Seems like a lot of silly work to go through to lose the functionality of your beadlock wheels.
Running down at 7-8 psi on sticky tires and high horsepower, I would absolutely say beadlocks are necessary. I’ve seen karts debead tires in the right scenario, or partially debead a tire that causes a lot of air loss. That said, above 10 psi you’re probably at a very low risk of debeading a tire.
If your wheels are leaking, it’s probably one of these two things:
- Damaged o-rings on beadlocks causing poor seal. Always slightly wet or lubricate the o-rings before installing, and make sure you’re not over-tightening and crushing and damaging the o-ring.
- Loose or damaged valve stem core. Double-check your valve stem core is tight with a the little wrench. If it’s tight and still leaking, it isn’t uncommon for them to go bad and stop sealing properly, so you can just pop a new one in there.
Both are two minute fixes that cost a penny, and don’t require you to alter the functionality of the wheel.
Spritz a little soapy water on that wheel and see if you can pinpoint the leak. I spray water on the beadlocks every time I mount tires to check.