the finished product:
I began this project without having ANY knowledge of electronics, batteries, motors, soldering or woodworking. But the internet can be a very helpful place and I wasn’t that surprised to look at my profile and see that I’ve logged in 6 days of read time… Anyways, thanks to everyone in the community for sharing their knowledge - I literally couldn’t have come close to making this if it weren’t for this forum.
Here’s what I used:
10s4p 30q battery built by @barajabali
dual 6375 dark matter motors from @scepterr
photon remote made by @Wajdi
33" custom deck, 9 ply maple with red gum veneer top, made by me (with the help of @aigenic)
218mm trucks by @torqueboards custom enclosure by @Eboosted motor mount by @longhairedboy dual focboxs from @onloop 90mm abec flywheels by @ChrisChaput clear lucid grip tape
My goal was to make a board with over 20 miles of range, relatively high top speed (I used to have a boosted), and for it to be as short as possible. And I wanted a natural wood deck with no holes on the top and raw metal colored trucks. I took inspiration for the deck nose from the prism origin v2 and for the deck tail from the bustin spliff. I also made the width of the deck a little wider than usual (10") to try to make the XL torqueboard trucks look a little more proportionate.
To begin, I took these unpressed maple plys and red gum veneer,
So after I cut the deck out, I used a router to round out the edges, which made the board look SO much thinner than it did beforehand. Then I sanded it all down, which was EXTREMELY satisfying, almost therapeutic. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy that part as much as I did.
I soaked my motor mounts and trucks in greased lightening to remove the black paint in order to try to increase the range:
But for some reason the trucks were totally unaffected
I then accidentally drilled this huge hole in my enclosure:
Finally, I coated the board with UV resistant waterproof polyurethane varnish and applied the lucid grip “tape”:
Configuring the vescs was kind of difficult for me to learn and I’m still tweaking it (the brakes momentarily cut out when I brake hard but only when I’m at full battery…), but I am THRILLED with how the board performs. It is more powerful than I imagined and it seems to be very reliable. I’ve probably ridden less than 100 miles on it so far and I’m still learning to trust it. So for now I mainly ride it around central park. It will probably be a little while before I trust it enough to ride it through rush hour traffic like I did on my boosted (which is now sold!!!)