First Post! Full build is below. If anyone has thoughts or comments on the build I’d love to hear them. I think this site has given me a pretty good handle on everything but I’d love additional thoughts.
I’d like to start by thanking the entire community for creating this great site. It is a huge source of information as I’ve been planning this build!
Ironically (maybe?) I did a good bit of research before I signed up for an account so I’m currently waiting for my ability to post this to be unlocked
Looking to make this board into something I can ride during my daily routine in NYC (GF’s apartment, stores, gym, etc.). Current total build is ending up around $500 - but I’ve tried to pick components that I could grow into (or could be repurposed) and which would provide solid performance. If I really end up liking riding I’ll probably build either a higher performance board or a super compact board (for getting around NYC) in the future.
I’ve included a cost / order breakdown and also why I selected each piece - I didn’t include misc items like wiring and connectors but obviously there are some additional items that will need to be added:
Hobby King $108.52 Motor - SK3 6374 - Thought process was that this seems like a good balance of torque and top end speed that will be a nice balance in NYC. Amperage seems appropriate for my VESC and battery pack.
Mount - Thought I’d give it a shot for 10 bucks and see how it does but I’m really liking some of the custom mounts with idlers from the forum so I could see this being upgraded if I enjoy this.
Ebay $189.56 Trucks - 10’’ Caliber II - Basic trucks… I went with 44 degree vs. 50 degree given comments on stability. webay.com/itm/201986862845
Wheels - Flywheel Clones www.ebay.com/itm/Blank-Pro-90mm-Black-Longboard-Flywheels-ABEC-7-Bearings-Spacers/142442812904?epid=1577050401&hash=item212a40d5e8:g:cLEAAOSwhgJZZSrQ
Batteries Semi DIY 18650 - Probably the most controversial item in my build. These will probably be very bulky long term and have amperage limitations but I’m pretty new so to be honest I don’t see myself pushing them on the streets of NYC (though who knows maybe that will change!). Also I have alternative uses for them See the wiring diagram at the bottom of the post or in a follow up post (not sure how to do it). Theoretically if these BMS’s work then the whole thing should be able to be charged in parallel via a cheap 42v 2a charger though it will take a while to charge them. I COULD also add a 4th pack but now you’re talking a 10lb battery or something like that.
Remote Ebay Mini 2.4 GHZ https://www.ebay.com/itm/201983841938
CustomSkateboards.com $40.74 Deck looks relatively similar to boosted board - My only concern here is that I’m going to be fitting several big battery packs under the board and it could be pretty flexy… I’ve been giving this a little thought and may split the components/battery front and back the same way a boosted board does it. I don’t have enough experience to know but we shall see. www.customskateboards.com/blank-longboards/Blank-Freeride
$119.54 VESC and Servo Connector collections/esc-speed-controller/products/torque-esc-vesc-bldc-electronic-speed-controller Modular Wire Extensions Connects collections/electrical-connectors/products/wire-extensions-4mm-to-5-5mm
Forum $40.00 - Haven’t ordered yet but should be soon Pulley 15mm http://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/15mm-wide-pulley-kits-and-individual-parts-wheel-pulley-motor-pulley-belts-and-hardware/27184
I’m not sure if this will work but I will try to add it later if I can. I haven’t seen the BMSs yet so I will add that detail and more details on the batteries themselves if helpful.