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Monday 15 July 2019
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DIY Kayak Cart

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I had been wanting to build a kayak cart that was more offroad worthy and easier to use than my Suspenz cart for quite awhile, which is how this project came about. My first attempt was to modify my suspenz cart so it would accept larger and easier rolling wheels. Unfortunately that didn’t quite work, so I made the decision to start from scratch. This isn’t so much a how to as it is an example for ideas. I can get measurements if requested…

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So my Dad and I made a trip to Pick n Pull to see what might be laying around that we could convert into a cart. We ended up finding that certain Chevy vans had a spare tire carrier/rack that had the bends we were looking for. I bought two of those at $20 a piece. I already had the wheels I was planning on using from my attempt at the conversion, which are Wandertec Bongo bike trailer wheels $35 a piece. They are push button release, so they are easily removable. The rest of the material I already had including ½” round seamless tubing for the wheel mounts and square tubing for the frame. The main frame (tire rack) is 1” square and ¾” square and 5/8” square were used as well.

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Once it was all welded and painted I finished it off with some 1” rubber square tube caps and some PVC insulation zip-tied to the main frame. Total weight is 16lbs with the kick stand. I haven’t had a chance to truly test it yet, but pulling it around the yard it seems to work 100 times better than the suspenz cart. All I need now is some new straps and I’ll be good to go!

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