All Power Wheels are indeed kid-sized. Even if there are huge alternatives available now, all of them are made with children in mind. However, Power Wheels may be adapted in a number of ways that make them safe and fun for older riders as well.
Spending time with your kids while riding power wheels is a blast. However, I’m wondering if there are also adult-sized power wheels available.
Here on the blog, we’ll examine the truths and legends around this topic in order to provide a thorough response to this question.
Do They Make Power Wheels For Adults?
False. Adults should not use power wheels. Though there are now extra-huge choices available, they are still made with youngsters in mind.
However, there are various ways you can modify power wheels, so they are suitable for adults. Below we take a look at how you can make these modifications.
How to Modify Power Wheels For Adults
Increase the power output
An increase in power output results in a more powerful and quicker-moving toy. You can boost the battery’s output by upgrading to a higher voltage model.
You can swap out the 12V battery for a higher voltage 18V or 24V battery, for example.
However, changing the voltage means you have to change the motor, gearbox, and possibly wiring to one that’s compatible with the higher voltage. This will help avoid any burnout or similar problems.
This is because the motor will have to work harder, and it can’t handle that if it’s not made for higher voltages.
Another option is to turn it replace the motor, and upgrade it to a motorcycle engine. This will turn the vehicle into gas and give it a lot more power, and at this point, you are basically turning it into a go-kart.
Increase the size and width of tires
You are going to require more traction and grip, and you can do this by increasing the size of your tires. This is because more tire surface area will mean that the Power Wheel has a lot of traction and grip.
So, if you want to make your toy suitable for adults or heavier people, then this stage is one you need to look at.
However, be aware that increasing the size of tires means having to upgrade your rims too, otherwise, they would break under pressure from bigger tires.
When making these adjustments (to make it fit for adults), you can also install a suspension system. If you frequently drive on rough terrain or at high speeds, installing a quality set of shocks will make a huge difference in your ride comfort.
Assuming you equip your vehicle with suspension, riding through rough terrain will be less jarring for the rider.
Add a roll cage or safety bar.
This is another thing that will make your power wheel suitable for adults, especially if they are going to drive through rugged terrain.
This means adding a strong steel roll-cage around where the driver sits, which adds extra protection from broken glass in case of an accident and other items on tracks like rocks or branches etc.
You should also add a metal rod with handles so people have something to hang onto while driving. This keeps them safe in case of any sudden stops/balance loss issues when riding over uneven ground.
It’s not just little kids who need added safety measures either; older teens do too.
You may want to use a bigger seat.
Changing the seat(s) is another thing you can do when making these modifications so it’s suitable for adults. This is because the seats on most power wheels are really small and not designed to fit an adult in comfortably – if at all.
So this means bigger seats, which again makes your toy more suitable to drive along rougher tracks without causing too much discomfort or pain to the driver.
Modify the material
Some power wheels are made of plastic which can be a problem for adult drivers. This is because adults are heavier than kids, and plastic breaks much easier under pressure from the weight of an adult body.
So if you want to make your power wheel suitable for driving by someone who weighs more than 60-80 pounds, then this stage is one that needs looking at too.
You may want to reinforce the chassis with metal bars and the like and reinforce the body of it to make sure that when adults drive in rocky conditions, they don’t cause any damage to the chassis.
Replace small nuts and screws with bigger, stronger ones
While this may require a bit of engineering knowledge, you can replace the small nuts and screws with bigger ones. This is because adults are often much stronger than kids (especially when they weigh more), which means that smaller parts aren’t designed to handle their strength, even if it’s unintentional.
Install brakes on each wheel so you can stop more easily when needed
The brakes on each wheel are a must-have. This is because power wheels aren’t designed to stop on command, and it’s often difficult for kids (especially younger ones) to get them turned off when they need to be stopped at times.
So this means installing brakes of some sort so the driver can use their foot or hand to press down on the brake and stop it when they want to.
Add a reverse gear
Just like adding brakes, you should also add a gear that goes in the opposite direction too. This is because most Power Wheels are designed for forwarding motion only, which isn’t enough if there’s something behind them or another car coming at them etc.
So this means adding reverse gear, and it will make your Power Wheels suitable for adults.
Power Wheels for Adults FAQs
Most manufacturers overlook the adult market when designing motorized wheels, yet it’s simple to adapt a toy for grownups. You should be able to get started with this process by following the advice we’ve given below on what to change.
Another option for adults is to check out the best go-kart designs. A go-kart can hold an adult easily and is always fun to work on with the kids.
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