have to resort to all these band-aid fixes to keep their foams centered is an indication that some wheel manufacturers and foam manufacturers need to get sh** together and make parts that work as they should. This isn't rocket science it is just common sense.

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The problem seems much more prominent on certain foams. I wonder if the center hole were a bit smaller and the foams were a bit wider if this wouldnt be a problem. Most 4.75" tires are the same width, or really close at least.
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