I’ve been trying to read diy’s and lots of posts around the forum (which is pretty awesome, I can’t wait to familiarize myself more). But man, there’s a lot of information out there and it’s kind of overwhelming me. For example, looking at someone’s build list, I literally have no clue how/why they picked those parts. Then looking at parts individually, I have no clue if they will work together (I’m pretty new at longboarding AND electric kits).
I currently have a 40" drop through board with Churchill “raven” trucks and some basic 80mm wheels. I know I’ll have to buy wheels that will be compatible with a wheel pulley. I generally just cruise around for fun and I don’t live in an area with a lot of hills. Probably won’t be commuting super long distances.
I’ve read you want a motor with a kv between 200-300(?), with 245kv being a common choice. Currently looking at Turnigy sk3 6364 unless someone can give me different options. I’m a bit unfamiliar with specs and brands.
For the motor mount, i’ve seen the words caliber and paris thrown around. And when I looked it up, they were actual trucks. What is the difference between those and the ones I currently have (Churchill Raven’s), just the shape for the motor mount to slide on right? I don’t have the ability to fashion my own motor mount so I’m assume I’ll have to upgrade my trucks. Any good alternatives to caliber’s?
I can see how the mechanical (non-electric) parts work, however it’s a little confusing how people would choose 1 gearing ratio vs another. Could someone explain? Nonetheless, I was looking at diyelectricskateboard’s single bolt on motor mount w/drive wheel kit 16/36t, unless someone can offer opinions/alternatives.
Can someone explain how to choose a battery, I read the sticky on “What is Battery “C” rating” and understand the battery’s capacity and peak output. I also saw that they recommended a 60a peak battery. But how would I go about picking what type/brand/size battery? and how would you estimate a battery’s range? (if I went with a sk3 6364 motor, 83(?)mm wheels, standard gearing, flat terrain, and I weigh roughly 170lbs/77kg). Carrying onto the next point, I saw ESC’s are offered in 6s/12s variants, which I’m guessing has to do with the battery.
(Is it simple to carry extra batteries to switch out? or do you go with whatever capacity you can and just charge it at once?)
ESC - I’ve heard a lot of good things about VESC but I also heard there was a steeper learning curve for it. I’ve done some programming classes in college, do you guys think I would be ok with the VESC? Also, what other popular/easy/(or maybe)cheaper ESC’s are there out there?
Lastly, I don’t have a 3d printer, but I did see the g2tb mini controller mod and I like it a lot. Are there any similar out-of-the-box small controllers? or would they be around enertion’s thumb stick controller’s price range (kinda expensive).
Not sure what my price range is. I could add the recommendations/everything up and try to compromise somewhere. I did see sl33py’s priority part’s post somewhere, which was pretty helpful.
Thanks in advance!