I recently received a set of the new 12 ply run flat Moapa's on Diablo true beadlock rims. I will be posting my thought on them and experiences with them as I use them here on this thread.
So I purchased the 26x12x9 Moapa 12 ply and DWT Diablo beadlock rims from fuelatv and can't thank Chad enough for his great customer service after my PayPal screw up. So as they arrive at the house and I am staring at this awesome set of new shoes, I realize that I have never mounted a tire on a rim myself before. Thus the first time I express how thankful I am for buying the beadlocks.
So a half bottle of Windex and a couple of PM's to Chris later, I'm in business.
I had a little concern when trying to start the studs to hold the ring on as they seemed too big and wouldn't start at all with just my fingers and I was afraid of cross threading them. So I just lined them up and used my cordless drill and they went right in. No problems.
So I got the bead set at about 28-30psi and backed it down to 8 and leaned it up to my stock back tire and became a little disappointed. At 8psi they measure at about 25.25"-25.50" tall.
So I lost about 3/4" of precious ground clearance. Not too bad I guess.
So I get them all mounted up and ready to take on a 60+ mile round trip to see my dad for Father's Day.
I was a little disappointed with the size and it affected the looks just a little. Esp in the rear with only 9" width. But the good looking tires and rims make up for it.
So I hit the blacktop and accelerate and I can notice a very slight loss of acceleration. Not near as much as I was expecting. This ride was all blacktop and dirt roads, so it was mostly just cruising speeds. I noticed a much more responsive feel as we cruised through the turns. Much less tire roll of course, which resulted in more responsive hadling. With 9" on the rear instead of 11" I was unsure of how it would handle. But on the road it wasn't a problem at all. We will see how it does on the trail. But I noticed that it rode only slightly rougher than before with stock tires and stock pre-sets. I still haven't adjusted the shocks yet. My wife couldn't tell a difference at all. Again, alot less than what I expected. When I lower the air pressure, I'm sure it will ride just fine. I'm thinking around 4 or 5psi will be good. When I got home and parked it in the garage, I could see how the back is going to wear with the rear camber the way it is on the T4. The dust was only on sticking to the inside half of the tread on the rear tires.
Which brings the second time I am thankful I bought the beadlocks. And the first time I am thankful they are all 9". I will be able to rotate them several different ways to help them wear evenly by myself. Front to back and side to side. Sorry so lengthy. Just wanted to jot down my thoughts while they were fresh in my mind.