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Old 06-25-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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Honda 3000 DIY wheels - Save $$

There are probably others who have done something similar, I wanted to post photos and info for others to use if so desired.
I bought 2 castor wheels, less than $10
I bought a length of 2"X2" aluminum tubing and cut to length with a bevel on each end - see photo. Using self tapping hex screws I attached it all to existing brackets, re-attached two rubber feet to the aluminum tubing and I was done. Total cost less than $40.
The hardest part was making sure the generator was secure while I worked under it. I didn't want to win the annual Darwin award.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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I like it! I'm off to my friendly Ace Hardware store for supplies. Now I need someone to come up with the cheap and easy hoist for getting the darn thing into the back of the truck. Jamie
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Dave,

Thanks for posting this. I don't have a Honda generator, but a contractor model I keep at the house for power outages in the winter.

I cut a peice of 3/4" plywood for a platform and mounted some castor wheels to it to roll it in and out of the garage but the plywood is developing a nice bow and doesn't roll all that well anymore. Your idea may work for me.
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Old 06-25-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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I like it! I'm off to my friendly Ace Hardware store for supplies. Now I need someone to come up with the cheap and easy hoist for getting the darn thing into the back of the truck. Jamie
That's my next project/purchase. A ramp to get it into the truck.
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:10 PM   #5
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I went the "off road" route, makes it very easy to load, just heft it up, get one wheel on the bed and it rolls in from there. Also amkes it very easy to roll around once on terra firma. Ran the lock through the tunnel the "axle" (a length of allthread) is in.

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I went the "off road" route, makes it very easy to load, just heft it up, get one wheel on the bed and it rolls in from there. Also makes it very easy to roll around once on terra firma. Ran the lock through the tunnel the "axle" (a length of allthread) is in.

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What speed rating are the tires? Are they load range C or D? Are the axles torsion allthread axles?
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What speed rating are the tires? Are they load range C or D? Are the axles torsion allthread axles?
Terry you just opened a can of worms. Now I'm wondering if the ones I installed need to be balanced.

I like the off road tire idea, the ones I installed won't roll in soft dirt if boondocking. One of the things I was concerned about is getting the center of gravity too high. Wasafari, any problems or tendencies with that?
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nope, doesn't want to tip at all, it's also very easy to "turn", just a little up pressure in the rear, a slight drag in the opposite direction and it turns on a dime.
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Good ideas guys.

I like the gig tires for boondocking but I also like the way Dave has a "dead axle" to keep it from rolling away. I'll probably do a kinda combo of both.
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Winch

If you want to use a ramp and winch combo to pull that 300 lb. beast up into your pick-up bed, Northern Tool has a neat little 12 VDC winch with a rated 1700 lb. of pulling power.

I just installed one in my van to pull my 500 lb.motorcycle in as you can't ride it or walk it in due to space limitations. It would work great with a generator. I would post a shot of it but it is currently burried under a bunch of stuff in the van. I'll get a shot of it next week when I unpack.

It is a Warn winch and IIRC, was $79. So far it works great! Couple it with a couple of cheap fold-up ramps and you're done!!! BTW, it also has reverse to lower the gen DOWN the ramp!!!
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One further consideration if you put large wheels on - You will need to remove the wheel on one side to open the side panel for access to the air cleaner. Make sure you mount the wheel on that side with a cotter or other removable pin.

Lewster, I like the small winch idea, especially for those with physical limitations.

I know your tongue was firmly in your cheek, but for the un-initiated, the Honda 3000 weighs about 145#, not 300#.
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My wheels on Honda eu3000is

This was relatively easy to fab, just about 8" of 2"x2" angle and some scrap 3/16" plate and a couple of $8 wheels from Northern Tools. Used all existing bolt/holes and didn't add weight after removing the original feet bracket (seen in photo). Access door opens a fully.

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Nice, I like the wheel set up you fabricated, I think I'll try that. What size are the wheels you used?
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