First Build | Parts List | 32" Deck | Tacon Bigfoot 160 245kv| 12s 5Ah | Turnigy VESC

Hi everyone!

I’ve wanted to build a electric long board for a few years, and now that I’m headed off to college I figured it was time. This is my first build, so if you could check over my parts list to make sure everything is compatible/decent that’d be awesome (prices are shipped). I know there are a TON of first build posts, but I’ve done a bunch of research and just need some feedback before I order. I’ve seen a few first-build horror stories.

I’m trying to spend around $250 to see if I like esk8ing (I already have batteries, a motor, charger, connectors/wire, etc. since my dad was in to RC planes). Since I’ll mainly use this board in college, I wanted it to be small (32" deck). I’ll be running at 12s. I also have a few questions at the end. Thank you!

Motor - Tacon Bigfoot 160 245kv (FREE): https://www.hobbypartz.com/96m608-bigfoot160-5335-245kv.html

Batteries - 6s 5000mAh (FREE)

ESC - Turnigy SK8-ESC v4.12 ($92):

Deck - 32" x 8" Bamboo Deck ($39):

Trucks - Caliber II 9" 50° ($35): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QNOZWBY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2DQMI7AS28KLN&psc=1

Wheels - 83mm Flywheels ($24): https://www.amazon.com/Longboard-Flywheels-Bearings-Spacers-Blank/dp/B00IO5D5XW/ref=sr_1_6?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1530830121&sr=1-6&keywords=longboard%2Bwheels&th=1

Pullies - Not sure what ratio yet, 3D printed

Battery Enclosure - 3D printed or fiberglass

Belts - 2x HTD 5M 10mm x ?mm ($7):

Motor Mount - Turnigy ($9):

Controller - HK-GT2B, will be 3D printing a case ($28):

Extras: key ignition? would be cool, truck tool($3), batt. level indicator($4)

TOTAL: ~$241

Questions:

  1. Is 32" too short of a board? The wheel base is only 19" and I know they get wobbly at high speeds.

  2. What length belt should I buy so that I can experiment with pulley ratios but will still work with the HK motor mount? 255? 265? etc.

  3. How fast should I gear it for? Considering I’ll be on a college campus and riding through town, should I shoot for around 25 mph (40 km/h) max?

  4. Can I save money anywhere? Other part recommendations are appreciated if there is a better bang-for-buck.

  5. Should I go with 50° or 44° trucks?

Thanks in advance everyone! Love this community. I will definitely document the process and post as I go. Also I have a 3D printer/know how to use CAD so if anyone needs something printed PM me.

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1-you’ll hit erpm limit and ruin your esc. Either get a lower KV motor or go 6s. 2-for HK mount I suggest going with their trucks, just upgrade the bushings to your liking. 3-get bigger wheels, 90/97 from AliExpress fit around 35$. I have a link of you want. 4- go with mini remote, it’s reliable and cheaper. 5-you don’t want to ride 40km/h at your campus with such short deck. Dangerous

  1. Oh yeah I forgot about that. I’m worried about not having enough torque / the higher amperage running through the system. I’ll try 6s out and if I like esk8ing enough I’ll buy a lower kv motor.
  2. Their trucks are out of stock. Will the motor mount not work with calibers?
  3. Bigger wheels = higher speed but yeah I’ll take a look if you want to send the link. What’s the reason behind bigger wheels? Nicer ride?
  4. Link? I could only find them for about the same price as the GT2B
  5. 30km/h better?

Wheels: [Wheels](Big 80mm 87mm 83mm 90mm 97mm Longboard wheel SHR78A Red color PU wheels High level soft wheels resistant PU longboard wheels http://s.aliexpress.com/7fIJz6NR?fromSns=Copy to Clipboard) I have a topic where I show that it doesn’t work on Calibers for me. [Here](7.25inch Black Skateboard Trucks Aluminium Longboard Bridge Skateboard Parts Skate Board Trucks http://s.aliexpress.com/z67n2IVj?fromSns=Copy to Clipboard) should be the same ones. Bigger wheels, better and safer ride.

Remote

Don’t limit the speed, just try what is comfortable for you

Actually you can try @dickyho new mount for Paris /clones trucks but idk if you need to file them a bit. Mount

My opinion about that mount

Thanks for the advice @Grozniy , I found some cheaper 97mm wheels that I’ll get instead and decided to 3D print a motor mount to fit the calibers. I’ll reinforce it with metal rods. Also will be ordering the mini remote

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