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Old April 2nd, 2019, 07:20 AM   #1
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So the time has come to buy my son a power wheels or something of the sorts, being a jeep guy in leaning towards something like this...

Best Choice Products 12V Ride On Car Truck w/ Remote Control, 3 Speeds, Spring Suspension, LED Light Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072865HYJ..._jm1OCb4M08CVE

But I'm somewhat intrigued by the idea of being able to upgrade it to 24v at some point in the future. Just looking for some input from the community here in your experiences and whether it's worth it to buy something nicer or to just get by as cheap as possible until he's ready for a gas utv?
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Old April 2nd, 2019, 07:35 AM   #2
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I'm interested in this as well since my son will be turning 1 in May.
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IMO, I would just buy something cheap. I think they'll grow out of it too quickly to get your money out of it.

Buy something cheap, and save the extra money towards a nice little 90cc kids quad.
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at one point or another we have had just about every shape and size of these things buy far the one that lasted the longest is this one

http://www.thenightowlmama.com/2009/...-review-2.html

http://www.thenightowlmama.com/2009/...-review-2.html

stick with one brand that way the batteries are interchangeable

when it is bran new coat the tires with flex seal or something like that, as the drive will kill the tires quick

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Old April 2nd, 2019, 08:42 AM   #5
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Buy something cheap, and save the extra money towards a nice little 90cc kids quad.
My daughter has been bugging me to teach her to drive my quad....damn...I should really think about getting my kids a little quad
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We had a power wheels jeep that I bought at Costco. It lasted for both of my girls and we passed it on to a family friend. I believe they had to put a fresh battery in it. I think we had it for probably 7 or 8 years.

It seemed to take the abuse well. The only mod I ever had to do was to weld a washer on the rear axle to keep a wheel from falling off.
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Yeah I'm thinking a two seater would be cool for my son and nephew to use at the same time. But I agree that it might not make sense to spend too much on this thing at it'll only last a couple of years
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So the time has come to buy my son a power wheels or something of the sorts, being a jeep guy in leaning towards something like this...

Best Choice Products 12V Ride On Car Truck w/ Remote Control, 3 Speeds, Spring Suspension, LED Light Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072865HYJ..._jm1OCb4M08CVE

But I'm somewhat intrigued by the idea of being able to upgrade it to 24v at some point in the future. Just looking for some input from the community here in your experiences and whether it's worth it to buy something nicer or to just get by as cheap as possible until he's ready for a gas utv?
If I recall the Best Choice vehicles have a control board that has to be bypassed to go 24V. In all reality to go 24v takes some serious mods, ESC and the such. By that time they will be ready for a go kart most likely.
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I guess buying that power wheels jeep for $20 with no batteries but a new sticker kit wasn't a bad buy after all.

Cruise garage sales and fb marketplace and craigslist. shining up an older one seems to do a better job than the chinesium they make now
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I guess buying that power wheels jeep for $20 with no batteries but a new sticker kit wasn't a bad buy after all.

Cruise garage sales and fb marketplace and craigslist. shining up an older one seems to do a better job than the chinesium they make now
Yup that what I did for the grand kids. Then hooked up a lawnmower battery to it and they love it!
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I guess buying that power wheels jeep for $20 with no batteries but a new sticker kit wasn't a bad buy after all.

Cruise garage sales and fb marketplace and craigslist. shining up an older one seems to do a better job than the chinesium they make now
Yep that is what we did between my 2 kids and there 6 cousins we have 6 of them in our fleet we bought 1 brand new and from there we started collecting them from FB, Mom2Mom sales, and C-list


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My parents bought my first daughter a regular old Barbie jeep for her first birthday. We've had it 7.5 years and its now shared amongst four children and beat on mercilessly. The jeep just keeps going, and still on the original battery! The kids typically get 1-3 hours on a charge with mixed use. I charge the battery religiously with a timer and owe the credit of the long life to that.


We have gone through two sets of the plastic tires, but it still rips. I'd buy whatever and if you take car of it, it should last a long time.
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Old April 3rd, 2019, 03:04 PM   #13
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I think I'm going to look into riveting a bicycle tire or something to the plastic to get some more traction.
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I think I'm going to look into riveting a bicycle tire or something to the plastic to get some more traction.
RBB made a good suggestion above. Coat the tires with Flex seal.
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A buddy gave me one of the bigger versions of the Powerwheels Jeeps, it's even got 2 forward speeds. There are 2 different sizes of them, the bigger ones are way better. It's old and weathered, no battery, but free. I cleaned it up and painted it and threw in a 12V ATV battery. Thing is a rocket! The higher CCA battery helps for sure compared to the factory. It sat in the shed all winter too and when we pulled it out it was still ready to ride.
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My mom bought my son the blue mustang for Xmas. He’s only 2.5 years old but enjoys sitting in it. We’ll take it to a huge lot when it’s warm out as his cousins can’t wait to get their hands on it either. They’re 7 and 8.

Thanks for the flex seal idea, I’ll consider doing it.

I found this link for battery upgrades info
https://moneyrhythm.com/projects/kid...heels-battery/

I can’t post a pic since I’m at the mercy of photobucket. If someone is willing to email me I’ll send a pic of him in it for shits and giggles.
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My parents bought this one for my nephew on his first birthday, He'll be 12 in June and my Niece (7) and my two oldest boys (3 & 4) have all given it there best attempts on killing it, still going strong only had to replace the battery a couple times in 11 years.

That being said it is small and slow and they all outgrew it by the time they were 2 1/2 or so.

I'd look into buying a used one on the cheap to get him by until internal combustion becomes life

https://fisher-price.mattel.com/shop...7760?sale=true
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My parents bought this one for my nephew on his first birthday, He'll be 12 in June and my Niece (7) and my two oldest boys (3 & 4) have all given it there best attempts on killing it, still going strong only had to replace the battery a couple times in 11 years.

That being said it is small and slow and they all outgrew it by the time they were 2 1/2 or so.

I'd look into buying a used one on the cheap to get him by until internal combustion becomes life

https://fisher-price.mattel.com/shop...7760?sale=true
Those things are awesome. We have one as well, got it at a garage sale for $5. Bought a battery and it's been going strong ever since, even after my wife's cousin's boyfriend's idiot kit tried to fully run it over with the previously mentioned Powerwheels Jeep.
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Pulled the trigger on this one...

Best Choice Products 12V Ride On Car Truck w/ Remote Control, 3 Speeds, Spring Suspension, LED Light Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072865HYJ..._ijHPCbZNV3JKN

Figure it will be good enough for the time being and it looks just like dad's! Click image for larger version

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Pulled the trigger on this one...

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