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by Raketemensch
Aug 27 2019 6:21pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

I'd love a phaserunner, but it's twice the cost. The hackability of the Kelly would've totally sucked me in as a younger man, but now i'm old and just want things to work... Thanks for the heads-up on the Vruzends! I'll definitely pick up a 52v and spin that little potentiometer. It might even be wo...
by Raketemensch
Aug 27 2019 1:01pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

It's been an amazing summer on this thing -- waning daylight hours suck. My oldest starts junior high tomorrow, which means not only getting up early again, but getting up an hour earlier than the last 7 years. Bleh. We went camping this past weekend, and having an ebike at the campground is just th...
by Raketemensch
Aug 08 2019 9:57am
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!
Replies: 20
Views: 3103

I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV or Kia Niro PHEV may work for you. Yeah, I was checking them out, they look pretty cool. At first glance I thought that neither brand struck a chord with me, but then I remembered I’ve been driving an Eclipse Spyder for 6 years now... Somehow, the Mitsubishi brand just...
by Raketemensch
Aug 07 2019 6:22pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!
Replies: 20
Views: 3103

I bought a used Chevy Volt - and you probably should too!

We’ve got a Honda Element, which we love. Our 2 boys are just starting into their teens, and there’s still a ridiculous amount of leg room. I have really wanted to switch to a PHEV, but they’re all been sedans pretty much up until late 2018. Now, though, that seems to be changing — and as sad as I a...
by Raketemensch
Aug 05 2019 9:29am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Thanks, that’s sensible advice. I’ve had them fail myself and didn’t even think of it. I need to pick some up for a trailer I built anyway...
by Raketemensch
Aug 04 2019 5:21pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

We're in Wildwood, NJ for the week. We bought a big cargo hitch rack for the car, without thinking about the fact that, like, that's where the bike rack goes? Expert planners, here. Let us plan your next wedding! The hitch rack is awesome, I have to admit, we got every single bit of beach crap that ...
by Raketemensch
Jul 29 2019 12:06pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

bakaneko wrote:
Jul 29 2019 11:28am
when i do this i always feel like some "no fun Nancy" is calling the cops on me trying to ruin my fun and day. :confused:
When you do what, try to conserve battery?
by Raketemensch
Jul 27 2019 11:19am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Thanks! Turns out it was well worth the effort. That little 11t makes suuuuuch a difference for me. I use Strava, so I don't have a speedometer, but I'm pretty sure I'm still able to pedal at ~25mph. Maybe a little less. I went for a longer shakedown run yesterday and stopped a couple of times to ma...
by Raketemensch
Jul 24 2019 7:52pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Adventures On The Cheap

I ordered a 3mm spacer as well as a 5mm one, figuring one of them would have to be right. I’m glad I did, because I ended up needing both. At this point I’m practiced enough that it only took me about 15 minutes to pull the wheel, swap the freewheel and remount it. It works great now, though. I just...
by Raketemensch
Jul 20 2019 3:53pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Another "stealth bomber" build.
Replies: 98
Views: 14794

Re: Another "stelth bomber" build.

That's pretty sweet.
by Raketemensch
Jul 20 2019 9:55am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Adventures On The Cheap

I had a c-washer, but I can’t seem to find it. I have the proper spacers coming from Grin, I finally bit the bullet and spent $15 shipping on 2 washers.... They arrive Thursday, and it should be a really quick swap now. I finally extended my battery wires yesterday so that I could move the controlle...
by Raketemensch
Jul 18 2019 11:26am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

I actually have a few Os, but they don't fit inside the freewheel. I wish I had a bench grinder so I could just take a little off of them, maybe I can stop by a friend's house this weekend and take them down a little. Should there be a metal tube? Thanks for all the help everyone, the picture was ex...
by Raketemensch
Jul 17 2019 1:01pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

As long as they just clear the freewheel, you can use any old M14 / 9/16" washer for additional space if you need it. When you say "just clear," do you mean that they should fit inside the freewheel? In my head that makes the most sense -- they would butt up against the axle inside the freewheel an...
by Raketemensch
Jul 07 2019 11:07am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Another "stealth bomber" build.
Replies: 98
Views: 14794

Re: Another "stelth bomber" build.

