So finally got the x-carve up and running. This is my first deck that I CNC milled, and for being my first, I am very pleased with the results. I made many mistakes with this board, but leaned a lot from those mistakes.
In the end, there are 4 powerful headlights (each with 12 LEDs, so 48 LEDs in total) and 2 tail lights (each with 6 LEDs, so 12 LEDs in total) build directly into the board. This is the GT Power 1/5th 1/8th off road lighting system, which plugs into any open channel for power.
I salvaged all the electronics (except for the lights, power switch, and battery meter) from my previous build (may that build rest in peace).
The shape is a bit odd. Flat decks are not very common, and it does feel a bit strange. The reasoning however is because cnc milling concave would of added another level of complexity. I will save the concave goal for my next build.
I am also experimenting with a next idea of mine, which is to add acoustic dampening pads to the between the deck and the riser pad. I have not tested this board enough to say it works flawlessly. It did make my test ride much smoother. But it may have unintended consequences, so I will report back on how that turns out. In case you don’t remember or did not see, in my last build, I used this same material between the board and my enclosure to reduce vibrations, and it is literally like night and day. I would recommend this stuff for everyone to use on there boards. It feels like you are riding on a cloud with this stuff.
Now, on to the good stuff: