# Clarification Questions about E-Board Electronics and Mechanics

Hi everyone,

First Post! I’ve been stalking this forum for a long time now and I have to say the community here is amazing. I was kinda curious as to how to make an e-board, but after hearing your discussions, I’m now 100% sure that a DIY e-board is what I want to make for my 21st birthday. I did have a few questions though, which I hope some people can help me out with.

A Few Assumptions So the way I understand it, there are a few ways to increase speed at the expense of torque: Lower kv motor Larger Wheel Smaller gear ratio

These are all capped by certain physical limitations: Weight of the user + board Grade of terrain Voltage of Battery ERPM limit of the ESC

Are those assumptions correct?

So let’s imagine a scenario where a 75kg user is using it to go to class, where the maximum hill incline he has is 16 feet over .1m (fairly little). There’s high peopling traffic on the sidewalks, so the user has to basically use the road, where the speed limit is around 25mph. Using the VESC calculations here and the speed calculator, the user has estimated that he should use a 8S LiPo battery cell with a 245 kv Motor, with a wheel size of 90mm and a gear ratio of 15/36.

Besides the fact that I like to frame questions about myself in 3rd person, are there any problems with that conclusion? Do I need to account for more torque? If I do, where is the best place to add that torque? Should I change to a 10S and get a smaller kv motor? Or should I go with a smaller wheel, like 83mm? Maybe increase the gear ratio?

Basic Building Questions

I’ve been reading a lot of Instructables to figure out how to add the motor mount. I’ve decided against using torquebuilds because I’m just getting into engineering and I’m honestly more excited to learn about the process of building an e-board than an e-board itself. I had a few questions:

1. Why do people like the wheels with holes in them like here? Doesn’t it make sense to have a solid center such that when you drill holes to affix your pulley system, it’s more rigid?

2. How important is the center distance between the wheel and the motor and what’s the tradeoff? I’m also a little confused as to why it’s so important to have a motor mount that has adjustable bolts? Once I’ve built it, why do I need to adjust it?

3. I plan on using a motor mount that is fastened to the trucks like in this video. Are there better ways of fastening them to the trucks that doesn’t involve welding or buying a kit?

Wow that’s a lot of questions. I know you all are super busy building your own epic boards, but I would really appreciate your help. It would help me figure this out and allow me to order parts asap.

Thanks, Haku

The trick here is that if there are holes alreasy, there is no need to drill, it is a slide-fit.

Lower kv motor: If you keep the battery at the same voltage and get a lower kv motor, that will give you more torque and less speed. Larger Wheel: This will increase speed (Not sure if it decreases torque) Smaller gear ratio: If you keep the wheel pulley at 36 teeth (example) and change the motor pulley from 14 to 15 teeth you will get a higher speed.

Pretty sure all of this is correct. If somebody thinks it is wrong then please say.

What are the drawbacks of a higher Voltage battery source then? Is it just bigger and heavier and more capable of handling higher torque?

Hmm. Does that mean that when I’m figuring out the dimensions of the screws that go into those 6 holes, I have to choose ones big enough to completely fill up the holes given?

Thank you guys for your responses!!!

Good things about higher voltage: Less current having to go to the motors.

Bad things: Depending on battery, it could be taller and longer. Most people fit it easily on their boards.

Clamps that use bolts.

Yes, or buy pulleys for the type of wheels you like:

Otang kegels: product/36t-kegel-drive-wheel-pulley/

Flywheels and flywheel clones (the picture you pasted): http://www.enertionboards.com/buy-build-your-own-electric-skateboard-parts/enertion-drive-36t-HTD-eboard-wheel-hub/ (beware you need to modify your trucks for these)

or product/36t-abec11-drive-wheel-pulley/ without modding truck

i think you mean higher kv motor

Change motor pulley to bigger gets you more torque less speed

Bigger wheel more speed less torque

the wheel is right but if you go to a 15T motor pulley you get less torque then if you had a 12T http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/mes/media/pdf/gears

Yea sorry Dudududud

for a minute there i was like holy fuck brah.

I try to distance myself from pulleys. Complicated enough. Brah? Thought u were English or euro

Didn’t think they said that in England. Maybe you aren’t in England. Don’t know why I assume ur euro.