Hey, everybody. This is my first time posting here, although I’ve browsed and lurked for a few months now. I’ve had my Evolve Bamboo GT since November 2017 and use it to commute every day - I’ve probably put 800-1,000 miles on it. While I like it, there are quite a few glaring problems I want to address. Most importantly, the remote connection issues are completely absurd and get worse by the week - I simply don’t trust Evolve products at this point. In order to use a different remote, I know I have to replace the majority of the internals.
I’m going to keep the stock Evolve Deck, Enclosure, Trucks, and Motor Mounts. I’ve already replaced the motors with 2 RacerStar 140kv, which might get upgraded in the future. I’ve looked around a lot for similar projects to mine, but I usually just find a bunch of battery upgrade posts. I fully intend on documenting and posting my build process once I’ve completed it. I have a few questions related to key electrical components and how I can reuse certain Evolve parts with them, since for everything else I could browse the many board build guides available on this forum.
Battery & BMS: For my battery I was planning on either building or buying a 10S3P or 10S4P. I found a CAD file for an Evolve Bamboo GT enclosure riser, so I’ll have to get that 3D printed. Can I still use the Evolve charging port and charger if I replace the BMS? If anybody has pre-built battery recommendations or has a preferred 3D printing service either online or in the NYC area then let me know!
Switch: I’d love to re-use the power button that came with my board, but I have no idea how reasonable that is. This switch off DIYElectricSkateboard is exactly what I want, but if there’s an easy and cheaper (and in stock) way to do the same thing then I’d love to hear it.
VESC: Learned a lot from this How-To on VESCs and Heatsinks. I was considering coughing up the money for a double FOCBOX build and I did find a pretty cool post on a custom Evolve Dual FOCBOX Heatsink. However, and I know this has been discussed ad nauseam, are there some cheaper, trustworthy alternative VESCs? More specifically, which ones would work nicely with the Evolve Bamboo GT’s heatsink? Maytech and Torque seem to get mixed reviews, so I’m hesitant to pull the trigger on them.
Thanks in advance to anybody willing to help me out.