I’ve been lurking around on this forum for about two weeks now and been reading like crazy. I’m partway into my build and thought I would ask for some advice from the community. I’m a studying Mechanical Engineer and seasoned DIY-hobbiest. I’ve got lots of CAD and 3D printing experience as well. This is an exciting and awesome project.
Here we go!
As it is right now, these are the parts I already have in hand:
TB VESC TB 6355 190kv Motor TB Single Motor Mech Kit TB 83mm Flywheels TB Caliber II Trucks Atom Drop Through Board (Old board, will definitely be replacing this) Amazon
Obligatory “Current Pictures”
Lovely back view showing the horribly destroyed rear of my board and the drive wheel (heel side)
Side view showing clearance, along with the installed rubber risers and top mounted TB trucks
Bottom view showing the motor setup, backwards motor pulley and how cramped I am for space. Further notes below.
I’ve got an excel sheet typed up with my list of components and what I think I am going to get for the rest of the build. Excel Doc
Most of the stuff I picked out is from reading the forum pretty thouroughly. I have not ordered the stuff that is in white. I’m kind of stuck here trying to decide if it is worth me upgrading to 12s and trying to fit the four zippy cells on there, for a bit more cost, or if I can be perfectly fine with just 10s.
I’m quite aware that I will be able to go decently fast (24-26 weighted) according to the esk8 calculator, however I am not super inclined to trust that completely, and I will probably have a backpack on half the time at college. Most of the places around college are flat, however, at home I have a few decent hills that I would like to conquer too.
From what I have seen, the benefits of 12s are increased speed and a decrease in heat in the motor, which is probably good for me, since I am running single drive. I am not super heavy, only about 145 lbs (66kg), but I should also factor in about +10lbs for backpack, etc.
I would prefer to not spend more money, and still have good range as well. I understand that 12s doesn’t change the range, but I think having more batteries would? I’m not sure on that.
If anyone out there is running the same base setup as me (190kv, VESC, 10 or 12s) I would love to know which batteries you’ve got and approximately how much range you get. I asked Dexter and he said probably about 8-12 miles which isn’t horrible but it’s not amazing either. I’m thinking, like an hour of screwing around between 15-25 mph. I’d like more, so if anyone has recommendations here that don’t include building a pack (money), I would also love to hear those.
Some notes on the pictures I uploaded. This is the old deck, however, the Arbor Axis, Atom Blue Geo, and the Sector 9 Fractal are all about the same price, and look great. They are also the same concave type, which I personally like. I know people don’t usually build on these because of the flex, but I will work it out. I will probably split the batteries and the electronics front and back in 3D printed enclosures.
Yes, the pulley is on backwards, and I have no idea how it is actually supposed to fit in there with the TB mechanical setup. There just isn’t room?? If someone knows what I did wrong, please point it out, because I have no clue. I spent about an hour filing down the inside corner of the mount so I could push it on far enough to even align the pullies. Very confused on that one.
I don’t think there is any problem with top-mounting the trucks, as I have seen many people do it, and I don’t think I would have enough space to do drop through. If someone knows how I can do drop through, I’d rather have that, because I’m used to riding drop through.
Other than all of that, I an very open to input on the rest of the build and really hope this community will be able to give me some valuable advice, or a go-ahead to finish ordering parts. I will keep this thread updated with new pictures and findings as I go on.
tl;dr I would love input on my build, pictures (and future video!) with my Galaxy S8