If you’ve been around the off-roading world for even a short period, you know how common a sight bead lock wheels are. And with good reason – the benefits for running lower tire pressures offroad are sometimes just a requirement and having the security of a bead lock when doing so is a massive benefit. However, bead lock wheels have a bit of a Catch-22 of their own. Not being DOT legal for road use complicates many a weekend warriors’ lives and adds unwanted complexity in any trip over tough terrain.
Icon Alloy’s new wheel, the Rebound PRO with INNERLOCK Technology, offers a flexible, DOT legal solution to this conundrum. With a new method for locking down the bead of a tire to prevent it from unseating itself at low pressures without using the typical clamps of a bead lock wheel, the Rebound PRO effectively offers the performance and benefit of a bead lock without the legal issues.
Replacing a typical bead lock, a series of pins with O rings are used to hold the bead of the tire in place on the wheel in a manner that is both DOT compliant and effective at preventing unseating. According to Icon, this system provides similar performance to a more traditional bead lock in regard to holding the tire on at loads.
In addition to providing benefits of a bead lock, the Patented InnerLock technology (U.S. Patent No. 11,090,976) from Icon Alloys does not require re-torqueing on the bolts used to hold the bead, helping add some peace of mind for regular use. With the hardware for the bead securing system also being placed in a solid, safe area where it should be protected from any rocks or other damage for rough off-road use, durability shouldn’t be a concern with the Rebound PRO.
In addition to providing all this innovation, the Rebound PRO offers a great overall package as a wheel. Tipping the scales at a relatively lightweight 28 lbs. each and providing a fantastic 3200 lbs. of load rating. An attractive 8-spoke design is coupled with all the performance you can expect to gain from your typical bead lock.
Currently available in a 17×8.5” size with a variety of offsets, and in attractive finishes (such as bronze, satin black, or titanium) there’s sure to be a color that will compliment your vehicle nicely, providing both an attractive and functional wheel well suited to a multi-purpose vehicle.
As well as having an attractive appearance, the Rebound PRO’s finish looks durable, ready to take a beating and keep on rolling. Combining the strength and durability typical of off-roading wheels with some attractive style elements one can expect to blend in on the street, the Rebound PRO makes a convincing argument to be the wheel of choice for enthusiasts looking for style and capability in one package.
It’s hard to overstate the benefits to off-road performance a combination of bead locks, along with a strong set of wheels, can provide. Making use of the full tread on the tire by running lower pressures is a surefire way to help tackle some difficult terrain and owing to the capability from a set of wheels like the Rebound PRO, can be fully utilized. The added confidence can really let you stretch your legs off-road without fear of an unbeaded tire.
With upgrades such as a good set of shocks you can really expect a whole new feel when it comes to driving your vehicle. Time and time again, we hear from people how new (or even tweaked) suspension completely changed the driving feel of their UTV, car, motorcycle… And we think a good set does go a long way. As well as adding the control arms, Icon Vehicle Dynamics’ (IVD) suspension offerings are nicely tailored to the off-roading world and provide some serious benefit in the departments you want it the most.
As for what mates the Rebound PRO to your vehicle, IVD also has on offer a full complement of shocks, control arms, and coil overs for your vehicle. Providing some additional wheel travel, ride height, as well as improved damping, they really pair well with the Rebound PRO wheels and the capability they provide you as effective, road-legal bead locks.
Having additional ground clearance certainly compliments the whole package around the Rebound PRO wheels, letting you take full advantage of everything you can wring out of the vehicle from the added height, suspension improvements, and the wheels gripping on to the beads of your chosen tire, in our case the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2.