When the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 was revealed early this year, it also introduced a number of interesting new features, including a first for the rugged off-roader – optional 37-inch, specially-designed BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A K02 tires that actually required Ford to modify its assembly line to accommodate. The 2021 F-150 Raptor and the 2021 Ford Bronco also share a beadlock-capable wheel design. Thus, shortly after a Ford Bronco functional bead lock ring kit launched in FoMoCo’s catalog, a pair of similar kits for the new F-150 Raptor have followed.
The first Ford F-150 Raptor functional bead lock ring kit is sold under part number M-1021K-BL1 and fits 2021 F-150 Raptor models equipped with the factory bead lock wheel option (64D) and 35-inch tires, or 2017-2018 F-150 Raptor models equipped with factory bead lock wheels. The kit includes four functional bead lock rings, as well as the required 24 fasteners per ring.
Those that have 37-inch tires on their 2021 F-150 Raptor can purchase the same kit under part number M-1021K-BL2, which fits 2021 F-150 Raptor with the factory Raptor 37 Performance Package (68R) or 2019-2020 F-150 Raptor models with the factory bead lock wheel option. This kit also comes with four functional bead lock rings and 24 fasteners per ring. Both kits retail for $845.
Bead locks lock the bead of a tire to the wheel, which offers a number of advantages for off-road applications. Bead locks allow owners to drop the air pressure in a tire to a very low level without having to worry about the tire slipping off the wheel, increasing the tire’s contact patch, and improving traction on a variety of slippery surfaces such as rocks, sand, and snow.
On the flip side, bead locks are not DOT-approved and, subsequently, are not legal for road use, are heavier than non-bead lock wheels, and are more expensive than conventional wheels. Regardless, for hardcore off-roaders, bead locks offer a number of distinct advantages that have made them a popular upgrade in recent years.