Okay, so I have been doing my research and lurking the forums for awhile trying to get my bearings before I get on here and ask the same novice questions that I’m sure have been asked over and over again. I will admit that I probably have much more to learn, but I want to jump into this. I am a hands-on learner when it comes to stuff like this and usually just need a little guidance sourcing parts, and then eventually on how to hook up and arrange the electronics.
What I am looking for is feedback, and constructive criticism on the build I am planning to do. I will post as many parts as I can, and would love others to chime in on what components they feel may be a better bang for the buck, especially if they make my build easier, more reliable, or efficient. I am willing to invest up to $1300-$1400 into the build with ~$600 going into the dual motor, and truck setup from Carvon. I think I should have plenty of cash to spare, no? Here is what I have come up with so far for basic component ideas. I know I will be missing a few parts so any guidance you fine people can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Trucks and Motor: As mentioned above, I plan to use the Dual Hub Motor Setup from Carvon. ( http://bit.ly/1plkHYC )
Battery(ies): I was thinking of just keeping it simple and going with Jason’s SPACE Cell at 10s which should provide enough power I’d think. I reached out to Jerry at Carvon, and they recommend 12s2p of A123 26650 cells. I have little experience working with wiring up batteries in series/parallel, but would be willing to put in the work if I can save a significant amount of money doing so, or if there is any other benefit to this besides the power gain. Thoughts?
UPDATE: Decided on Dexter’s 12s3p Battery pack!
VESC: Decided to skip ESC and just pre-ordered 2x VESC from torqueboards site.
Enclosure: I like the looks of Psychotiller’s stuff, and RunPlayBack’s custom enclosures look ideal for the SPACE cell if I end up going that route.
Deck: I decided that my current deck flexes wayyy too much and has a bit too much curve Shame, as I love the look and ride…oh well. Guess a fresh deck wouldn’t hurt this build…
UPDATE: Still undecided here, but I want to make a list of boards that I think look good. Maybe it will also help others. My requirements are pretty standard of the general community. Long(er) to fit the 12s3p pack comfortably, flat to fit electronics easily, low flex to prevent any issues, drop through ( because I can with hub motors and I like the look/ride, and made of the highest quality materials. Here’s my list so far…
- http://www.hi5ber.com/#!longboards/cm89 - Hi5ber Carbon Decks
- http://bit.ly/1pFNh6W - Method Suirado
- http://bit.ly/1pi66wu - Arbor Vugenhausen
http://bit.ly/1QRyOyL - Bustin Sportster Pro
Got into looking at custom/crazy looking boards for something different…
- http://bit.ly/1M3DSju Love this design for a hub motor board
- http://bit.ly/1QTfDU1 - Great style custom wood boards.
- http://bit.ly/1UctQPm Billet aluminum boards?! That may be pretty cool if I could figure out mounting. Dunno If the guy even makes them anymore though.
UPDATE 2: Finally decided on the Arbor Vugenhausen for my deck after all the looking around. Crossing my fingers, hoping everything will fit!
Controller: It seems most options are pretty good, I wouldn’t mind a nun chuck like the Wii, or Carvon remote and the torqueboards one looks cool if it’s as small as it looks in the pictures… What’s the best bang for my buck in your guys’ opinion? I want it to be small, preferably easy to install or work with given my other electronics, and customizable where it needs to be.
UPDATE: Went with Dexter’s mini controller.
Velcro/3M Adhesive Sheets
And again, I should have plenty left over If I am smart about it, what other goodies/refinement can I add to this thing to help take it to the next level? What am I missing, or what new product didn’t I see? Give me any and all advice you can muster! Thanks, I really appreciate it!!