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When my kids got hoverboards for Christmas, I had no idea there was such a thing as a hoverboard seat kit. Now though, I'm not just in the know; I've built two, they've used them for a few weeks, and now I'm passing on all this information to you. (read more)
WHAT IS A HOVERBOARD GO KART SEAT?
Before we get started, if you'd like to read my original hoverboard post, you can check it out and come back.
If you're not new to hoverboards, let's go ahead and get started.
Basically, a hoverboard seat with handles is just what it sounds like, sort of. You are installing a hoverboard seat with handles, which means your child sits on the seat and steers/propels with the handles rather than their feet.
If you've ever seen an Ezyroller (or something similar), it's a lot like that, only the seat is not canvas and the hoverboard seat attachment makes up the back two wheels.
Also, you don't use your feet to propel you forward. It's all done with the handles.
Here's an Ezyroller.
A hoverboard seat attachment does not transform your hoverboard into a go kart, but it does make the hoverboard easily switch from being stand up, to sit down. I thought this was a pretty good idea because, while my kids love riding their hoverboards in the house, I wanted to make it easier to take outside.
If you have a hoverboard, you know that riding it on grass really isn't something you can do.
I can only speak to the hoverboard seat kart we got, but it absolutely is an offroad hoverboard seat. So, if you're looking for a way to give your child's hoverboard a little more functionality, keep reading.
I have a hoverboard seat video of the build, so if you'd like to watch it (it's in fast motion, so there aren't any build tips in the video) it's right here. Also, you can find a lot of other videos if you look up, "hoverboard seat youtube".
I promise to give you build tips further down.
HOVERBOARD SEAT ATTACHMENT VIDEO
HOVERBOARD KART SEAT ATTACHMENT
As you can see from the video, our hoverboard seat extension came in a bunch of different pieces, and we had to put it all together. Not all of the hoverboard extensions are like this, though, so if you don't love the Hiboy HC-02 (which we have), you can definitely look at other options, some of which come more fully assembled.
I chose the Hiboy HC-02 specifically because it had an elevated seat with shocks. I knew my boys would be riding this around the yard, so I wanted to save their bottoms from the many bumps and ruts (as much as I could). I also saw that it had a larger front wheel than many of the other hoverboard seat extension kits. To me, the bigger front wheel meant it would handle rough terrain better.
Here's the Hiboy Hc-02.
Compare it with the Hiboy HC-01 and you can see what I mean about the seat and the front wheel.
When you are choosing a seat for hoverboard lovers, make sure you think about where they'll be riding it. That seat and that bigger wheel might mean the difference between it getting a lot of use, and it being something you only take out on occasion when you can get them someplace with loads of flat concrete.
PUTTING A SEAT ON HOVERBOARD - WEAR AND TEAR
I really wanted to include this section because, as I've seen in the past few weeks, wear and tear when your kids are using a hoverboard seat with handles, they need to worry a whole lot less (not at all) about falling over. For my kids, this means all the speed, all the time.
They yank on those handles like they're (insert some famous race car driver here). The hoverboard extension has become a hoverboard drifting seat!
We're probably a special case, so let me explain before you decide a hoverboard seat extension isn't for you.
See, we live out in the sticks, and we have about 2.5 acres of land. But, before we built here, there was another house on the land that the owners burnt down (I'm assuming it was a controlled burn) and carted away before putting the land up for sale.
Now we have land with a house on it (our house), but in the front yard there is a huge slab that used to have the other house on it. We were going to demolish it when we moved in, but I'm SO glad we didn't. It makes an excellent basketball court, chalk canvas, and....race track.
My kids are on this slab with their hoverboard karts all the time. That means they're going fast, stopping fast, and drifting fast, all the time.
It really is causing a lot of wear and tear on the hoverboards, so if your kids are going to be using the karts in this manner, expect things to wear out faster. Already, I'm noting the tread on the tires is getting thinner, the hoverboards are very scraped up, and of course, when they're on the hoverboard karts, the batteries don't last as long because of the extra weight and constant speed.
