To increase the mobility of a wheeled vehicle operating in soft terrain such as sand, mud or snow, it is necessary to increase the footprint of the tires. This is achieved by the crew decreasing the tire’s air pressure. For example a 4×4 at low pressure can easily exceed the footprint of an 8×8 at service pressure. This mobility is only achievable if the wheels are equipped with a tire bead locking device.
The Hutchinson Beadlock ensures the clamping of the tire beads on the rim at lowered or zero pressure.
As a result the vehicle capabilities are enhanced by:
- Increased traction and braking
- Improved steering control
- Minimal chance of rollover caused by the unseating of the tire
- Preventing foreign materials from entering the tire