They say it’s always good to get some exercise in wherever you go, but I don’t think “they” meant anything like this.
Novice Garage, a group of YouTubers who thrive on making tires out of anything remotely round, are at it again. They’ve already made dune buggy tires out of soft saran wrap, so why not try the polar opposite and make ATV wheels out of some cold, hard gym weights?
The poor ATV to be experimented on this time is a 2002 Honda 400EX. The team aims to strap a couple of 25-pound bench press weights onto the rear and to do this, they have to add some extra bolts and pop out the excess studs.
After popping out the studs and fitting the ATV with a new battery, they get to work on turning the weights into bonafide wheels. The guys drill four holes that will allow the weights to be fitted onto the ATV’s axles. Since these aren’t your run-of-the-mill wheels, they also add a couple of extra nuts and screws that give the weights some added space and keep the ATV more level.
As you would expect, normal weights just can’t be used as a replacement for rubber ATV wheels. They don’t even get to drift half a doughnut with the ATV before the weights crumble and break under the pressure.
Never discouraged, the guys try their crazy idea once again, this time with steel weights.
With the change in weight material, the ATV can actually run smoothly both off-road and on. Heck, Novice Garage even manages to pull off a couple of doughnuts, drifts, and even a short wheelie using the steel weight rear tires (though the blue rubber of the left wheel did fall off).
While the left wheel ended up becoming loose after rigorous drive tests, both steel weight wheels proved to be successes. It’s good to know that should you ever get a flat tire on your ATV while at the gym, you can always pop on some weights for the ride home.
Novice Garage has tons more videos where they toy around with vehicles, all of which can be found on their YouTube channel.