HOVERBOARD SEAT INSTRUCTIONS
The Hiboy HC-02 came with good instructions. They were well written, pretty clear, and while it did take a solid hour to put together, it pretty much went as I expected.
There were a couple of points where I had to break into my husband's tool kit to do something a little faster, but for the most part Hiboy included everything we needed.
I did need to get an allen wrench from the tool box, only because I needed two of the same size. I'm sure there was another way to do it, but I couldn't figure it out. That said, I'm not super handy. Also, there was a nut on one of the only pieces that came preassembled that seemed to be loose. I needed to find a 17mm wrench for that, the circle kind, not the open kind. I'm sure there's a technical term for it, but I don't know what it is. Here's a picture.
I actually Googled, "Circle wrench" to find this picture. :)
If you get the Hiboy HC-02, you might need this wrench, so remember, 17mm!
The seat, once it's together, goes on and off the hoverboard fairly easily. It takes maybe 30 seconds to get it on and off, but it's better to haul around if you don't have the hoverboard seat attachment all hooked up. It's just really clunky, and actually quite heavy.
We leave the seats outside and bring the hoverboards in at night, rather than messing with all of it. If you've got a porch or a garage that isn't full, you could stick the seats in there to keep them out of the UV, which will undoubtedly cause it's own wear and tear given enough time.
The hoverboard seat straps can rub on the concrete or terrain, depending on how low to the ground your particular hoverboard is. We have the Swagtron T580 and the Swagtron T1, both are pictured below.
The T580 has not had any problem with the hoverboard seat straps rubbing, but the T1, which is lower, has. We've actually had to replace the straps on the T1 once already, and it's only been a few weeks.
Again though, this is my kids riding them constantly over concrete, gravel, dirt, etc.
Here is the Swagtron T580:
And here is theSwagtron T1. The difference in clearance is very slight, but it's enough to rub wrong if the kids don't have the straps tightened up correctly.
Both of these are available on Amazon, so if you Google, "seat for hoverboard Amazon", they'll both come up in suggested items.
That leads me to my next bit of information, the size of hoverboard this hoverboard seat with handles will actually fit.
It's a wide range, so probably it's not something you need to worry too much about. My kid's hoverboards are wider and less wide by about three inches, but the Hiboy HC-01 fits both without any issue.
It does say specifically that the Hiboy HC-01 will fit 6.5, 8, and 10 inch hoverboards. It also says it will NOT fit the Swagtron T6, Mega wheel TW01S-1 and Hover-1 Beast 10inch wheel. If you have one of those, the Hiboy HC-01 won't work.
HOVERBOARD SEAT REVIEWS
If you'll look on Amazon, you'll see a lot of different hoverboard seat options. I generally try to purchase products that have four star reviews or above. That said, please be aware that there are loads of products on Amazon that have fake reviews, so definitely check out my post about spotting fake Amazon reviews if the hoverboard extension seat you choose seems too good to be true.
That means stuff like:
All five star reviews
No verified purchases
Reviewers using the same name more than once
Reviews that use similar wording/stories
There are a lot of good hoverboard seat extensions, though, so finding one you like shouldn't be difficult.
HOVERBOARD SEAT ATTACHEMENT REPLACEMENT PARTS
I'm not saying you can get every single replacement part for you hoverboard seat with handles here, but you can definitely get things like a replacement seat, hoverboard replacement straps, and possibly even a hoverboard seat wheel replacement. Check out trainers4me if you're looking for a replacement part.
HOVERBOARD SEAT PRICES
Prices on a hoverboard seat with handle on Amazon are set pretty well in a tight price range. The low end would be around $75, the high end would be around $100. I paid $105 for the Hiboy HC-01, but it was more expensive because of the high seat, shocks, and chunky front wheel.
Once you figure out what your kids will be doing with the hoverboard seat attachment, and how often they'll be using it, you can then make a better decision regarding the features you do, and do not need.
I hope this post helps you pick that perfect seat! By all means, if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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