Hello All, I apologize for the length of this post, I am new to this forum, I kinda backed into this Build/Refit project. I have been soaking up tons of info, enough to feel pretty comfortable in general in the hardware I have chosen. That said I still have probably made some rookie mistakes. Any and all opinions from this form is greatly appreciated.
THE PROJECT GUT AND REFIT A GOLFBOARD CLONE.
My buddy bought a Chinese clone of the GB, we were playing golf a few weeks ago and it went completely dead turns out it was a fuse, but After being humiliated walking that 115lbs beast back to the clubhouse he offered it to me for $500, I thought it was a cool device so I bought it. After taking it apart it was so bad I decided not to fix it, I am going to gut it and make it better than the original since they are asking $6500 for these things I am way ahead of the game, after reading all the really cool projects I know I am in the correct place.
BATTERY 60v 30ah Lipo battery pack
MOTOR 2 x 500w 10” hub motors (rear)
CONTROLLERS 2x 60v 1500w brainpower
I am not looking for speed 12mph-16mph top speed is great, torque,traction and reliability are my main concern. Which brings me to the problems.
- The reliability is horrible, since I took it over its blown 3 30amp fuses just riding in the neighborhood,
- Its 2wd on the wet golf course (turf) it handles like a pig. The original GB uses 2 motors and two axles for their 4wd, I like the idea of 4 hub motors better after a little research.
- It’s just plain poorly done. (see the fender over the wheel looks like a 10 year old did it)
HARDWARE REFIT CHOICES (please let me know any opinions alternate choices, or mistakes)
BATTERY keep the 60v 30ah Lipo or 48v 30ah Lipo pack
MOTOR 4 x 500w hub motors with 13” all-terrain tires with hall sensors or 4 x 1000w hub motors with 13” all-terrain tires with hall sensors
MOTOR CONTROLLERS 4 X VESC 4.12 CONTROLLERS OR 2 X DUAL VESC CONTROLLERS OR 1 X QUAD VESC THAT BEAST FROM OLLINBOARDS
Since I am not looking for ultimate performance I am looking for the best battery/ motor/ VESC combination for the money that will reliably get the job done on the course day in and day out. With the VESC’S space should not be an issue.
CONTROL STALK (got to dark for pics, I borrowed official GB pics)
This is by far the biggest issue as 95 percent of the builds here use remote controls. All the controls are on the stalk. The stalk is also where my golf bag resides. I however do not know how to attach the controls to the VESC. The controls on the stalk are as follows
I want to rewire the stalk, after inspection there are bare wires and ETC. I would like to keep the function. Except for two exceptions
The on off is on this Wuxing throttle, I wish to make this the brakes since it has no brakes and depends 100% on regenerative braking.
I want to add a key and make it on/off
I would really like to know what is and is not possible, as well as the best hardware choices in your opinion.
The rest is cosmetic. A friend is going to help me fab all the plastic/fiberglass fenders. I am ready to go, after your advice and recommendations. I will be sure to keep everyone posted.