[WIKI] A beginner guide to DIY an ESK8

changing this to a wiki will allow community contributions. but you’d be opening it up for everyone to edit.

Is there not a way to set the wiki restrictions to levels ?

Well I’m not sure how many people take the time to screw up a wiki page on purpose. Honestly it doesn’t matter what forum you go on you’re going to get the same “dumb” questions over and over even if search was used. Sure it’s a pain sometimes but this sport is changing fast. What was the new hotness a few months ago might be old and busted by the time a new member searches(or doesn’t) something.

Don’t forget this


Very accurate if used correctly. I use about 88% efficiency on dual. Maybe someone has better numbers for single


How do I make the post into a wiki?

This is a forum builder, a wiki would require a separate website framework. I don’t think its necessary. This is enough to cover the ground basic concept. More or less people only need to know about which motor to pick, which battery to pick, which esc to pick, the necessary components needed and how everything is assembled. For people who build RC this is a no brainer, since I wasnt at the beginning knowing the overview scope make huge difference.

The details, shops and gimmicks are secondary thing. Its within members in their own time to make their builds better. But knowing how simple esk8 is, is the most important value.

Turning a forum into a wiki is as easy as giving admin access to every account. :rofl: LoL

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Great work! Maybe add, measure twice, cut once. In that order.

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Measure twice, cut once?

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Maybe you can add some links from posts that go deeper in a specific topic like motor, esc and battery. So someone can read this post and can learn more about a certain topic in another threat. Great post btw!

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I’m not an admin or level 3 :confused: Maybe one of the moderators could change it to a wiki?

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Yes that’s a very good idea, I already linked the video about the vesc that someone posted above :slight_smile: Send me some links from good posts you know so I can add them.

Yeah good idea, here are some:

A realy good one about batteries @evoheyax

Here are some from @onloop: Deck https://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/what-deck-is-best-for-building-your-own-electric-skateboard/30 diy drivetrain https://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/beginners-guide-to-building-your-own-electric-skateboard-drivetrain/53 the costs of building your own eskate https://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/are-diy-electric-skateboards-cheaper-the-false-economy/165 C rating https://www.electric-skateboard.builders/t/what-is-battery-c-rating-is-it-important-for-electric-skateboards/36

This is just a quick search, there are probably more good threads! :slight_smile:


Added! :slight_smile:


Cut drill hack whatever you’re doing once its done its done. So yeah, measure twice, before drilling cutting hacking etc

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Hey brotha, this is great! I think if a noob reads through this they’ll get a great perspective of what’s involved in a build. What’ I’m finding lately is people asking of soldering is involved or any manipulation to the parts they purchase. I think if a perspective builder is shying away from soldering and some tinkering, to make sure their parts work in concert, then maybe DIY isn’t for them. That could be a disclaimer or preface you might want to add. When a noob sees the sum of these parts some individuals think its plug and play Either way, this write up is super valuable to the community. Awesome contribution!

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Thank you! This was a great place for me to start! Short, concise and informative!


very informative, i will come often and learn!


Im doing a college project and decided to make a Normal skateboard electric. I have no idea what I am doing so will someone please help me out?

So far im looking at buying Turnigy Heavy Duty 4000mAh 6S 60C Lipoly Battery Pack from Hobbycraft, Link Below:

Im also looking at the Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 6364-190KV Brushless Outrunner Motor, link below:

Please will anyone advise me if these are good, will they work? What ESC should I be using, pulley system drivetrain? I need all the help I can get.


Did you read the guide? Where are you from? Motor is good, battery can be cheaper (20c is more than enough)