First off hello and thank you for all the great information and contributions to this community resource, it’s a lot of fun to read when I should be working instead! I got into diy esk8 like maybe a lot of people after getting a commercial board and wanting more customization. So… on with the build…
… and before I get flamed on here, I know I am getting parts that are not the best doing an ebay build like this, but I am doing this as an experiment to see really how bad the experience can be. Can I make it work? Will parts be DOA? What is going to catch fire? I’m not going for a high performance build here.
Trying to keep basically as budget as I can with the focus being on comfortable straight line cruising at a leisurely 20mph and try to get a real life range of hopefully more than 10 miles. I’m not really sure what to expect for hill performance, but I’ll be happy if I could get close to 20%.
It’s important to say this build is meant to be primarily a learning experience. I realize I have made some choices that maybe will come back to bite me and be learning things the hard way. But I’m interested in how to build one of these and I’d rather R&D and blow up a cheaper setup the first time, and take what I’ve learned to do better on the next one.
Battery: $138.00 (I guess this seller has a bad rep on here, so probably not recommended) http://www.diyeboard.com/10s3p-18650-lithium-battery-pack-10s-36v-6ah-with-charger-p-631.html
Trucks / Hub Motors: $101.69 https://www.ebay.com/itm/550W-90mm-Electric-Skateboard-Motors-Drive-Parts-Dual-6364-Hub-Longboard-Kit-US/323712343023?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
VESC (qty 2): $99.74(Chinese copy? Too cheap to be true?) https://www.ebay.com/itm/HGLRC-Flipsky-50A-Electronic-Speed-Controller-ESC-For-Electric-Skateboard/401692035273?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
Rubber Risers (1/2"): $8.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BEF90WS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1
Hardware (1 3/4"): $7.59 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C87DX9W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1
Enclosure (from @psychotiller, my smartest buy yet) : $60 https://psychotiller.com/collections/enclosures/products/stealth-18
Riser (3mm used on top under X-Brace for soft mount): $4.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BEF910E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1
Total So Far
Still need to get a few things like connectors, wires and screws to finish the enclosure. I’ll also be adding front and rear lights so I can ride at night.
I guess most of all I would really love some input on what to do for grip. I have seen a lot of people use glass and it’s really pretty but it scares me and I don’t have any good graphic or panting skills. I was really interested in the rubber grip tape but everyone I have seen use it peels off so bad. Maybe just grip tape with artwork on it. Open to suggestion.
Please let me know if you have any advice or want to comment on anything, looking for feedback!
I know I probably won’t get too much out of these motors just by looking at the phase wires coming out of them being so small. If anyone has any experience using what looks like Meepo hub motors with a VESC would be helpful! Thanks!