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By RedDog
I bought a CL Jeep limited. I am planning the following mods.

24 volt


Hall effect throttle - for easy starts and extra life of gearboxes

throttle governor - speed limits and extend life of 12v motors

adding rubber to tires - traction and cushioning

replace push nuts with hitch pins - ease of repair/ assist with posi rear

A slimited slip rear end - traction, and i think help save gearboxes and motors,

when one wheel is off ground or spinning the other side has the load, hard on loaded side,,, when spinning tires hits ground again and gains traction, hard on spinning side GB. A limited slip //posi traction would share the load evenly on both tires this extending GB life, and giving extra power to a single wheel if it is carrying more load.

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By RedDog
Rubber floor mats interlocking from Home Depot recyled rubber just felt like the right combo of durable yet soft
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Side view of the first pieces glued on with contact cement
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here is the stock wheel i started with
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Heres is all the new tread glued on
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This is after I used 1 whole can of plastic dip spray
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plastic dip made the sidewalls look like new but they now have a tire feel to them, and hopefully to helps seal the tread to teh plastic tire, if not I will add screws at teh first sign of tread loss.
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By RedDog
Parts are arriving, here is what I have so far
TNC Receipt
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TNC Charger 24 Volt
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TNC MEtal Foot Hall Effect Throttle
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By RedDog
More Parts

Chrome Battery Ebay
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12v 12ah Batteries from EBAY Chrome BAttery
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By RedDog
Well finally got it working thanks to divinar for his help, treebeme and jparthum for the schematics and ideas.

I now have a variable speed 24 volt powerwheel. Hall effect throttle seems to work. I need to clean things up when i get home. i still have to get potentiomter and install it.

I did all the holes, useing a solder iron and razor knifes.
electronic speed control from tnc scooters
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factory shifter before i depinned the plugs to rewire
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I mounted one battery up front for balance, as well as circuit breaker for access
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mounted key here because the wires would reach ecs. Hole made useing solder iron and razor
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Last edited by RedDog on Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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By RedDog
more pics I got this stuff from this tread viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2819
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Wiring diagram I used
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relays terminals ID
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actual realy with terminals markings used
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By RedDog
more pics of wiring night
shot of JEEP with modded tire, before i stripped all the decals
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this is stock PW throttle switch
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redid stock throttle to use as new brake pedal
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side view, modded tire is on left front
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By aVWguy
how easily is the rubber material cut and applied??? i have been considering this for a few of my projects but wasnt sure on those two points or the proper adhiesive to make them stay put and not fall off :lol:
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By RedDog
The brake and throttle are a little to close. I will need to redo them later.
I taped over existing holes, and cut another hole for metal hall effect throttle
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I had to knotch the floor for the metal throttle to sit down in. The plastic one would be easier to mount for sure
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i first moved the brake to the left, then realized there would not be much room for the left foot. I plan on fixing this when I get home with a sheet of plastic
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Last edited by RedDog on Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:46 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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By RedDog
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By RedDog
Rubber was easy to cut. I actually bought a Hd scissors set, but ended up useing the smaller regular ones the most. ZTo glue I used contact cement, put a two good coats on tire, and on rubber, wait 20 and stick. I wrapped mine with cardboard and ratchet strap, and let it set for a few days.

Then I used a whole can of plasti dip spray and sprayed everything. Not sure how any of this will hold up
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By RedDog
ok i did a few more things.

i tried to paint the bumpers. Bad idea. I tried rustoleam chrome, just cleaned and painted, dosnt look good, i think i will wait until i get home to the garage to try it.
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Should have researched it first, starting with below post


Also went to Harbor freight and picked up two mini spot modded them per below post. Actually had one of each type, and process works. I just cut a hole behind the stock headlights and stripped the lights down to lights and reflectors. Just set in in there and snapped lens back in.

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I also put in a new floor. i found these drip pans at lowe's. They are for like welcome mats or to set your boots and stuff in. but they have black diamond plate bottoms. Also painted the pedals so the youngun can learn green means go red means stop.
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By RedDog

right now i have a couple of dilemas

to paint or not, plastic has some fade on one side, heaqt gun left it marbled, but i kinda dig the metalic green color. Also when i washed it i lost all exterier stickers. I cant find them anywhere so i would have to mask off the dash to save then or it will look really cheap.

also i think my daughter may have trouble steering it, she is just over 2 1/2 so i am debating if i want to put a lawn mower rack and pinion in it. I will have to wait til i get it outside and see how hard it is to turn. Inside on carpet with no room to roll, it is pretty tough.
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By wkearney99
The flat, wide wheels are harder to turn. If I had to guess I'd say they went with them because they might wear a little better than the older narrower kind. Or maybe it was just for looks. Your traction mods won't make it easier either, but may be worth it outside (I'm looking forward to hearing how they handle wear).
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By RedDog
i would like to add a quick update for anyone reading this and planning to try it. No need to use the 10 gauge wire i did.

I did it because someone else did, and I was thinking automotive. in auto's you run heavy wire from battery to solenoid and solenoid to load, small wires from solenoid to switch.

This setup the most you can move is what is coming into the solenoid which is from the ESC, which is a 12 gauge wire. Using 10 gauge wire in this case is like building a highway where bridges are 2 lanes, but I will make the rest 8 lanes. The traffic still has to pass the bridges.

Anyhow, it wont hurt, but after i got started i realized if i did it again I would stick with a 12 max, and probably just use 14. The battery wires going into the ESC are small as well.

The regular size wire is cheaper, and easier to bend and such, it was difficult the way I mounted mine and it got crowded quick.

