Originally Posted by wvuboy44
Yeah those look good. You mean more metal near the edges as in more spoke making contact with the barrel?
Yeah, you'll want more metal near the edges. The rest of the design isn't as critical IMO, since they're all load-rated, so you should be fine as long as you don't overload it. But at the edges, where contact with objects is possible, more metal will just be more durable.
FWIW - I had a set of wheels with a edge-casting similar to what you posted, and did break a chunk out of one.
I have now have Ultra Goliath wheels, and they've been on for about 270,000 miles without issue. I run my fronts as low as 8 psi, and rears at 15 psi, and have never slipped a bead.
Beadlocks looks cool, but unless you're running regularly at single-digit psi, the tradeoffs aren't worth it IMO. For one, there's not many that are DOT-rated, some states techinally don't allow them on the road, and you're likely to have NVH issues at highway speed. Plus, beadlocks need to be regularly torque-checked, or marked with torque-seal, or you rick losing the locking ring on the highway.
F150 Raptors have a neat bead-lock-ready wheels. From the factory, the ring serves as a bash-guard, and it can be swapped for a true bead-lock ring. But I'm not aware of an equivalent 8-lug version. Maybe the Tremor F250 will offer it soon.