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Racing Power Wheels

Before our first child was even born, my wife has constantly talked about signing her up for skiing, snowboarding, go carting, rollerblading, and whatever you can think of. After having her and, now, having our son, my wife couldn't wait to put them in Power Wheels. If you have never heard of Power Wheels, they are electronic motor vehicles for little people (kids). And they cost about $300 each. So we've talked on and off about looking for $50 imitations at China town.

Two weeks ago, my wife took our kids on a stroll down the block and there were two kids driving around two Power Wheels: a Barbie Cadallac Escalade and an Eliminator dune buggy. My daughter was almost two, but she did not understand the concept of ownership. So she signed with her hands and fingers that she wanted to ride the Power Wheels. She wondered when it would be her turn.

But what luck!? The mother of the kids mentioned to my wife that they brought it out because they were going to sell it in a garage sell the next day. $50 each was what she wanted. My wife and I were more than happy to hand over $50 each to make our dreams a reality.

The Power Wheels were in good shape. The hard plastic wheels were well worn, but nothing I can't fix up.

After all, I've been modifying real cars and racing them for years. I've kind of given up that hobby to focus more on my kids and family. But what great fun it would be to transfer that knowledge to their Power Wheels?

I have several ideas on how to improving the Power Wheels to make them real racing machines. And I will perform those improvements in the next few weeks, while posting articles on how to do them on my GearHack web site. As I write these articles, I will provide links to this blog post.

Stayed tuned.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 03 Jul 2009 01:04:06 +0000

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