The Electric Skateboard trend is growing at such a rate that it can hardly be called a “trend” anymore. Some might call it a movement, but we prefer to refer to it as a revolution. It’s no secret that light electric vehicle technology not only saves consumers money on things like gas and car upkeep bills, but LEVs are also saving the environment.
But you already knew that, didn’t you? You’re ready to jump in and get your hands dirty with a Diy Electric Skateboard garage project, and we’ve got the guide to help you do just that.
Building your own electric skateboard is no walk through the park. There are going to be quite a few decisions to make before you start mounting and drilling so take notes.
DIY Electric Skateboard Steps
Decide on a Deck
Generally, you’re going to want to opt for a longboard style deck with plenty of clearance underneath. A board of that size will give you the most stability when approaching higher speeds and also won’t throw you in the event that you accidentally hit an obstruction.
There are a number of great companies that you can buy your deck from and you don’t just have to search for an ‘e-skateboard deck,’ instead, look for any longboard deck or design you might like.
Of course, if you’re a true handyman, you might just opt to make your own deck. In that case, you’re probably going a lot further than most!
There are some great resources for help with molding your own deck. Good luck!
For a full guide on choosing the best deck for you, cruise on over to our electric skateboard deck guide.
Motor and Electronics
There are going to be a few different approaches here and we suggest you start by understanding the nitty gritty in our electric skateboard motor guide.
The method we most recommend for ease and safety is buying a motor mount kit or, at least, a power kit. These can be purchased online and come in a variety of types from the most basic to the more advanced.
Of course, you can opt to build your own motor from scratch. Many of the materials you’ll need— esc, controller, motor, and battery— are available at hobby stores. For a detailed, note-by-note guide for building a motor we suggest you check out this guide.
The Drive Train
If you’re confused as to what a drivetrain is as opposed to a motor, you’re not alone. The drive train is essentially what communicates the motor with the wheels, effectively helping to move your electric skateboard. Some of those kits mentioned above might already contain a drivetrain but, in the event that you’re building from scratch, you’re going to need some know how.
There are two types of drivetrains you’re going to have to choose from: belt-driven and chain-driven.
Honestly, the difference in performance is going to be negligible. The belt pulley is going to be much quieter but will wear out faster than a chain and is susceptible to snapping. A chain pulley is going to be much noisier but you’re not going to have to replace it as often unless something get’s stuck in it and you’re forced to fix it.
There are some great drivetrains you can buy and mount pretty easily. If you’re going to build a DIY electric skateboard drivetrain, check out this guide from electric-skateboard.builders for an in-depth look.
Protect Your Valuables
Now that you’ve got the technical components to run your DIY electric skateboard, you’re going to want to protect them. A sturdy enclosure will ensure that all the precious little pieces that control your board don’t get shredded when you run over a curb.
Luckily, if you’re buying anything premade or a kit, it most likely came with an enclosure so you’re probably good there. Still, if you’ve built everything else and are looking for something to cover your electronics while you’re busy designing that perfect enclosure, there are many premade styles to choose from.
To make your own, professional enclosure will take some technical and electrical know-how. Of course, you can always opt for something a little less pretty or showy and a bit more utilitarian, that won’t take more than some pieces of metal and an electric drill.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
With the buzz about electric skateboards reaching a fever pitch, the community as a whole is growing. There is no shortage of folks out there willing to help the novice (or advanced) e-skateboarder build their own electric skateboard of their dreams! Before you go out and start getting things together, make sure to head on over to our list of the 10 Best LEV Forums and get connected! And remember, the most important part of building any light electric vehicle is having fun! Good luck and happy building!
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