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Old 27 July 2014, 08:01   #1
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Copying Zodiac pneumatic wheel system?

The 380 Im looking at has the following on the transom, button clip at the bottom and the clip the metal wheel tubes clip into at the top, but wheels are rods are long gone. How hard would they be to copy?

To be honest I dont know how they work.

Where can genuine replacement ones be bought from?
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Old 27 July 2014, 13:33   #2
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All Zodiacs come with the buttons as far as I know, at least mine did, but it had never had those style of wheels used. Instead you might be better off just putting on a regular folding set. Go for a set of Beach Masters if you can get a good price.
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Just had a look at the Beach Master site, very impressive indeed and at approx 175, expensive but look to be a good investment. Had I seen these before I bought a new set of wheels last week, I would have splashed the cash and bought those.

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so all aerotec 380s have the buttons at the bottom for wheels?

i think these would be the originals, or similar http://www.ronhalemarine.co.uk/superbasket/product/840/Zodiac/Bombard_Tender_Launch_Wheel_Kit

Yes id love some beachmasters but cant afford them.

I see those kayak dinghy trolley type wheel sets for $80, they might be an interim solution until we can afford the real deal.

If I wanted to remove the existing buttons (about 20mm across) and the locks at the top, what would I fill the transom with?
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so all aerotec 380s have the buttons at the bottom for wheels?

i think these would be the originals, or similar http://www.ronhalemarine.co.uk/superbasket/product/840/Zodiac/Bombard_Tender_Launch_Wheel_Kit

Yes id love some beachmasters but cant afford them.

I see those kayak dinghy trolley type wheel sets for $80, they might be an interim solution until we can afford the real deal.

If I wanted to remove the existing buttons (about 20mm across) and the locks at the top, what would I fill the transom with?
If you need to fill holes from previous fittings, I always use Sikaflex 291i, brilliant stuff but don't get it on your hands as it doesn't want to come off.

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I see those kayak dinghy trolley type wheel sets for $80, they might be an interim solution until we can afford the real deal.
You would be better off making something for less money. Kayak ones aren't wide enough to be stable.

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If I wanted to remove the existing buttons (about 20mm across) and the locks at the top, what would I fill the transom with?
The buttons are actually drilled pretty large and deep. I had remove mine. I would recommend filling them with epoxy. As to the locks at the top, I would recommend having some kind of eye bolts at the top for towing things.
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