Your Projects: Modifying Power Wheels for the Young Automotive Enthusiasts in Our Lives

It’s never too soon to start a child down the road of car addiction, and there is perhaps no better way to get that journey started than with a Power Wheels.

Of course, this being Grassroots Motorsports, why give the child in your life a stock Power Wheels when you could give them one with a bit more pep?

A Power Wheels thread on our forum, started back in 2016, recently saw some new activity in the form of Disney Princess-themed Mustang and a pair of Razor motorbikes.

In case you don’t have a child in your life, however, you can always make plans for participating in the Power Wheels Attack at the next Hyperfest.


At any rate, check out the Power Wheels thread over on the Off-Topic Discussion Forum for some great ideas about how you can make the most out of the small electric karts.

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nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
11/16/20 10:24 a.m.

Awesome vid.  We live on a big hill -- when my kids burn up the gearboxes on their cars they just might become gravity racers  devil

slefain
slefain PowerDork
11/16/20 10:41 a.m.

Hmm, I kind of like the side pipe Photoshop on my daughter's Mustang. I have some PVC pipe sitting around too.

akylekoz
akylekoz SuperDork
11/16/20 10:51 a.m.

I always upgraded my kids with 12v lawn mower batteries.   Cheaper and they charge faster with a car charger.

Placed in the front as in a jeep they just go faster, place one in the rear of a Grave Digger model however and you get a wheelie machine.

Be careful putting a full sized car wing on one, it looks cool but sits well beyond the sides of the car and tends to get snagged my trees and stuff.

You didn't hear it from me.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
11/16/20 12:19 p.m.

Thanks, a car charger would indeed be way faster than the weak 1.5A chargers that come with these things.  I wish I'd thought of that!

pushrod36
pushrod36 Reader
11/17/20 2:19 p.m.

The mighty max batteries from Lowe's area awesome.  I do the 12v 35Ah.

Wrap the drive wheels in old bicycle tires to get them to hook up.  I have had the best luck with small sheet metal screws to attach them.  Do not increase the voltage if you do this; you'll blow the gearboxes.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
11/17/20 2:57 p.m.
pushrod36 said:

The mighty max batteries from Lowe's area awesome.  I do the 12v 35Ah.

What size is the original battery ?   I picked up a 12v 12AH battery at the swap meet the other day and wondered what it was for....

FieroReinke
FieroReinke New Reader
11/17/20 3:09 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

Duct tape also works well to add traction and is easily replaceable without tools or risk of screws coming out in the yard to be stepped on.  

P3PPY
P3PPY HalfDork
11/18/20 7:56 a.m.
californiamilleghia said:
pushrod36 said:

The mighty max batteries from Lowe's area awesome.  I do the 12v 35Ah.

What size is the original battery ?   I picked up a 12v 12AH battery at the swap meet the other day and wondered what it was for....

Original batteries tend to be like 9Ah or smaller. If you have a smaller one, 9Ah is often the same footprint so if you don't want to dremel out the insides or relocate that's the max size you can use

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