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    Electric Sahara

    My son was born a little while ago, so I was on the hunt for my childhood fantasy. Found one for 30 bucks sans batteries & charger.
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    I had a spare Boost box that I cut up to make a pretty cool, on board charging station. it shows the charge condition by pressing a button, the condition while charging, and it has a lighter port to charge/run stuff off.

    I added a 30 amp breaker so it shuts off on really steep climbs , or when a tire gets wedged in something. Should help save the gears, and motors.

    I also added a main shut down switch on the column for saftey. The main reason for using the boost box, other then it being free, was that it is a sealed gel cell, battery.
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    Another good thing is that the charger is super simple, and is the same for most booster packs.

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    now that is cool
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    neat build. I didn't know these things were so popular.

    never thought about using the boost pack, great idea.

    have you tried it out?

    did you see JKMotorsports?

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    I Personally have not takin it for a rip, but my nefu, and anouther3 yr. old has. It's only got the fast speed(12volts) now. Stock it has 2 6 volt batteries, and can use 6 volts for a slower speed. Most kids never use the slow speed anyway.

    I have seen JKmotorsports's ride. I like the paint! If I find another one I may buld it so I (all 215 lbs.) can ride it. Think gas motor, and real tires!

    I never thought about the power pack untill i looked into the price of the replacement batteries, and a charger. I had an small one someone gave me at christmas I would never use anyways, so I cut it up. It's really safe for the kids how it turned out. There is no open battery trerminals, and the battery is sealed, etc.
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    neat build. I didn't know these things were so popular.

    never thought about using the boost pack, great idea.

    have you tried it out?

    did you see JKMotorsports?

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    If you did want the slow speed,

    take a look at this, its from http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/f...TOPIC_ID=14399

    Just use the 12V battery, and use the wiring diagram on the left here.

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    I've rewired one with 4x40A solenoids for a customer once. His grandson was rough and he'd burn out the contacts. I added relays & a heat sink, and replaced the 2 6vs with a single gel 12V with a lot more capacity. And I stuck bulbs in the headlights...hahaha!

    Picked up a lightly used one for my god-daughter too. She loves it, and every kid in the summer park has one so it's not unusual to see a dozen or more go motoring past.
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    Lucky kids get to go wheelin the local park and no one cares :P

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    Ya, mine runs off a 12v 425cca Lawn Mower battery and has healights and cornerlamps, we've cruised for 40min+ with hardly any sign of dying!

    They can be addicitive. I have a 12v through shaft motor at work to do steering and going to make mine remote control so I don't need to contort myself to fit but so he will still be able to control it down the road.
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    The electric Sahara gets a cage.

    Well, the Little Jeep is going strong, and getting used. I keep it at my parents for the Grandkids( 1 of mine, and two of my sisters).

    My parents can't keep up with it, and The biggest kid (4 yrs.) is getting brave with it. He has rolled it a few times. I put a 30 Amp breaker to stop it from climbing steep hills, but he has figured out how to get a run at things.

    Now he puts his little bro in with him (2 yrs.), so my dad is getting nervous about the little guy getting hurt.

    Dad told me to put seat belts in it, so I decided to cage it, and add "Y" type three point harnesses.

    The cage is 1" x .080(about 3/32) wall tube from a chair i found. The harnesses are going to be made from heavy suspenders my dad has.

    I think it looks cool. I had to make it real tall to clear there heads by enough that they don't knock themselves. The bars will gett padded.

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    Thats crazy.....cool
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    Do you have room for a second Gel cell? Then you could add a relay and switch to change it from parallel to series and give it double the range until you hit the turbo boost button.



    Glad to see the cage to stiffen it up, despite it's looks, it's still a unibody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LugNutz View Post
    Do you have room for a second Gel cell? Then you could add a relay and switch to change it from parallel to series and give it double the range until you hit the turbo boost button.



    Glad to see the cage to stiffen it up, despite it's looks, it's still a unibody.
    I like the idea of the of the two speed, and might do something up in the future. There is a way too split the voltage on a single batt. too, because there are two seperate drive motors. I bought this for my kid, but he's not big enough yet, so I may do something for him if he can't handle it when the time comes.

    The little Gel cell thats in it now never slows down, and it's atleast 10 years old. I can't belive the range it has considering it's a Smaller battery then the original two it had. My pop's says it out lasts him, and it runs for hours. It's keeping the grandparents young. Now the can just grab the cage instead of bending down, or kicking the kill switch I wired up on the column.

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    Finished the cage, and belts

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ID:	68367finshed welding the cage, and my dad put a tie down strap for a lap belt. We padded it with pipe insolation.

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