shipping is going to fluctuate a bit depending on location - let alone import fees/taxes. So i’ll outline my recommendations with just basic pricing to get you going.
I had a great chat with @exnor the other day and here’s part of our discussion:
costs wise - the DIY can be cheaper for sure. but if you want a
premium deck like Loaded… it’s easy to spend 150-250 on a nice deck.
single vs dual motors and the type of motor really makes a difference.
Between the extra motor mounts (again one of the most expensive
components), and the gears (motor/wheel).
I’d break it down like so:
deck - $30-$250
trucks - $20-60
bearings - free to $80
Wheels - clones $30 - $80
motor mount(s) - $70-150 (each)
Gearing (motor/wheel) included in kit to $50ish
Motor(s) - realistically $50-100 for <6s or 12s 100-180
ESC(s) - >6s = hobby/RC $60-80. >6s (8/10/12) = $100-200. x2 if dual motor. VESC are my preferred at 150’ish.
Misc (wire, solder, connectors, etc.) - $50 or more
So realistically - picking a cheapish board (not ebay blank for $30),
good trucks, bones reds bearings (minimum IMO), clone wheels and single
SK3 motor setup (gears/motor mount, etc) - i’d guess $600-700
Dual setup, trying to have a less expensive setup - no crazy $300 deck - likely about 900-1k.
You can super budget together a board for probably around $400. If
you can work aluminum w/ a router and file you can make your own motor
mounts and save even more $. I think onloop did a video on <$400
setup. I don’t have the time/skill/tools to make my own quite yet, so i
buy the kits to get the gears/mount/belts/etc.
I would usually get my components from one or two places to minimize shipping costs. I’ve had great/fast service from both Enertion and (Torqueboard’s site).
For a single setup, here’s what i’d get
Deck - personal preference. I have some cheap blanks to custom carbon $250+ decks (i think i have 8 or 9 decks now - only a few are electric).
Motor mount - either Enertion or DIYes. ($60-70 for mount only)
Alternatively - and likely save a few $ - the kit from DIYes including gears/belt. (117ish)
Of the two mounts - depending on your deck (enertion is semi-adjustable, DIYes is almost fully adjustable and better for odd boards like drop decks or running motor in back more easily), i like the Enertion’s simplicity and ease of belt adjustment better. Unless you have an odd board or use where you need full adjustment or reverse orientation of the DIYes mount. You might be able reverse enertions as well - not positive.
But i prefer the wheel gear from DIYes vs Enertion’s new injected molded gear which requires his trucks or to modify your caliber trucks to fit. both are 12mm wide belt which is better for single motor setup (more contact area on belt = less skipping when braking hard).
Motor - DIYes 63mm motors, or Enertion R-Spec. Either the 6355 ($120ish) or 6372 ($160’ish).
DIYes 6355 230kv sensored ($90) or DIYes 6374 230kv also sensored (120)
Trucks - Caliber II 50’s are easiest and i like them. pick a color/raw you like ($60)
Belts and gears - if not in a kit already - i would go for 14/36 as most easily available and geared down for slower speed. Belt will be difficult to guess - there are some online calculators to help order the right length. You can expect to pay 10-35 or so for gears (motor side 10-15, wheel side pulley 35ish).
If you want the low profile (not visible on the outside of wheel, and are willing to modify your caliber truck hanger to fit (dremel/cut off material) - the Enertion kit is a good option 15/36. ( $42ish)
ESC vs VESC. you need to do some reading on pro’s vs con’s. This is a Coke vs Pepsi type debate. I love my VESC’s and think they are worth the effort to use.
VESC - from Ollin/Chaka or Enertion. 150-180’ish
DIYes 12s ESC - ($145) but remember you’ll need the $15 programming card too. he has several other ESCs including VESC (batch order for $99).
I’m working in my head backwards from the back of board forward… So next is Rx.
Controller - Tx/Rx - GT2b. Then if you have access to a 3d printer or want to pay for a new enclosure you can pick one of the versions (badwolf, Flatline customs, or baby buffalo). ($25 + $ for new enclosure)
here’s my how-to for GT2b into badwolf:
there are other controllers - Wiiceiver/Kama is a good option if you don’t have much 2.4ghz interference where you ride. Enertion has a nice controller, Winning little mini controller, etc. I like the GT2b the best for rechargeability, and rock-solid connection.
Batteries - I’d recommend starting w/ two batteries in series. Something like 2 x 3s, or 2 x 4s. You can then add a 3rd or 4th if you want to go to 9s and 12s later. More powerful, and faster if your ESC supports 9/12s. It’s also nice to give your board to a friend on 6s vs 12s so it’s easier to learn on (less powerful).
Hobbyking has a ton - i would select the thinner 3/4s batteries like these:
3s Turnigy 5000mAh (23mm thick!) - ($25ish)
4s Zippy Compact 5000mAh - 29mm thick (40ish)
You can also look at 18650 packs from Enertion (SPACE cell) or custom from @barajabali - just more expensive usually.
That’s it for electronics…
Wheels - 83mm flywheel clones from ebay or amazon - $40ish
bearings - i like good bearings, but you can get no-name or bones reds to start for free(included w/ wheels) or bones reds 20ish. Tekton or Biltins are my favorite. Good bearings, and maintenance to extend bearing life are really part of skating IMO.
digest digest digest - i know i just dumped a ton of info on you. You’re lucky you have your Dad’s friend’s garage to work w/ his tools. With some help from your friend this can be a fun project and GL!