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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-03-2018, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Dog Rack/Carrier

Hey everyone. Brand new to the site and a brand new polaris owner. Got a great deal on a leftover 2018 sportsman 570 hunter edition a few weeks back. Done a couple modifications since I picked it up and this site sure has come in handy. Figured I'd do my part and share a little project I did over the weekend for anyone else who might be interested. After looking extensively online for a dog carrier for my sportsman, it seems as there is limited options. EXPENSIVE options. I take my dogs just about everywhere with me, whether it be the lake, the trails or anywhere that offers adventure. The price for these manufactured dog carriers is steep and I thought I could fab something up for a fraction of the price and that's exactly what I did. It's not super professional and it surely isnt as nice as the custom made ones online, but it's solid, it works and it only cost me about 140$ to build. Figured I'd post some pictures to give ya'll some DIY ideas if you were in the market for a similar product. Let me know what you think and I'd be happy to answer any questions.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-03-2018, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry, forgot to add that the carrier is made simply out of an atv cargo rack I purchased online and 1 1/2" abs pipe. Pipe "t" fittings, 90 degree elbows and some assorted hardware tied it all together. Added some pipe insulation on the top and a rubber shop mat I cut to fit the bottom of the rack for protection.
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Dude! that is a rockin setup.

Got a parts/price list as to how you did it and where you bought the parts from? I might do that myself for my pup...(ok, he's a 75lb shepard mix that thinks he's a lap dog...haha).
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Appreciate it! It serves its purpose. I have 2 large lap crushers as well lol. One is about 70lbs (lab/pit) the other about 50lbs (lab/a**hole) and it holds them safe and securely. I'd be happy to provide a parts list with some steps. I'm out for work this week but I'll take some measurements and a few more pictures this weekend if you'd like.

For starters, here is the atv rack I purchased off of amazon. Everything else was purchased at local hardware store:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...lvOT2x9OQbLBlK
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That's nice. They are a bit on the pricey side for sure, but we have had ours for 8 years now and it was a bit cheaper then than now. Mounts using the Polaris lock n ride mounts. It also swapped directly over from my wifes 500 to her 570 Touring. Our two go everywhere with us, with the exception of Moab.
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Awesome pics bob. The dogs can always tell we've been out having fun without them so a carrier was a must lol. I was looking at the dusty dawgs carrier but I figured if I was going to spend the money, I was going to get the options I wanted. After adding those options I was looking at $500+ and that flipped my cheap redneck engineering switch. I liked the idea of the lock and ride attaching system but the way my carrier hangs off the back and the weight of 2 well fed dogs, I think the leverage would put too much stress on the rack. Also not quite sure how the lock and ride rubber anchors would hold up with that much leverage on them. I anchored on both the rack and rear bumper and it's pretty rock solid. Glad you enjoy their product though, it looks like it works really well for your application. Ill be happy if mine holds up half as long as yours lol.
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Your little dog looks like my little dog.
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Awesome pics bob. The dogs can always tell we've been out having fun without them so a carrier was a must lol. I was looking at the dusty dawgs carrier but I figured if I was going to spend the money, I was going to get the options I wanted. After adding those options I was looking at $500+ and that flipped my cheap redneck engineering switch. I liked the idea of the lock and ride attaching system but the way my carrier hangs off the back and the weight of 2 well fed dogs, I think the leverage would put too much stress on the rack. Also not quite sure how the lock and ride rubber anchors would hold up with that much leverage on them. I anchored on both the rack and rear bumper and it's pretty rock solid. Glad you enjoy their product though, it looks like it works really well for your application. Ill be happy if mine holds up half as long as yours lol.
We just happened to meet the Dusty Dawgs owner out on the trails one day. We stopped to ask him about the carrier he had his dog in. Talked for a while and turns out he lives about 30 miles from us. He gave me his business card, and the rest is history.
Nobody builds a dog carrier for the Polaris General yet, so I had to come up with my own design and have a buddy build if for me. They have lots of room in there so not worried about them falling out of the rear.
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Your little dog looks like my little dog.
Wow. She is a Coon Hound/Beagle mix. Fortunately more Beagle sized at 50 lbs.
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2015 Sportsman 570 Touring EPS, 26" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on ITP Delta Steel wheels, Warn XT25, Iron Baltic HDPE Skid Plates (Mine)
2015 Sportsman 570 Touring EPS, 26" Kenda Bearclaw HTR's on ITP Delta Steel wheels, Warn Vantage 3000, Elka Stage 1 Shocks, Warn Mid-Mount Plow (Wife's)

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Oh wow... Your dog is a lot bigger than mine. My old beagle Polly was a bigger girl at 40lbs but she enjoyed her laziness.
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