Updated - Completed Boosted Poke. More details on the updated post.
After the first DIY build with long 41" deck and 107mm wheels, I wanted to make another esk8 for commuting purpose that has much lighter weight and is smaller to carry. Then I was looking at someone who transplanted their boosted board V1 into the Loaded poke deck. It seemed really cool but I wanted to make one under the $900AUD ($702USD) budget, so buying boosted board ($2100AUD) + Loaded deck ($270AUD) for transplant wasn’t an option for me. Instead, I decided to try another DIY build challenge
My aim for this build were:
- Authentic look : Clean build that look very similar to original boosted board
- Performance as good as original BB : Aim to reach 10km range with decent speed (23mph+ or 37km/h+) but weigh less than 7kg to carry easily.
- Uphill climb ability : I live in hilly area so I decided to go for 13T/38T pulley gearing. I probably need to replace belts for the different length as well.
Part purchased (exc. shipping cost):
- Loaded Poke Deck ($270AUD)
- Loaded Mounting screw ($11AUD)
- Orangatang Kegel 80mm 80A Orange x 4 ($90AUD)
- Venom Bushings x 2 ($22AUD)
- M5 Rivet bushings ($6AUD)
- Evolve 38T wheel pulley for Kegel wheels x2 ($60AUD)
- Yeeplay Enclosure ($20AUD)
- Samsung 18650 10S2P battery from Yeeplay ($96AUD)
- DIYeboard Dual Belt Drive 1400W*2 N5055 Kit ($190AUD)
- DIYeboard Dual Belt Drive ESC ($100AUD)
- Supreme sticker ($3AUD)
- Polytuf Water-resistant foam from bunnings ($5AUD)
- Psycho 1/4" Shock-pad ($8AUD)
- Other extra acc. ($14AUD)
Total cost : $895AUD (equals to $699USD)
So just got the Loaded Poke deck. I wanted to put a rivet nuts and wires underneath the griptape just like the original BB so I’ve used hair dryer to gentle pull the griptape.
When I pulled the griptape successfully, I used sticker storage paper to temporary store the griptape so I can re-use it later after all the wiring, drilling work.
For my first DIY esk8 board, I just used hand-drill but the screw hole locations were not perfectly accurate. So I used the CNC machine this time to make sure every screw hole is aligned. I also CNC-drill the wire slots from Battery enclosure to ESC enclosure, I’ve used 14AWG wire for extension battery cable and the slot is 3mm deep. I didn’t want to drill too deep because Loaded Poke deck was thinner than the other deck I’ve had so I was worried if I would make the deck weaker by drilling too much. 3mm seemed like an optimal depth for the wire slot. Also Loaded Poke deck is concaved so rivet nuts were not fitting in fully (This case, the rivet nuts will lift up and the trace will be shown on the griptape). So I had to CNC-cut the surface flat around the rivet nuts area as well.
Here are some photos after the CNC-drilling work:
Now putting back the griptape that I took out before…
I was pretty happy with the result. I couldn’t see the trace of wires or the rivet nuts on the griptape. Just looks like a normal longboard. Loaded Poke deck came with the pre-cut griptape and there were some area where grip tape is sticking outside of the deck. so I had to trimmed a bit of griptape using razor blade.
I am still waiting for the evolve 38T wheel pulleys to arrive. Evolve is on a holiday so I need to wait few more days to finish the build. While waiting for the parts, I just tried putting everything together to see what it’d look like when I finish the build.
I think it’d look fantastic when I finish the build Looks clean and original BB alike.
The enclosure is from Yeeplay board. I really likes this enclosure because ESC enclosure looks so much similar to the original BB. Bottom plate is made out of metal which will work as a heat-shrink. Battery enclosure is for 10S2P size (little-bit shorter but wider than BB style enclosure) and it seems perfect for Loaded Poke build. I also have Yeeplay M1 board which is really fun to ride, I will upload a reviewing video of Yeeplay board soon as well.
I will update a post of the build once Evolve 38T pulley arrives
Stay tuned for more updates for Boosted Poke Replica build!