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Great Ways To Mod Your Power Wheels
Kids love Power Wheels, but Dad's love to mod them! Here are some ideas.
We just got a Power Wheels for my daughter, so I started looking around for info about them. Pretty soon, I got sucked into the idea of modifying it (at least a little) and was amazed by some of the things that have been done to them. While I don't think that she is quite ready for some of the faster modifications (I have seen sites claiming 45mph!), we are definitely working on lights, traction and a few other ideas. We shall see where it all ends up. In the mean time, here are some ideas and links.
Get a Remote Kill Switch From Amazon
Well, the thing that got me started looking at modifying our Power Wheels was that I really wanted a remote kill switch and ours did not come with one. This is the one that I was advised to use.
See "http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/forum/topic.asp..." for more information on wiring it all up.
Add Traction With Bike Tires
Power Wheels are fun, but other than being great for drifting, the wheels suck. On idea to solve this is to take a bike wheel (slightly smaller), cut off the side walls so you get a flat band of tred and then force it on over the tire. Heating it in the microwave can help soften it, just make sure not to overcook it! If it is loose, you can add a few screws to help hold it in place. Once you are done, you have a tire with real rubber tread.
Depending on terain, I have also seen people just screw on strips of rubber across the tire at a diagonal to give a paddle effect. If you do this remember to go diagonal so that you don't make the ride bumpier.
Add Working Headlights
Using LEDs and a little wiring, you can quickly add working lights to your ride.
There is a useful forum section here "" and a tutorial about using LEDs here "http://www.theledlight.com/ledcircuits.html"
The Wilder Side of Power Wheels Videos On YouTube
Sometimes parents (okay, usually Dads) go a little overboard with the mods. Here are a few of the best from YouTube. I have to admit, I was pretty tempted by some of these!
Make It Remote Control
I'm not kidding! A number of people have made thiers remote controlled so that they can let kids start slowly. I love it and am really tempted, but my daughter is big enough that I think that a remote kill switch will be good enough.
There is a forum section here: "http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/forum/forum.asp..."
YouTube Power Wheels Modification Videos
Here are some more useful ideas and tutorials for modifying your Power Wheels.
And Of Course, You Can Always Make It Faster
Eventually, your kids are a little older and they can handle a little more speed. People often add another 6V or 12V battery to give the car a little more speed There is a great forum here "http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/forum/forum.asp..." talking about all kids of improvements.
Of course, some people go a little further and put in a gas engine for a lot of extra speed! It can get a little crazy though.