Sorry to those wanting to see some flash carbon fiber (CF) i had all intentions
to do the side panels in CF, until i started playing with carboard templates
and grew to like the simplistic look that still allowed a peak
below to see the CF panel and mounting hardware, gear lever mechanism and ThudSTeR
2 Speed... So, after 4 different templates were cut over the last week and a half, i decided
on this design-->
This is 2mm alumnium sheet, i covered the outer facing side with masking tape
to protect it from scratching, and to make marking out the template's shape easier..
As i said to RodGaH, i had these :: cough:: "Lazer cut" i.e 6in angle grinder and a cut off disk
I had actually lined up with a mate to use his works bender to do the bending, but seeing it
was only 2mm, i ran the angle grinder along the reverse side of the 'bend line'
prior to clamping the ali between two pieces of wood in the vice and heaving on it...resulted
in a very neat crisp bend...then, the best moment of it all, removing the masking tape!
And no, the ali will not be remaing in its natural state one of three things will happen
it will either be painted the colour of the frame, the side panels used down the track
as a mold and/or plugs to make the exact thing from CF, OR they will be anodised along
with the remaining ali pieces...not sure yet OH, intrim i may fake it up with
some of the vinyl CY contact same as we have seen Matt.P use on the last 3 bikes
he put together, very resilient and looks the part..and at the very least will give me a
better indication if i would like them in 'real' CF... :: shrugs::
I bolted both of the panels together after cutting them and prior to bending, to 'match them' up
at least where they were both the same, the motor/drive ends of the panels differ slightly
i decided in case of a chain snapping (has happened to me before on motorcycles) i
would have a little 'insurance' against the flailing chain taking out the electronics-->
^^ would like to 'angle in' the lower section of this panel same as the other side but there is a
plastic project box directly behind it containg alot of wiring/connections so straight
it must be, the chain clearance is ~5mm..the other side however turned out nicely in respect to
directing air over the Castle Creation HV160-->
theres ~5mm clearance from side panel and the HV160 ESC, should get some nice
air flow directed right over the heatsink!...the Turnigy motor is thus left out in the breeze
also, to suck in the cooling breezezzz
I was concerned about the bus bars/connections being easily poked and proded the
angling in of the top of the panel nicely covers the connectors, will disperse light rain if ever caught out
BUT still leaves the aluminum angle with its lightening holes, visible...-->
looks neat i think and yes haha Hal, if your reading this, there will be some lightening holes added
to these panels, a row at least matching the ones on the angle will be done along the very top
of the panel...As can be seen the front of the panel is bent inwards
hopefully help a lil in the aero department?
With alot of the stainless steel fixtures still visible, i am keen to place an order at ProBolt
for some blue anodized alumnium cap screws and nuts to replace the stainless steel bolts/nuts
used now, not so much a weigh tthing as a 'wank factor' thing though i admit...
Shall keep those still reading the worklog updated for now i'm off for a ride
p.s 1.15PM today! i take ownership of my new WHEELCHAIR!!! 5k worth of the latest Quickie
chair from America! C9omplete with Synergy wheels (they cost ME $AU850 though ::sigh::)
I have the Aussie Tax payers to thank for the chair though hehe hrmz...5k for a freakin
wheelchair frame has less then 200 bucks of aluminum in it...
Danny Mayes wrote:Looks very tidy mate. Nice clean work as per the usual high standard
Resourseful and clever use of the angle grinder and wood bending those plates, came up very sharp.
Cheers my D-MaN from NorthBridGE you will getz to see it in person Saturday maybe
new gearing on her and your light frame i think you will have a nice EV-Grin when you
return from a blat hehe...incentive to get up here if we have the time can swap in the ThudSTeR
wound Turnigy see how much quicker and harder that is on the HV160
IIRC its got ~150Kv ...20kv higher than stock Turnigy...
flyinmonkie wrote:Maybe with how solid it has been, people will start to believe that RC setups are just as reliable as frocks if you aren't pushing there limits. Which many of us already know.
Cheers my American/KiwI Monkey MaN Yeah RC setups can be hella reliable
if you just want a commuter with a bit of oomph now and again, its when you push their
max limits constantly, their reliability becomes an issue...tame them down
to ~6kw peaks and they do well...thus far and they iz still alot of fun...
Richard asked me to accelerate to 50km/hr on the ride we went on last Friday
he was quite impressed by the acceleration, and i didnt have to change gear LoL...
So while more reliable it still has some get up and go!
Fizban wrote:The bike looks great, and sounds like the performance is giving you a great deal of pleasure. I do have a question though, do you think the infineon controllers would hang together now if you used the cycle analyst to control the current the same way as you have done with the CC HV160 ? Keep up the good work I always look forward to updates to your thread .
Cheers matey and Yes & No ... not on a 50v setup the Infineon is poo IMO
i would/have blown a 12 fet not far out the driveway...Up it to 60v setup
and it has been shown by a couple that have raced these setups that they are close
to HV160 performance and alot more reliable
long as you dont cane the utter shit out of them constantly... Paul D got
first place in the Death Race using Turnigy motor and infineon controller running high voltage...
Cheers for the positive feedback fellas always appreciated, motivates one
to keep on going when boredom sets in LOL
p.s have my new wheelchair it is THE SHiT!!! sooooo light
and i want these wheels/rims/hubs on an ebike...D-MaN i think we
found the right hubs for the Cross 4 build
I'll start saving, since we will need 4 of the f*ckers LoL
I think GeeoOOF will have trouble matching the colour
of this chair for the frame though has that colour changing chameleon
thing goin' on hehe