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Recommend for ages 3-7 years of age. Steel frame and metal side bars offer study support for up to 130 lbs. - Discombobulated

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Was about to buy the dune racer green on Amazon new for around $240 (seemed like one of the most reliable 2 seaters in the range.) But then later that day found same car in a Goodwill for $75 very lightly used almost no tire wear a little sun fading on one corner so I bet it sat in the sun a bit with little use. Said battery wouldn't hold a charge which didn't matter to me I planned to change it out anyway.
These come with 12v 7-9aH batteries. I got a 12v 20aH battery off Amazon for $38 and a much better charger for $25. Often these batteries get fried from leaving them on charge. So investing in a good charger is smart. I got a few connectors off amazon, already had a heat gun to secure the heat shrink. Gutted the stock battery for its connector so I could leave the vehicle with stock wiring.

Connectors $29: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01D3B4QHU/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Battery $40: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KC39BE6/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Charger $25: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009IBJAS/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Put an inline breaker or fuse in the wire. You might be able to steal the one inside power wheels battery. I used this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000NI5DCY/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The aftermarket battery fit surprisingly well in the battery chamber I only had to clip a little plastic that's inside for securing battery in place. Attached the charger and plug wiring to the battery's bolts so I can just open it up and plug the charger in. It is a tight fit but now my car has more than double run time, the voltage is a little higher than 12v. Overall it was very easy took less than an hour. The breaker/fuse should be close to battery in positive line, here is some info: http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=696

Very happy with results. In the near future I will buy a 2nd battery put it in the front trunk on the car run them in series for 24v until the stock motors burn up then I'll put some better motors in with gearboxes to match.

As stock the car is great and runs pretty fast. I can't imagine this desert variation is much different. It does have the flat tires that perform a little differently, these tires are present on all their new versions. $180 is a good price.
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Looks very similar to the dune buggy series (ours is green). Holds up pretty well but the batteries have been hit or miss. If you're on the fence - get a 12V over a 6V any day of the week, even if it cowts more $$.
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Was about to buy the dune racer green on Amazon new for around $240 (seemed like one of the most reliable 2 seaters in the range.) But then later that day found same car in a Goodwill for $75 very lightly used almost no tire wear a little sun fading on one corner so I bet it sat in the sun a bit with little use. Said battery wouldn't hold a charge which didn't matter to me I planned to change it out anyway.
These come with 12v 7-9aH batteries. I got a 12v 20aH battery off Amazon for $38 and a much better charger for $25. Often these batteries get fried from leaving them on charge. So investing in a good charger is smart. I got a few connectors off amazon, already had a heat gun to secure the heat shrink. Gutted the stock battery for its connector so I could leave the vehicle with stock wiring.

Connectors $29: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01D3B4QHU/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Battery $40: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KC39BE6/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Charger $25: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009IBJAS/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Put an inline breaker or fuse in the wire. You might be able to steal the one inside power wheels battery. I used this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000NI5DCY/ref=ya_aw_od_pi?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The aftermarket battery fit surprisingly well in the battery chamber I only had to clip a little plastic that's inside for securing battery in place. Attached the charger and plug wiring to the battery's bolts so I can just open it up and plug the charger in. It is a tight fit but now my car has more than double run time, the voltage is a little higher than 12v. Overall it was very easy took less than an hour. The breaker/fuse should be close to battery in positive line, here is some info: http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=696

Very happy with results. In the near future I will buy a 2nd battery put it in the front trunk on the car run them in series for 24v until the stock motors burn up then I'll put some better motors in with gearboxes to match.

As stock the car is great and runs pretty fast. I can't imagine this desert variation is much different. It does have the flat tires that perform a little differently, these tires are present on all their new versions. $180 is a good price.
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Shipping is NOT free. It is $40 due the over size/ heavy surcharge.
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Was about to buy the dune racer green on Amazon new for around $240 (seemed like one of the most reliable 2 seaters in the range.) But then later that day found same car in a Goodwill for $75 very lightly used almost no tire wear a little sun fading on one corner so I bet it sat in the sun a bit with little use. Said battery wouldn't hold a charge which didn't matter to me I planned to change it out anyway.
These come with 12v 7-9aH batteries. I got a 12v 20aH battery off Amazon for $38 and a much better charger for $25. Often these batteries get fried from leaving them on charge. So investing in a good charger is smart. I got a few connectors off amazon, already had a heat gun to secure the heat shrink. Gutted the stock battery for its connector so I could leave the vehicle with stock wiring.

