In it’s current state of evolution, my build is fairly intense. It’s built for hard, wide-open-throttle uphill acceleration, and aggressive downhill braking. Do I ride it that way? Yes, sometimes. Mostly, however , I use it mostly for running my big handsome dog Louie:
So what’s the deal with the massive batteries? Just think about that 25c rating on a 22Ah pack. Can I pull 550 Amps continuous? Of course not. That would vaporize everything. What I CAN do, is pull pretty heavy current with almost negligible voltage sag. Pretty intense range too. No matter how hard and far I’ve ridden, I can’t even put a dent in them.
That being said, the obvious theme of this build is overkill. I wanted to create a vehicle more than capable of anything I put it through, and so far, SOOO good.
Hey Pat, your build is looking better all the time.
I can surely vouch for this beastly setup. I have seen it fly up some really steep hills.
Adding another one of those batteries for 12s would make it insane but I’m not sure the Focbox would handle 12s in FOC mode. You might have to switch to BLDC.
How’s your plans for an enclosure going?
If you want to make an enclosure of fiberglass, I think I have some cloth left over from when I used to do my own surfboard repairs, you would just need to get some resin and catalyst.
Epoxy resin would be best because it is more flexible than Polyester resin and less prone to cracking.
I prefer the molded abs enclosures myself.
Psychotiller could prob set you up with something that would fit.
Runplayback used to make some really nice heavy duty abs enclosures. Don’t know if he’s still into that or not.
Here’s a question Ive been confused about for a while: Does C rating effect torque? Will a higher C rating give me that little boost I need when goin uphills? I’m using 25c lipos and was looking at going to 40-45c
A higher C rating will decrease voltage sag during heavy loading like going up hills.
Higher voltage seems to increase torque.
Higher motor max setting in bldc tool will increase torque.
Running large motors like 6374s increases torque over smaller motors like 6355s
In my experience, polyester resins are more flexible than epoxy which is much harder.
If you look at epoxy surfboards they are known for their stiffness.
Either would be good for an enclosure though. If you want any pointers when you make one, drop me a line and I will try to help out.
What I did is mix some polyester resin in a cup and some epoxy resin in a cup.
After they cured, I removed the resin samples and tested them.
The polyester resin sample was hard and brittle and would not bend but just broke.
The epoxy resin sample did not feel as hard as the poly and I was able to bend it some before breaking it.
I owned many surfboards over the years, polyester and epoxy and what I have noticed is that the polyester boards get cracks and dings much easier than the epoxy boards.
Fact is that epoxy resin is 35% stronger than polyester resin.
The difference in stiffness of epoxy surfboards and fiberglass surfboards is due to the different core used.
An epoxy surfboard uses a polystyrene core which is stiff
A Fiberglass surfboard uses a polyurethane core which is more flexible.
So if you want your enclosure to be 35% stronger, use epoxy resin.
Besides epoxy resin doesn’t set as fast or get hot like polyester resin so it is much easier to work with.
I know that you can mix polyester resin to cook slower but knowing how much catalyst to add can be tricky.
With epoxy resin you simply follow the recipe on the bottle 2:1 for the resins I have used and it cooks perfectly every time.