First and foremost, I have @Gaz, a ‘mate’ of mine to ‘thank’ for getting me into this tangled web of eSk8 and for introducing me to yet another hobby that consumes a huge amount of time, money, patience, frustration, and most importantly, sheer enjoyment. This build has been nearly a year in the making, due to both my isolated location and spare time. I originally had a thread going over here (https://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/addicted-first-build-here-we-go/44387) but figured I’d tidy it up an little and put up a build thread to bring it all together. After a lot of deliberation, I opted to start the build with a Trampa Urban Carver board. My only intention for this board was to use it completely off-road so I needed a board with good clearance and big tyres. I was fortunate enough to be around when the group buy was offered by @scepterr for the Dark Matter motors and I picked up 2 of them. The natural progression was to then get one of the indestructible enclosed drive units from @Nowind. I love the fact that they are a sealed drive and there is NO WAY of any sticks, rocks, etc getting in the way. I was also fortunate to be around with the group buy for the ESCapes, from @stewii and I picked up 2 of these and then put them into the dual enclosure from @LukePL. The battery pack (including BMS) was built for me by @Marsen and this went into the enclosure from @Eboosted. When I started the build I was a little pedantic with everything, but, towards the end, I got a little impatient and started to ‘slap’ things together as you’ll see with the pics that show the mounting for the enclosure. This leads me to the name for this post…Great Northern: I live up North, but I also drink a beer called Great Northern. Bush Pig: That’s a term usually used for something rough and ugly and they also live around me (the real ones). I figured this board was an electronic version of a Bush Pig. Anyway, onto the pics…
The beer for up here.
This is the stage of the build where the Bush Pig name came to me.
I spent so much money on this build that I can’t even afford to buy shoes…LOL. In all seriousness, I choose not to wear shoes.
Two of my ‘toys’
Close to completion.
Mounting the enclosure. The point of no return.
The complete board
This box holds the dual ESCapes, remote Rx and bluetooth module. I have a flush mount LED battery meter on the side. The box was originally mounted to the deck with Duo Loc velcro, but it comes loose on the rough tracks so I use a zip tie to help hold it as well. Just adds to the ‘bush pig’ look.
Baby’s got back!
Note: This was my first build and if I were to do this again I would change a few things. Firstly, I’d go with a LaCroix deck from @Arch and I’d also be using the MBS trucks, especially now that @Nowind makes a drive system to suit those trucks.