Connectors $29: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Battery $40: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Charger $25: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Put an inline breaker or fuse in the wire. You might be able to steal the one inside power wheels battery. I used this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

The aftermarket battery fit surprisingly well in the battery chamber I only had to clip a little plastic that's inside for securing battery in place. Attached the charger and plug wiring to the battery's bolts so I can just open it up and plug the charger in. It is a tight fit but now my car has more than double run time, the voltage is a little higher than 12v. Overall it was very easy took less than an hour. The breaker/fuse should be close to battery in positive line, here is some info: http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.co...PIC_ID=696

Very happy with results. In the near future I will buy a 2nd battery put it in the front trunk on the car run them in series for 24v until the stock motors burn up then I'll put some better motors in with gearboxes to match.

As stock the car is great and runs pretty fast. I can't imagine this desert variation is much different. It does have the flat tires that perform a little differently, these tires are present on all their new versions. $180 is a good price.
I'm doing the same thing but with a razor scooter. Found it at Goodwill for $15. I thought the battery was bad so I purchased another for $15. I also thought my kids charger for their other Razor products would work but they are 24v and the one I purchased from Goodwill is 12V so another $15 for charger. Hopefully its not the control board or that is another $15 and I could have just purchased a new one for a little more.
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in for one. 14$ NY tax additional.

shipping in 40$ but in store pickup is free
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Why can't they be rubber wheels!
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I'm doing the same thing but with a razor scooter. Found it at Goodwill for $15. I thought the battery was bad so I purchased another for $15. I also thought my kids charger for their other Razor products would work but they are 24v and the one I purchased from Goodwill is 12V so another $15 for charger. Hopefully its not the control board or that is another $15 and I could have just purchased a new one for a little more.
I have a few of these kids rides and sometimes it is just the battery connector which does not work. You can always cut it off and bypass it though it is probably safer with the fuse in the connector. I found two on the side of the street in my neighborhood with this issue. They work perfectly now. Also if you get a 6v put a 12v in it. I have done it with two of then and they have been abused for years now and neither the gears nor the motors gave up yet. Much more fun on 12v. In fact most 6v turned into 12v will go faster than an original 12v. Never done 24 on a 12 but it is in the horizon when kids grow up a little.
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Was about to buy the dune racer green on Amazon new for around $240 (seemed like one of the most reliable 2 seaters in the range.) But then later that day found same car in a Goodwill for $75 very lightly used almost no tire wear a little sun fading on one corner so I bet it sat in the sun a bit with little use. Said battery wouldn't hold a charge which didn't matter to me I planned to change it out anyway.
These come with 12v 7-9aH batteries. I got a 12v 20aH battery off Amazon for $38 and a much better charger for $25. Often these batteries get fried from leaving them on charge. So investing in a good charger is smart. I got a few connectors off amazon, already had a heat gun to secure the heat shrink. Gutted the stock battery for its connector so I could leave the vehicle with stock wiring.

Connectors $29: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Battery $40: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Charger $25: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Put an inline breaker or fuse in the wire. You might be able to steal the one inside power wheels battery. I used this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

The aftermarket battery fit surprisingly well in the battery chamber I only had to clip a little plastic that's inside for securing battery in place. Attached the charger and plug wiring to the battery's bolts so I can just open it up and plug the charger in. It is a tight fit but now my car has more than double run time, the voltage is a little higher than 12v. Overall it was very easy took less than an hour. The breaker/fuse should be close to battery in positive line, here is some info: http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.co...PIC_ID=696

Very happy with results. In the near future I will buy a 2nd battery put it in the front trunk on the car run them in series for 24v until the stock motors burn up then I'll put some better motors in with gearboxes to match.

As stock the car is great and runs pretty fast. I can't imagine this desert variation is much different. It does have the flat tires that perform a little differently, these tires are present on all their new versions. $180 is a good price.
Fyi. You can buy this for less than $2 and turn an old laptop charger into battery charger. Need a multimeter for initial setup. Video on youtube on setting up.