What was your older highest, just for comparison?
by Raketemensch
Jul 04 2019 10:16pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Thanks, I just ordered a pair.

I'm concerned that they won't be enough, this freewheel seems to be pretty deep, but we'll see when they arrive.
by Raketemensch
Jul 04 2019 5:46pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Well, every spacer that I’ve seen for sale is 12mm, so maybe this particular hub has a fatter axle, as it straight-up won’t fit over the threads.
by Raketemensch
Jul 03 2019 9:59pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Woke up at 4 this morning to spend 2.5 hours sitting on a plane today before it finally took off for a 5.5-hour flight. Landed, and drove around Jersey for an hour picking up the dog at a friend’s house, then another 2.5 hours to get home. Dragged my ass out to the mailbox to grab the spacers before...
by Raketemensch
Jul 03 2019 8:44am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Another "stealth bomber" build.
Replies: 98
Views: 14794

Re: Another "stelth bomber" build.

I think the stiffer spring is the right call, since you also have to consider the weight of the bike, too.

Looking good.
by Raketemensch
Jul 01 2019 12:43am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Adventures On The Cheap

I’ve been on the west coast visiting friends and family for 2 weeks, and I will be getting home on Wednesday. The spacers I’d ordered to get the freewheel working will be waiting, as will the wires that will let me move the controller to the rear rack. The bike is all disassembled, just waiting for ...
by Raketemensch
Jun 18 2019 9:57am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: 72V 3000W Cyclone Electric and Gas Generator Build (SBP kit) - Three Phase Dev
Replies: 60
Views: 5960

Re: 72V 3000W Cyclone Electric and Gas Generator Build (SBP kit) - Three Phase Dev

bakaneko wrote:
Jun 17 2019 8:07pm
At most without the plastic, the generator engine should be 9" tall and 10-12" length depending on the pull cord housing.
I wonder how much torque you would need to electric-start an engine that small?
by Raketemensch
Jun 16 2019 12:12am
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Nice build thread. It's a fun read :) Your kit looks the same as what I used for my wife's bike. The two pin red and black is full battery voltage whenever the controller is switched on. I use it to power lights. I still have yet to figure out what the four pin can be used for, but I'm guessing a d...
by Raketemensch
Jun 15 2019 3:10pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

Last week I went out and had some Adventures in Range Anxiety. There's a really cool town about 25 miles away, over the border into MA, so I wanted to see if I could make it there and back. I've done a couple of 20-mile rides and come back with over half the battery, at least according to my cheap h...
by Raketemensch
Jun 13 2019 11:07am
Forum: Motor Technology
Topic: Will Statorade make a hub motor quieter?
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: Will Statorade make a hub motor quieter?

Thanks! Although I want a quieter motor, I'm not sure I :$300: want a quieter motor...

It's an amazing controller, but a little out of my price range at the moment. Someday...
by Raketemensch
Jun 12 2019 1:30pm
Forum: Motor Technology
Topic: Will Statorade make a hub motor quieter?
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Will Statorade make a hub motor quieter?

Granted, it's pretty quiet as it is, but of course we have to pursue perfection for some stupid reason, right?
by Raketemensch
Jun 08 2019 12:58pm
Forum: E-Bike Build Threads / Photos & Video
Topic: Adventures On The Cheap
Replies: 75
Views: 5071

Re: Adventures On The Cheap

What is your Torque Arm set-up now? I don't see one in the pics. Surely you weren't riding it w/out one? What style torque arm do you have now? Was it a genaric supplied in the motor kit? Before you do anything else, I would mock-up two TA's, which because of the shallowness of your drop-outs (and ...