Time to freshen this thread up a bit.
I'm getting ready for a spring expedition of unknown destinations.
After getting the Hutchinson beadlocks that came with Cooper STT tires I decided those rim bolts were going to get damaged without some protection. Scraping against narrow ravine walls around here and out west on rock shelves.
Called on the guy that laser cuts the skids for help. We played around in a CAD program, push send to laser and went back to see the outcome.
His laser can cut 1/4 fairly fast. He says 1/2 would work it hard but new an outsource he could work me in with.
The 1/4 still leave 1/8 of the rim studs sticking out. Screw those up and I might not get the rings off without screwing up the studs and then maybe a die would clean them up. Rather than risk it I tried two rings. I think I like that. Later I can get some one piece 1/2. Sounds heavy, I know but the Alpha did not seem to be affected much by the 315's and these rings. I stuck in the Flashpaq tow mode to smooth out some shifting and a bit more torque which evens things out all around and for towing. The rings can be run with or with out the plastic stud protector but I think they could get scraped up as they sit flush. So for hardcore rocky terrain probably leave those off. It does not look as finished but this is about functionality.
The last shot was just a quick test until I get out in some rocks to show the tire with 10 lbs of air sitting on just that wheel against the curb. Just to see if the tire flex was going to hit the rings. So it should be ok for mall crawling over speedbumps!
I tried a heavy solids aluminum paint and they matched but it did not seem like it was tough.
I media blasted them and clear coated them. After some rock rash I can blast and re-coat.
I have seen some plates out there that cover the entire wheel. I wanted access to my lug nuts. Yes, I do torque my nuts!! and less weight is always good. I suppose I can figure a way to cram a rock in there but since 06 that has not happened. Just in case I got 4 more Hutchinsons.
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