So the latest year i’ve been pretty much spending all my time in the garage building way to expensive boards. This time my goal was to make something that feels like a real high end board but at a budget of 1000 euro, I call this a experiment build since it will never replace my trampa. I wanted to sacrifice as little as possible on the feel of the ride and the overall performance of the board, of course with my set budget i couldn’t go nuts and buy the best gear drives, deck, trucks etc so the decission fell on finding a cheap but yet decently reliable platform with it’s mechanics.
Having heard good things about @dickyho i started of with buying his drive kit including trucks, wheels, motor mounts and transmission, i also ordered the 6374 170kv motors from dicky since they are half the price of a sk3 motor.
Now i didn’t really expect much from theese parts to be honest, the whole package including import taxes and shipping set me back around 300 euro, so if it would prove to work over my modest expectations that’s a great deal. The parts arrived in a week and the quality of everything seemed solid, i attached it all on a random long board deck, switched the included bushings to some better quality ones i had laying around at home and used my trampas “universal electronic box(es)” to test it out. expectations exceeded by far!
The deck was however crap so i wasnt able to test it out properly. decided to take another blind shot and ordered a noname deck from ebay. Yet again i didn’t really have big expectations on this deck and yet again i was surprised, nice looking, rides great at high speeds and stiff enough to fit any enclosure underneath.
With the board itself with mechanics taken care of it was time for electronics, just so happened that enertion had it’s easter sale for their Unity so i picked up 2 of those for 360 euro setting me back another 180 on the build. I was hoping to get the build done before summer but yall know how this Unity shipping thing went, atleast i had plenty of time to build my battery and sorting out the small things.
Decided to build a 12s5p 30Q pack, ordered the cells from Nkon and i had a 12s 60A Smart BMS laying around at home, counting with the BMS, wires, nickel, insulation etc the battery cost me 300 euro to build and i got the enclosure from electricboardsolutions for 40 euro. From there it was just a waiting game for the unity.
I also had a Nano X remote, charger and all necessary wires/connectors already but for the sake of the budget i will call that another 100 euro.
The unity arrived yesterday so i just finnished the build up today and took it for a 20km test run, to board runs extremely smooth, has great torque and a top speed of around 60kph, moostly i’m impressed by the stuff from Dicky, the value of those parts are crazy. Now we just have to see how well they last over time.
The total price of the board added up to 990 euro so i dare to say mission succeded, now i intend to use my Abec 107mm wheels with seperate pulleys for this board but that’s another thing, it works great as it is with the airless AT wheels i got from Dicky.
So if anyone want to make a great board without blowing the bank feel free to use this build as inspiration, i really prefer this one over the Landyachtz street build i made earlier this year and that one has way more expensive parts.
Cheers - jens