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check your walmart YMMV http://brickseek.com/walmart-inve...u=45032813 got a green one 2 weeks ago for $49
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Was about to buy the dune racer green on Amazon new for around $240 (seemed like one of the most reliable 2 seaters in the range.) But then later that day found same car in a Goodwill for $75 very lightly used almost no tire wear a little sun fading on one corner so I bet it sat in the sun a bit with little use. Said battery wouldn't hold a charge which didn't matter to me I planned to change it out anyway.
These come with 12v 7-9aH batteries. I got a 12v 20aH battery off Amazon for $38 and a much better charger for $25. Often these batteries get fried from leaving them on charge. So investing in a good charger is smart. I got a few connectors off amazon, already had a heat gun to secure the heat shrink. Gutted the stock battery for its connector so I could leave the vehicle with stock wiring.

Connectors $29: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Battery $40: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Charger $25: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

Put an inline breaker or fuse in the wire. You might be able to steal the one inside power wheels battery. I used this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0...UTF8&psc=1

The aftermarket battery fit surprisingly well in the battery chamber I only had to clip a little plastic that's inside for securing battery in place. Attached the charger and plug wiring to the battery's bolts so I can just open it up and plug the charger in. It is a tight fit but now my car has more than double run time, the voltage is a little higher than 12v. Overall it was very easy took less than an hour. The breaker/fuse should be close to battery in positive line, here is some info: http://www.modifiedpowerwheels.co...PIC_ID=696

Very happy with results. In the near future I will buy a 2nd battery put it in the front trunk on the car run them in series for 24v until the stock motors burn up then I'll put some better motors in with gearboxes to match.

As stock the car is great and runs pretty fast. I can't imagine this desert variation is much different. It does have the flat tires that perform a little differently, these tires are present on all their new versions. $180 is a good price.

I have 3 batteries for our "green dune racer" - OEM, which still works fine, and 2 "powermax" batteries I got off ebay for ~ $50/ea that have 150% the Ah of the OEM. One had leaking issues and corroding on the fuse, so I emailed the vendor and they sent another battery (free). That battery has been OK (no leaking/corrosion) however starting up after the winter, although the batteries indicate they are charged, they are clearly not when I put them in the car.

The OEM charger give no indication of charge status (it's a 1A charger) so I plugged the batteries into a car battery charger I have which does 12V, 2A (trickle) charging, and has a "charge complete" indicator - unfortunately I don't think this worked either, but I have to wait for the weekend for the kids to get on the car and give the battery a workout.
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Why can't they be rubber wheels!
Too much traction. You'd burn up the motors and plastic gears if the tires didn't slip.
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I have 3 batteries for our "green dune racer" - OEM, which still works fine, and 2 "powermax" batteries I got off ebay for ~ $50/ea that have 150% the Ah of the OEM. One had leaking issues and corroding on the fuse, so I emailed the vendor and they sent another battery (free). That battery has been OK (no leaking/corrosion) however starting up after the winter, although the batteries indicate they are charged, they are clearly not when I put them in the car.

The OEM charger give no indication of charge status (it's a 1A charger) so I plugged the batteries into a car battery charger I have which does 12V, 2A (trickle) charging, and has a "charge complete" indicator - unfortunately I don't think this worked either, but I have to wait for the weekend for the kids to get on the car and give the battery a workout.
Are you sure the charger wasn't on 6v mode? Most trickle chargers have a 6v/12v switch and its easy to miss that. If it says its charged and its set to 12v, its definitely sitting at about 13.5v unless your charger is bad. Chargers like that work by running at 14.5v until the battery is reading 13.5v and then switching to 13.5v which is the nominal voltage for lead acid. Of course, it could still be that the batteries are charged but die after a minute of use. If thats what you mean by it didnt work, then the battery is gassed out and toast.

Like everyone else said, aftermarket chargers are DEFINITELY the way to go. Dont even use the charger that comes with the ride on. Cut the end off, fix it to a real charger and move on. They put that charger in the box just to get you to buy more OEM batteries.
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I wish they made it to support the weight of an adult. my daughter isn't able to ride by herself without my assistance.
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