Information and photos below: How to install custom rubber tires and a variable speed accelerator pedal on stock 6 and 12 Volt Modified PowerWheels and Peg Perego vehicles.
These cars have been extremely modified from stock. The frames have been strengthened and the center of gravity
has been altered to enhance handling and stability. The Jeep has a much wider stance with the new setup.
We also lowered the Jeep and added/moved weight to make the car handle better and safer.
Also, the Ferrari carries it's 2 original batteries over the front tires to give it needed front end weight.
The Jeep carries about 3 pounds of lead in the left rear and it's batteries up front to achieve proper balance. The Ryobi drill works well until the kids go over about 40 pounds - too much weight or load will fry the drill.
Go Fast Girl in her red Feber Ferrari California vs her brother's Jeep Wrangler. When he attempts to block she yells GO!
Bump and Run Pass Video
Rubber Tires Rock!
$9.99 wheel and tire from surpluscenter.com 1-1789 13X5.00-6 WHEEL ASSY
Rubber Tires on a Peg Perego Polaris + 30 volts
Click for 18 Volt Milwaukee Drill Power for 20 mph. NOTICE the wide stance and rubber tires.
270001342 Switch Assembly
See information and photos below on how to install rubber tires and a variable speed accelerator pedal on stock 6 and 12 Volt Power Wheels and Peg Perego vehicles.
3 year old twins race their super fast modified Jeep Wrangler Power Wheels and Feber Ferrari California
powered by 18 volt Ryobi 2 speed cordless drill motor running in low speed. Relocated variable speed drill switch replaces standard Power Wheels
accelerator on/off switch for variable speed throttle. This variable speed accelerator pedal makes the car extremely drivable and
operates just like a real car. Acceleration is smooth and controllable. The kids love it - they can go 1 mph or 14 mph or any speed in between.
I also use the Ryobi variable speed drill swith under the accelerator pedal on their standard Power Wheels Jeep, Harley Davidson and Peg Gator.
(Ryobi Switch Assembly Part Number: 270016075 (discontinued) at ereplacementparts.com for $16.75 (now use 270001342 Switch Assembly or the beefier Milwaukee 28 volt Switch Category Number: 23-66-0023 for $45
) - see photo below) With a piece of diamond plate and some ingenuity you can easily
replace the standard PW on/off accelerator switch with the variable speed Ryobi drill switch. The electric hook-up is simple - power in from battery to bottom wires on switch
and out the top to the motors. Be careful to maintain polarity. Works great with 6, 12 and 18 volt motors. The standard Power Wheels "gas" pedal stays in place with the Ryobi drill switch replacing the standard on/off switch.
Again, this is an easy swap but it takes some craftsmanship, however, the effort is well worth your time. I have used the drill switch in all of my kid's cars and the kids adapt very quickly to the variable speed accelerator.
I like to hook up the Ryobi switch and get the electrical correct and running before I adapt the Ryobi switch to the Power Wheels pedal.
This from Nick Oct 5, 2013: After a bit of searching for a different switch (the model # you have on your website is no longer available FYI) and making a solid bracket, the variable switch works well.
The customer service folks at ereplacements weren't too much help providing me with information which switch is variable speed, so I went with a 18v sawzall switch.
It has a resistor/diode to work as a e-brake, so the car stops just like factory.
Welded up some mounts out of 16ga mild steel and viola... Attached is the final product. Thanks for your help!!
Beautiful job of farbricating the pedal by Nick!
Make certain that you keep the Ryobi drill in LOW speed, 440 rpm. The drill will not pull the weight in HIGH gear (not enough torque) - use LOW gear only!
LOW is good for 15 MPH depending on the tires you use. I use a 13 inch tire with a circumference of 40 inches on the Jeep. 40 inches x 440 rpm calculates to about 16 mph.
I always check the rotation speed of the rear tire vs the circumference before I allow the kids to drive it. If the wheel is spinning too fast I slow it down by limiting the range of the pedal.
Rubber tires for quiet operation and super traction. Rubber tires allow the cars to go in rain, snow and up grassy hills.
14+ mph speed from Ryobi drill. Instant acceleration. Smooth and quiet. Lithium power. Electric brake on drill stops car fast when
accelerator pedal fully lifted.
