John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

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John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 21, 2017 12:38 pm

Hello to all !

This year i had the option to buy a cheap but rosty E-Gator for a few bugs .
It was lot of hard Work !
So i made lot of Photos from the rebuild . so lets start the Picture-Story .


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inside the E-gator
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the motor
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the dead Battery
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 21, 2017 12:49 pm

so i start work
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so much dam rost everywhere !
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paintwork
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special paint for more grip
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 21, 2017 1:10 pm

for the next step i demount the DC-Brushmotor
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i also demount the axel
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the rame is a real lightweight and easy to lift
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and again rost everywhere
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after paintjob
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so on the backside and batteryspace all rost is terminated
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next step the front
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again lot to paint......

................more paint
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 23, 2017 10:17 am

Hello again some new Photos

here is a lost picture ...work on the axel
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now its getting interesting ...............
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the controller -gasket was broken i made a new seal (luck there was only a little oxidized inside )
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inside the controller
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so next work clean the DC- motor and repair the dead TachoPOL-Wheel

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much dirt inside
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the old TachoPOL was broken so every broken Magnet build two new poles (North andSouth)
Thats the reasen why the motor turn to slow !
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i build a new tachoPOl with little neodymmagnet N-S-N-S-N-S
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after clean the motor i chek the Brushes they look really good so i dont change them !
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 23, 2017 10:25 am

So next step was build a new Battery i am not really a fan of acid Battery so i build a new liion Battery .
Old Battery more then 200KG the new one under 30kg :-)

I buy cells and solder it !
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close to fin
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so i want that the Battery look like a original battery from a shop .i think it will look like a profesional Battery
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i also mount a 200AMP fuse and a main switch !
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by litespeed » Nov 23, 2017 12:41 pm

Great job and well documented.

Super cool.

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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 25, 2017 10:47 am

thank you !

so now i show some pictures of modified the Seat-holder and i mount seat belts for safty !

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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 25, 2017 10:59 am

work start on driver cabin so can drive it all weather .

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now i mount the glas
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after paintjob its look much better
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 25, 2017 11:11 am

so all work is done !

so sticker are also very important feature

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picture from side
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frontside
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backside the ATV the 10km-plate is old meantime i had a street license and it drive faster
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i mount 2 lights on roof
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i change the halogen against led with less Watt but more light

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So thats the end of the story i am really happy with it and my little son love the E-GATOR( john green deere)
meantime also my wife love to drive it :mrgreen:
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by litespeed » Nov 25, 2017 1:51 pm

What an excellent build!

Great job.

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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by markz » Nov 26, 2017 11:00 pm

Looking sweeeeeet!

Whats the Ah and voltage of your new battery?
New cells or used?
Brand name of cells?
Whats your range calculations?

I dig the build!

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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 27, 2017 6:25 am

Oh yes sorry i forget the data :

the cells are old 2014-2015 but not used = (0.0 Cycle )
i buy it for around 2,50 euro- pice (260 pices)

Cell data =Panasonic NCR18650PF 3.6 V 2900 mAh (10Amp max )

i solder 13s *20 Cells so i got 46,8 Volt nominal and 58 Ah

i know that 58ah is not much but i calculate this Vehicle for a max range that i need is 10-12 km so it is fine .

the Controller does made 400A max for short time but continous it is between 100-130 Ampere .
First test drive i controll the heat of cell´s but the never get real hot ..so this DIY accu is fit perfectly .
And the fuse is a 200amp fuse so there is no Danger to the Cells .


So i made some calculatoins and the range with this accu should be around 15km .
The maximum range i drive is now is 12 kilometer and the Accudisplay is not in the red range. I can not really tell you the real range its difficult to tell .

Maybe next time i made a video> offroad it is a really pure fun you can even drift the turn of the road .

Greetings Martin
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by whereswally606 » Nov 27, 2017 11:48 am

I had never see one of these before and then yesterday my wife dragged me out to greenacres petting zoo in Wales for my 1 year olds amusement. Was a horrid day for weather. Animals were good but it was a bit run down as a place (its unfortunately a little oversold on their website). Anyway I saw an e-gator in the flesh and ironically a real gator/croc in the reptile house. Thanks for sharing I enjoyed the pictures.
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by fechter » Nov 27, 2017 2:34 pm

Great job. How many Ahr were the original lead-acid batteries? Lithium batteries don't suffer so much from Peukert effect, so even if the lithium pack is less Ahr, it might perform better.
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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by E-Chopper » Nov 28, 2017 2:59 pm

first ! Hello again thanks for your post´s and interest in my Project.


Originally there was 8 pice acid Battery inside one had...... 6Volt -225 Ah (Trojan T-105 ) a cell had 28 Kilo so 224 Kilo .
But this Battery was all dead ! i took them to Recycling !

I know that 225 Ah acid Battery would perform longer ...but on other side they much heavier and the point of matter> the price of 8 new T-105 Battery was 1496 euro (one 187euro) the Liion Battery coast was around 700 Bugs .

Liquid Acid Battery you always must watch them fill Water in it .....

Liion you only have to watch to stay over 2,8 volt per cell :D

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Re: John Deere E-Gator rebuild(Picturestory)

Post by armandd » Mar 18, 2018 12:06 pm

Nice project! I wish I had one golf cart like this to modify.

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