THIS BOARD IS FOR A FRIEND, NOT ME
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Imma be honest with you. My friend’s a pretty weird guy. He’s very ambitious, and to achieve his many goals in life, has contracts with his friends (me being one of them), where we are responsible for making sure he completes a set of weekly goals or activities on time, and if not, he has to punish himself by rewarding us in some way, usually monetarily.
Well, his deal with me was to spend at most 200€ on some esk8 part, a body pillow for a person of my choosing, and 50 cheese burgers from Hesburger. (As you can tell, I had input on the esk8 part, but the rest was his choosing)
Well, he failed his commitments once, but since I was abroad, I couldn’t receive any of the rewards. Or so I thought, when a month later a fucking body pillow showed up at my door.
Few months later he failed again, but this time I made a deal with him –
And so we came up with a look for the deck that he liked, and sent the concept art to @Sender for him to do his magic.
Looking pretty good with the arctic blues, don’t it?
Tim needed a high resolution image to work with. So we paid a guy on Fiverr 8$ to upscale our original image. But somewhere in the process of sharing files, compression got in the way, and @mmaner was forced to painstakingly redraw the whole picture into higher res
In the end, all of the money went into the deck and enclosure + shipping, leaving me with 100€ to finish the build. My friend didn’t want to analog skate, because “he’s not a pussy”, so every part in this build except for the deck was just something I had lying around.
- Hummie deck with custom artwork by @Sender (fine frit)
- @BigBen single stack enclosure
- 12s2p 3Ah battery with LG HB6 – 60A discharge built by @pjotr47 (salvaged from my 1st build)
- Refurbished Trampa Vesc 6 plus from @seaborder
- Mini remote from Nexus Boards (@Anubis)
- Torque Boards direct drive kit with 75KV motors bought used from @Thomas I believe?
- TorqueBoards 110mm 78A wheels from the same guy
- Used e-caliber truck on the front from @Jamie42
Building process and rationale
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The final plan for this board involves Surf Rodz TKP trucks in drop through, arctic blue 72A wheels, a puck remote, 12s4p 30Q and dual 6355 motors mounted rearwards. Well, my friend ain’t paying me shit, so I’ll lend him what I have.
The battery is from my first build. It has terrible range, because it’s flight safe. Has a discharge BMS though, so I don’t have to bother with an anti-spark
I started by putting a layer of craft foam in the deck cutout, and used the same sticky foam meant for gaskets to create a foam wall on the edges to protect everything inside.
After putting some more foam around the battery, it fits snug as a glove!
It’s got some Velcro on the top which will connect it to the enclosure, so that it doesn’t slide up into the empty space.
The previous light switch I used for this battery was pretty sketch, so I went out and bought a new one
Here’s everything plugged in and foamed-up against sharp corners. Charging port is fused of course. I also routed the receiver antenna to outside the enclosure
Since I only had a single ESC available, I took one of the direct drives off the hanger. Free roll is amazing, but torque not so much.
Vesc settings are as follows:
Mode: Current with reverse (because you get poor braking otherwise)
Motor: +80A -80A
Battery: +60A -20A
I enabled current limiting for ERPM to kick in at around 28km/h and end at 35km/h. My friend would definitely kill himself on this board if he went any faster. + the baseplate for the direct drives is 50 degrees, and it did NOT like me trying to use an angled riser on it.
Finally, I bolted the enclosure shut with nice washers from @Sender and some blue loctite (the only time I even used loctite on this build ), and finished the build up by velcroing the on-off switch to the riser between the truck and the deck.
And that’s it! It’s quite weak due to the single drive, and the motor heats up fast, and then it’s REALLY SLOW when thermal throttling starts (I set strict limits due to current FW bugs), but braking is passable at these speeds, and it’s very quiet when cruising at a constant speed. I don’t recommend others try using just 1 direct drive, but hey, gotta do watcha gotta do. Friend will pick the board up next week, might have some videos to share then. Ta-ta for now!