2 years and many hours of trouble free operation by Ryobi drill. Also, rubber tires and Ryobi drill switch have performed extremely well on standard Power Wheels cars and Peg John Deere.
Feber Ferrari frame with Ryobi drill and rubber slicks.
Ryobi drill and variable switch easy to use and withstands lots of abuse.
New fabricated axle slides into drill chuck.
(click image below for variable speed demo)
Power Wheels Jeep with Ryobi drill mounted upside down for motor.
(click image below for race)
RYOBI 18 VOLT COMPACT DRILL KIT
Ryobi Lithium Battery mounted in Ryobi charger remotely under hood.
Spare batteries on front bumper for quick swap and added front end weight. Quick lithium charge.
The larger replacement Ryobi battery gives about 20 to 30 minutes ride time.
Ryobi Drill Switch for Variable Speed Acceleration. at ereplacementparts.com
Works great with stock Power Wheels and Peg Perego motors
note: heat sink needs to be mounted seurely to drill switch or metal bracket
(click image below for Peg Perego Gator demo)
Ryobi Drill Switch Replaces Power Wheels Foot Control Switch.
(click image below for Power Wheels demo)
Mounting the Ryobi drill switch takes a little fabricating and creativity.
Simple positive and negative in the bottom and out the top of the switch to your motor.
I securely mount the Ryobi heat sink to the metal plate holding the drill switch.
This mod is well worth the effort. Kids love the smooth power and variable speed.
Ryobi also swtich works well with stock PW and Peg Perego motors 6, 12 or 18 volts
Click first image below for demo of 15 mph speed with Ryobi drill. This car is fast.
Power Wheels Harley Davidson with 12 volt conversion, variable speed pedal and rubber tires.
Going from 6 to 12 volts doubles the speed. Rubber tires rock!
Power Wheels Jeep with extra batteries under seat for 12 volt conversion.
Going from 6 to 12 volts doubles the speed. Rubber tires add speed and traction!
(click image below for demo of Smooth Acceleration with Standard PW Motors and Variable Speed Pedal)
See photos below for how to add rubber tires to standard Power Wheels axle assembly.
This is a wheelbarrow tire and wheel available at Lowes or Home Depot.
I have also used lawn tractor tires/wheels on their Power Wheels Jeep and Peg Perego John Deer Gator.
Power Wheels Driver Adapted to Wheel with Rubber Tire. PW driver slots pressure fit over 1/2" bolts.
Over 2 years of extreme abuse on original motors and drivers.
Bolts Thru Steel Wheel Hold PW Driver in Place. Axle ends drilled and pinned. 1/2" PEX water line for sleeve reduces 5/8" wheel to 1/2" PW axle.
Lawn Tractor Tires and Wheels from Lowes on Power Wheels Jeep. No comparison. Rubber tires well worth the effort! Front tires easy conversion.
lowes.com item number: 231822. 15x6" lawn tractor tires.
Rubber Tires on Green Power Wheels Jeep vs Standard Plastic Tires on Blue Jeep.
Taller rubber tires equal more traction and top speed.
Rubber tires super quiet compared to plastic.
lowes.com item number: 231822. 15x6" lawn tractor tires. This wheel has been adapted to a Power Wheels Jeep.
PW standard driver meshes with bolts installed into wheel.
1/2" PEX waterline makes a great sleeve to adapt 5/8" wheel to 1/2 PW axle.
Peg John Deere Gator with Adapted Rubber Lawn Tractor Tires from Lowes. Peg Perego John Deere Gator with rubber tires goes in snow.
(click image below for demo)
Outside of Gator wheel showing bolts for 3" Schedule 40 PVC FLAT cap bolted on inside of wheel.
FLAT 3" black Schedule 40 PVC FLAT cap thru bolted to wheel.
Peg John Deere Gator 3" PVC Schedule 40 coupler cut and adapted to red Gator rear wheel driver.
I actually cut the coupler and the cap shorter than necessary.
You should be able to leave them basically full size and then use less pipe to connect them.
2 years of trouble fee operation. Gator climbs grassy hills with ease.
Peg Perego John Deere Gator 3" Schedule 40 PVC FLAT cap and pipe custom made wheel adapters.
Gator 3" PVC wheel adapters with 3" Schedule 40 PVC pipe for axle spacers glued into the PVC FLAT cap.