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RC4WD OEM Steel 1.9 Stock Beadlock Wheel Review Print E-mail
Written by Keith   
Monday, 28 December 2009

Tired of gluing your tires but don't want the all out hardcore bealock look? Tired of paying tons of money for beadlocks, and looking for a scale wheel? Check out these OEM Steel Wheels from RC4WD! They sure have the scale look down, use internal locking rings, and won't set you back and arm and a leg either...

The OEM Steel Wheels from RC4WD will fit most 1.9" tires, and are also available in 2.2" and 1.55" as well. You can get them in plain metal which has a slight blue/grayish finish, or powedercoated in white or black. They'll cost you $39.99 for plain, or $49.99 for white or black in the 1.9" version. The 1.55" are available in white only, and cost $39.99, the 2.2" are available in white and black, and cost $49.99

So lets get started and see just what these wheels have to offer! I'll be trying out the plain steel 1.9" ones. Here's all the parts included for each wheel, you get 4X everything shown here, which includes the aluminum inner ring and hub, and stamped steel wheel halves. You also get the 6 allen bolts and nuts to fit them for each wheel for a total of 24 of each.

The back of the hub has a slot machined to it keys into the standard drive pin on your axles, replacing the standard hex. Ask anyone that has dealt with a slipping wheel hex and they will agree, that this is a good thing!

The first step to mounting your tires is to insert the aluminum locking ring inside the tire, and get the bead seated onto it properly. This is arguably the hardest part of mounting the tires, getting the bead sitting right. Some have had trouble with various tires not fitting right, your mileage may vary. I had no problems with these RC4WD Rock Stompers, but have not tried any other tires.

Once the internal ring is in place, press the two steel halves into the tire keeping them centered and even, and making sure to align the six holes in the two halves so the bolts can fit through later.

Now sit the aluminum hub into the back of the wheel and align the six holes.

Now put two of the bolts in from the back of the wheel, and start a nut in each one while pressing the wheel halves together. Just get the nuts started, and use two opposing holes. Don't overtighten them just yet or you'll strip the tiny screws! Ask my how I know... lol I stripped a few and had to order replacement screws and nuts to finish my set of wheels.

Now insert two more screws next to the ones already in place, and tighten the nuts a little more, and snug up the first two nuts. Don't overtighten them yet!

Now insert the last two screws and nuts, and tighten them all up using an alternating pattern working your way around the wheel several times. Don't get impatient, take your time and be gentle, these are small screws! Don't tighten any one of them too much at once, keep the load spread across all the screws. Once you get them all tightened up, it should look like this:

The back of the hub has recessed holes so the head of the bolts don't stick out and hang on the axles.

Is it just me, or does that hub look a LOT like a break disk? lol

They mount to your axles pretty much how you would expect. With just the drive pin in place and no hex, slip the hub over the axle and turn it to the pin keys into the slot machined into the hub, then tighten the wheel nut down. These would look great with fake locking hubs!

Offset is pretty much the same as normal Tamiya plastic wheels. Here's a comparison between the OEM Steel wheels, and a standard issue Tamiya Hummer wheel. First picture is the steel wheel, second is the Hummer wheel, both on a T-Rex 60 axle.

So the only thing left to do now is get the other three mounted up and get them dirty!

I ran the Land Rover for the duration of a battery pack, and my niece and nephew who were over for Christmas took turns running it for another pack. Probably an hour total time. There were no issues other than one rear wheel loosened up, but a quick tightening of the wheel nut solved that. I doubt it was the wheels fault anyway... ;) One small issue I did notice is that water can get in between the wheel halves and sits in there with nowhere to get out. Remember to shake the water out after you run them if you do water crossings!

So in closing, I really like these wheels! They work well, look great, and the price is right! You can get them in various sizes and colors as mentioned before, so chances are theres an option that will work for you!  Check them out at RC4WD !

 
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