Just a thought for anyone doing this in the future.

here are some charts that verify this
I have a 30 amp breaker so limited to 30 amps, 14 gauge can handle that pretty easy.
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By wkearney99
Bear in mind when you use thinner wire you introduce the potential for voltage drop and having the wires heat up. Maybe more than half a volt dropped from 12v using 14ga. Voltage drop occurs over distance and smaller wires. Having a short segment of 12ga or 14ga is not the same as having all of it that way. And note distance is total, both positive AND negative for the whole circuit. I've not taken a ruler to it but if I had to guess the total circuit ends up being just shy of 6 feet.

It's also possible to get right-angled crimp-on connectors for relays. That can make it easier to route the wires.

So yeah, it probably wouldn't cause any great harm to use 12ga instead of 10. Not sure I'd skimp to just 14 though.
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By RedDog
People should use the charts in the faq's viewtopic.php?f=40&t=5973 on this project I was well within the 14 gauge specs.

And the second point is using large wire then passing through the small wire at the ESC, is making the ECS wire a fuse. All a fuse is, is a small wire that can only handle a certain load.

All I am saying is If i did this again, I would measure the battery input and motor output wires on the ESC. And actually measure the wire not the insulation. And go one size bigger and that would be it.

I also agree with another post that suggested you could use cat 5 or phone wire from pedals and switches. My pedal came with nice long wires, and i used existing wires for brake.
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By RedDog
here are so pics. BTW tires holding up so far, and daughter can steer, a little hard but she can

I made myself a limited slip rear end. I used pins to hold the wheels on axles, i cut the hubcaps so that the pin sits down in, and when the motor turn the wheel if one wheel is spinning faster then the other, it will slip until the knob the thaqt wheel adn the knob on the opposite wheel hit the spoke of the hubcap that i did not knotch out.

I think this will serve differant purposes. if one wheel loses traction or is off the ground, both motors will powere the remaining wheel.

whne that wheel regains traction it willnot be a stress to that gearbox

also if one wheel is driving the whole PW thats a lot of stress, this way both gearboxes carry the load

i cut knotches in 4 of the 5 spokes so that the knob that sticks out of the wheel will catch but only after the axle makes almost a full revolution
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grooves in the hubcaps hold the cotter pins and spin the axle which then trys to spin the other hubcap
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By RedDog
I added some led lights from nik on here. i put in 4 3 led strips in each tail light, but ended up only using 3. 1 for taillights 2 for brake lights
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By RedDog
everything is workinng out great. lights are still off a bit. I was getting 24v and then moved wires around to get 12 so light go out in high i think. but overall the concept works great.
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By madmaxdecals
I would love to see some videos of this jeep in action...did you stay with the 16t gearboxes in the jeep?
By gbforever2001
Hey Everyone,

I am new to the modified power wheel community. I have acquired a jeep wrangler and would like to make it 24V. I have seen the shopping list from TNC Scooter on here earlier, but do you have thee entire shopping list on what to buy and where you got is from? I would like to make the guts close to identical to the one you are building because it looks right and safe for my kids to drive. Please let me know, thanks!
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By RedDog
My daughter finnally got to a point where she can drive this thing, and it died !!!!!

Any diagnostic ideas?

The brake pedal is activating its solenoid, lights work etc, I am thinking throttle or ESC
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By daveweber34
Are you using the brake connectors from the LBD-14 to activate the brakes and brake lights? If so, you have most likely smoked your controller. You must run the brake circuit through a separate relay not connected to the controller for safety reasons. See these two threads:

viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2819&start=200 Check middle of page five.
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By RedDog
yes i do/did

and that part seems to be working fine, just no throttle controll.

Thank you for the links I have looked through them

Am I missing it, or has no one found a way to repair the esc ??

so i gues it is back to work

order a new esc and fix the wireing

It could use a going over anyways, i noticed that the tail lights are always on, and do not remember wiring them that way. And the lighted switch i use for the headlights only works (the lighted portion) in low and reverse.
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By daveweber34
At this point, posting the wiring diagram of your layout would be best. Then, we (the community) will know exactly what you have going on. Also, do not expect too much more help from me. I am in the middle of moving and depart on Tuesday.
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By RedDog
I did not draw this one of you did, but I wired it like this MINUS reverse lights.

anyone have an updated one with the NEW WAY to wire in the brakes?
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By RedDog
i ordered a lbd14 on its way

I have an extra solenoid abnd some resistors from original build

I will try to decipher tommorrow how to fix the brake wireing issue mentioned
By soulstice
Your tire solution is ingenious!

Really great documentation of the project as well, looking forward to following the progress.
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By toycrusher
I'm watching your build carefully because I'll be going into a triple ESC setup soon. The above diagram is quite confusing. I'm not sure what the advantage is to using the DPDT relays over normal 5 pin relays? Is that diagram still allowing for a low AND high speed?
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By toycrusher
Is low necessary with an ESC?
By gratefuldad
Hey RedDog, Just saw where you where asking about how to modify the diagram above to by-pass the ESC's Brake connectors. You're basically going to send a 12v pos. feed to your brake pedal (Normally Open Pins) and then bring it back to the RY1 DPDT Coil. And then get the 12v neg. to the other Coil contact. So when the Brake pedal is depressed the DPDT Relay is switched from Normally Closed to Open position allowing the o Motors to short through the Brake Resistor. Taz has a good write-up on what you are doing under the ESC Section, I think it's called "Simple ESC Braking" or something like that.
Sorry, I would have chimed in earlier, but I saw daveweber34 on and forgot how close he was to his Transfer.
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