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Need Quieter Wheels - Not necessarily traction

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:33 pm
by polyethlene
Hello! We have a Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper. The wheel noise is crazy loud down our street or sidewalk. I just want to make the wheels quieter, we don't need traction and definitely do not want to strip the motor/gears. Any brilliant suggestions?

Re: Need Quieter Wheels - Not necessarily traction

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:42 am
by Jasonownsansw20
I would have thought that installing a strip of rubber bike tyres or perhaps find some thick foam or rubber tape from a hardware store on all 4 wheels should reduce 'road noise' significantly

Re: Need Quieter Wheels - Not necessarily traction

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:34 pm
by Hammer-fm
As for the second question: If you're running stock voltages you probably will be ok on the gearboxes, even with fairly grippy rubber. If you can get road-bike tires, they don't have quite as much traction as a mountain bike tire. I've installed these with some strips of foam on a nearly-stock Jeep Hurricane and it definitely quiets things down, but it will still slip a bit, especially under braking. I don't see any indication that it's too much stress on the gearbox, especially relative to the other more-heavily-modified vehicles in the fleet. I found a local seller on craigslist getting rid of some used tires for a few bucks a piece and picked up all the ones he had.

Adding a bike tire with some foam padding will definitely make it quieter and perhaps improve the ride quality as well.