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Old 04-18-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
Dave G Clarke
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DIY bumper plates

Hi all,

I have a question which may well be met with horror and shock from many of you.

I have a cast iron or steel set of weights and barbell.

But I really like oly lifting.

As I canít afford a nice set of oly weights, I thought that I might get away with using two tires with plates attached to bring the bore of the hub down to the same as the barbell.

After a bit of googling, I found that others had already done the same:

So I was quietly pleased with myself. However, in all the cases I found, I only saw tires on these peopleís barbells. As a single unit, a wheel and tire is not light. But when oly lifting, it isnít all that heavy, either.

How bad would it be to put my iron plates on the bar along with the tires? I was thinking that Iíd deflate the tires to that they were squishy but resilient, and maybe some rubber spacers between the iron plates to stop the banging against each other so hard.

Itís all very ghetto I know, but I just canít afford proper oly equipment for the time being.


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Old 04-20-2010, 10:31 AM   #2
Hugh Gilmore
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Re: DIY bumper plates

/expierimentation is the mother of knowledge .

Try it and let us know how you get on. the link you provided seems to be a good answer if you can finad a welder who will do it for you.

remember though if you are doing this to avoid spending money in the short term thats ok,

but i blew £800 a good bar an bumpers not because i could afford (still in Uni) it but because it was a lifetime investment, kind of like a house. if you are going to eventually want bumpers find a way to make it happpen it will cost less in the long run.

but also tyres look cool on a bar .

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Old 04-22-2010, 07:12 PM   #3
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Re: DIY bumper plates

I've done this and mine are even more ghetto. I use trailer tires that are smaller than truck ones. I do put the iron plates on along with the tires. I only use 35# and 25# or smaller. I'm not strong enough to use more. My collars are super cheap two piece jobbers from the local sports store. The two pieces come apart and one part fits perfectly through the hole of the tire. THe halves of the collars screw together so it is all pretty stable. WAY cheaper than bumpers and plenty good for my cleans and snatches...
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