Introducing my “Board of Theseus” aka the eHoosted board. First allow me to explain the names. The ship of Theseus is a metaphysical thought experiment that asks: does an object that has had all of its components replaced remain fundamentally the same object? Ever since I received my Meepo 1.0 in October 2017, no original part remains. So what is this board? To me is will forever be my first board, a Meepo. eHoosted is a conjunction of “hub” and “eBoosted” which are the gorgeous enclosures used. These two aspects, I believe are the defining features of my build.
Back in 2017, I was hooked not on just riding but understanding, maintaining, and improving this original inception of a budget board. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to eboarding with a side by side of boosted v1 and v2 by a good friend. However, I knew that the Meepo would not be of the same caliber (in quality or comfort) as those boards. So I began my journey of tinkering, testing, and modifying to satiate my thirst for DIY’ing and performance. It has been a blast.
So now I’ve ended up with the eHoosted which doesn’t ride at all like the 1.0. I sought out the following improvements:
- Better range and less voltage sag
- Higher top speed
- Better comfort
- Better control
- Better stability
Some of these were really easy, like swapping bushings, bearings, trucks, hangars and purchasing new remotes, ESC’s, and hubs. Others were more challenging such as crafting my own 10s4p battery enclosure for a parallel conversion, deck swapping, and eventually building my own battery. Simply put the eHoosted is the culmination of all these improvements and more to come. (hopefully a FocBox Unity and TB DD)
eHoosted parts list:
- Loaded Vanguard (flex 2, 42”) BLEM
- Allure Snow Mountain longboard griptape
- eBoosted Vanguard enclosures (Sony VTC version)
- #10-24 brass wood inserts (x10)
- #10-24 ⅞ pan head hex screws (x10)
- #10 nylon washers (x20)
- ⅛ neoprene sheet with adhesive
- DIY 11s3p Samsung 30q battery pack w/Bestech BMS (discharge bypassed)
- Meepo esc V2.0
- DIYeboard RC7 remote
- 90mm Meepo 1.5 hub motors + front wheels
- Caliber II 50˚ front truck (Midnight Satin Red)
- Orange Otang nipple boardside, yellow venom cone roadside
- Meepo Shredder rear truck
- Stock bushings
- Zealous bearings
- Loaded 1.5” panhead, hex bolts
- Fender washers (x8)
- Flatland3d bash guards (Fresh green, rounder, 2x)
- Sector 9 ⅛” shock pads (2x)
- Shredlights (standard brackets)
- Grin tech “Cycle Satiator” charger
There have been a lot of intermediate versions between the 1.0 and the eHoosted which means a lot of time, effort, and money has gone into this project but in my opinion the knowledge and experience gained has been worth it. Thank you Kieran, for your inspiration to pursue a hobby and gain PEV expertise and thank you friend for letting me cruise around with you on your V1 BB. I will never forget that feeling and stupid grin. I’ll never stop feeling like Marty McFly on a hoverboard. Welcome to the future and ride safe
BUILD PHOTOS inserts inserted (albeit a little incorrectly).
These enclosures are magnificent!
This was one of the prouder moments of the build.
Rubber grommets and a small drilling error. I over widened the power button hole and had to use a grommet but hey more waterproofing!
Hubs and v2 esc become a unit.
Installed the battery meter. Made a mistake with the drill but some sharpie did the trick!
Had to move my BMS out of the pack to make it fit. I ordered way too big of a BMS (especially for discharge bypass…) but I made it work.
All tucked in nicely! As you can see the v2 ESC was still intact here.
Modifying the Meepo hubs with mr-30 connectors and (over) shortening the phase wires.
So I made a dumb mistake and blew up my V2 ESC so I went in the closet to find my V1 and do some modifications. Interestingly enough, the V1 esc has 2 63V rated capacitors and the V2 has 4 smaller 50V rated ones. So for the time being I am limited to ~22mph and some even more finicky acceleration. This esc is from October 2017! I have a new one coming as I am waiting on the Focbox unity to be in stock rather than pre-order and for enertion to release their new remote. I could have waited till February for a Unity but I have had good experience with the V2 meepo esc… plus I like the remote so what can I say… I like the company. I know it’s inferior.
Pretending I didn’t blow up my v2 esc…
Top Speed: 26mph Range: ~ 14 miles (Max throttle, flat, ≤ 10mph wind, 150lbs) Comfort: The vanguard flex 2 is wayyy nicer than the meepo v2 deck although the NLS seems to have narrowed that gap. The authentic caliber II’s and rear shredder truck are notable improvements from the V1 hardware. The bottle neck is still the hubs but I love how they are silent!
Future upgrades (likely in order): The new meepo 100mm “beast motors” should be coming out on their site soon which should allow me to hit 30mph. A VESC (preferably a Unity). A Direct Drive (leaning towards TB’s although Carvon’s were what got me interested in it). I think I’ll stay at 11s for a while as the pack is quite new.
Thank you all for reading and for your knowledge and advice! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, I will try my best to answer them.