I was just curious about buildkitboards. I want to start building my own but is this a good option or am I going to wish I would have just built my own?
Maybe not the right place
Hi Jbird, ! I have just received my BKB Tayto yesterday , I think this is a great way to start when you ever want to get super-serious with building your own board. It’s quite an adventure to do everything yourself and this one is do-able with some help from friends.
A total build starting from scratch will be quite a challenge and i think will take the fun out of it at some point (encountering problems /too many different parts available/ not matching/ not knowing enough/ etc etc.
This build , the BKB build, is challenging enough and very satisfying and the quality seems very good ! I just went out on a first ride , and its a blast ;-)))
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Compared to the boards you guys build would these kit keep up
All depends on the price. Which kit are you looking at?
Short answer is yes, but it’s obviously not in the same league as a 2-3k monster. If you get a dual motor kit, I think they use 2x6354 motors with no big problems in the rest of the build that’s gonna hold them back a lot so you’ll have a good time. 2x6354 is going to perform a lot better than a boosted board, and it’s comfortably into enthusiast territory. My first build was a single 6354, I’m a fairly big guy, and I still only upgraded recently
I want it to be pretty mean lol… but my budget is about 2000 bucks
I am looking at the duo kit
Ahh ok I had assumed when you said you’re looking at the BKB kits that they were around what you could afford. For 2000 you can certainly do better, but you could also get way too ambitious and overspend, or take on more than you can handle, spend ages waiting for individual stuff to arrive etc etc.
I’d recommend going through the DIY Builds category. Take a look at builds across different price ranges, but especially anything that’s in the 1000-3000 range for you. Lots of people give full cost rundowns and/or document how much time and effort went in, and if the thread isn’t like 2 years dead there will likely be people to answer questions you have about speed, range, comfort etc
So realistic lmao
Yeah I can see myself doing that lol
The kit is a good intro into Esk8 and has a few advantages:
- you get all the parts at once.
There’s no waiting for weeks and sometimes months to have what you need for a build which is very common when DIYing a board
- you’re guaranteed that all the parts are compatible
Another thing lots of first time and even some experienced builders run into is buying parts from different vendors and finding out they don’t all jive.
- the kit has step-by-step instructional vids on how to put everything together.
This was really helpful for me the first time around. They also provide several of the tools you will need
- most of the components are good quality
Without being familiar w the various vendors in esk8 sourcing quality parts will be a challenge. There’s lots of great vendors in the community but there’s also lots of questionable ones
These are the pros. The cons imho are
- the battery pack in the kit leaves something to be desired
It will work fine but I believe it’s prone to failure given the construction and safety measures taken
- you’re forced onto either a short board platform of the new duo kit which is a high flex longboard
Neither would be my first choice but the Tayto seems to be the superior choice imo
- the enclosure is abs and not that rugged
This, however easily fixable via some truck bed liner.
There’s a “is diy right for me” sticky on the forum. Read it and then decide if u wanna go down that road. It’s fun AF but also a money pit and can be,frustrating when all u wanna do is ride.
Last option, and possibly the best if you just wanna get on the road is to keep your eyes out in the “completes for sale” section. You can pick up some SICK completes there if you check regularly. Caveat emptor tho.
That is twice I have read that the tayto kit is the better one but I like a long board can you please explain why the tayto kit is superior in your opinion
Would hands down recommend BKB if you are looking to get your feet wet with DIY.
The boards specs are competitive for the price point but you will NOT be getting an ends all be all board. It definitely isn’t a slouch though compared to the most of the mass produced board in the market.
Once you are done with building BKB though you will have a pretty solid foundation on all the parts.
@BuildKitBoards is known to be helpful to his customers on trouble shooting issue. I spend ALOT of time and money dealing with compatiblity issues and blowing up parts during my first build (I have a box of belts and vesc to prove it granted those were the dark days of crappy FW) BKB kit helps you through the process. Big chunk of the value from the kit to me is the knowledge you gain, its almost like tuition.
And if you are hungry for more that BKB use components that are part of the DIY ecosystem.
Compared to prebuilds its very easy to upgrade a BKB board.
Need stablity? Swap out the trucks, you can still keep the motor mounts and motor
Need more range? Add another 10s battery to the board
Deck too flexy? Deck swap isn’t hard
The new duo’s deck is way too flexible to be stable at speed. The tayto is also a bit scary at higher speeds bc of the much shorter turning radius. Fyi, the first thing I did w the Tayto kit was change the bushings to riptides and get better wheels. If u do these two upgrades alone it goes a long way to significantly improving the ride. Ultimately, it’s hard to beat the value of the kit as long as you know what you’re getting.
Hey guys I’ve been trying to read about split ppm and CAN BUS and all I can find is smart ppl arguing??? You guys wanna help me out lol
Eh it’s basically only relevant if you want to run two separate single ESCs. CAN bus means one master ESC reads the signal from the remote receiver, then communicates with the second ESC over a shared bus connection. Split PPM is when you try to run one remote receiver to two ESCs.
Neither are super relevant to the BKB kit, because it uses a specific dual ESC that doesn’t need to fuss around with that. It has one of each type of input, one microcontroller, just two power stages attached.