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SecondsOut 03-30-2013 11:51 PM

DIY Dragging Sled
I no longer have access to GPP equipment like dragging sleds, prowlers, etc. This sucks. When I started using the sled a few weeks ago, it felt like I found the missing piece to a puzzle that I didn't even know was missing. Did you finish your regular workout but still feel fresh and motivated? Go fry yourself out pulling the sled! Well, like I said, I don't have access to that stuff any more, but I have to keep the sled work going :mad:

I woke up this morning and decided to make my own sled. Didn't have any idea how to do this, so I searched Google and YouTube: the old tire sled seems to be the cheapest, easiest route. But where to get a tire and all the other crap I need? Better start with the tire.
There's a suspicious looking open field next to my apartment complex. Looking at this field, you can tell from a mile away that the temptation to dump trash there is overwhelming. I crossed the street, walked around...

...and instantly found a tire! haha. Found some PVC too:

Time to hit Home Depot. Bought some rope and a couple small-diameter PVC fittings for handles (i.e., for upper-body sled pulls). Shot over to Sports Authority for a cheap lifting belt (i.e., to attach to the rope for lower-body sled pulls). An hour of fiddling with the rope and stuff yielded:

Only thing I need now is something flat to put inside the tire. The open field has tons of rocks. I'm just gonna throw'em inside the tire to weigh it down. Let's do this thing! :rockon:

Total Investment: $40
tire: $0
weights (rocks): $0
rope (50 ft. of high quality stuff): $17
PVC fittings: $2
crappy lifting belt: $21
maximum carnage: priceless

I paid more than necessary. Of course, for just the sled by itself, the investment is only $19 (rope + PVC). I wanted high quality rope, though, something that will last forever.

Soldier 03-31-2013 08:15 AM

NICE. I have a sled I built, but I welded it out of 1 inch tubing. I think you're going to find that the tire works just fine.

1morerep 03-31-2013 11:28 AM

good stuff seconsdout!!! Genius! Stop typing now and go out and drag that tire...move, move, move!!!

MikeM 03-31-2013 12:02 PM


You can screw little bits of wood into the sidewall near the rope too so that it elevates the front edge a bit so if you drag this on the road it won't wear out the rope so fast.

Also for weights, I discovered if you slash the sidewall just a little on each side (i used a jigsaw, but a hack saw works too), you can fit a 45 in there and pile more weights on top of that too. Rocks work too of course, but tough to measure the weight of rocks if you're tracking the weight you use.

I'm discovering there are always simple solutions to pretty much any problem.

SecondsOut 03-31-2013 12:13 PM

don't own plates or have money to buy'em, hence the ghetto setup and using rocks. not concerned about precise weights on this work, just maximum carnage.
for now, i'll only be dragging this across the field, not the street; otherwise, you're right, i couldn't have the rope around the tire like that and would've needed an eyebolt to keep the rope off the pavement.


Originally Posted by 1morerep (Post 344391)
good stuff seconsdout!!! Genius! Stop typing now and go out and drag that tire...move, move, move!!!

i'll be sure to plant my phone camera on top of some garbage out in the field so i can record the carnage and post it in my log

jwood 03-31-2013 01:18 PM

Nice work man! I have a sled like this too, I love it.

Perfect piece of equipment, I just used scrap pieces of wood,2x4 and whatever I could find and screwed the across the inside of the tire. Seems to work for me

5kgLifter 03-31-2013 01:23 PM

I think LtL posted up a thread about how he made his sled as well, though I could be wrong; does a parachute work in a similar fashion? just a thought and possible alternative.

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