Snappy and simple guide to DIY
Updated: Oct 14, 2019
A snappy and simple guide to making a high-quality electric board
For this quick guide, I will go over the parts and explain the process of building an electric skateboard, split into 4 easy steps.
You will need:
1. Deck and enclosure
3. Motor and drive train
4. VESC and remote (control system)
I chose these parts myself to make what I think is a great build because everything works nicely together and the balance between speed, range, weight, and comfort is just right. However, I know some of you will want different things, and we at esk8supply encourage that - that's the fun in DIY! (more builds will come out in the future)
On to the build
1. Deck and enclosure
For beginners, I highly recommend longboard decks for high-speed stability due to the long wheelbase. However, I have a few skater friends who would use a shorter wheelbase for their commutes ( I will cover that as well in a future post).
For this tutorial, I will use our carbon fiber all in one deck. You don’t need to buy the enclosure and deck separately and worry that they might not compatible. Also, the carbon fiber deck has a large internal compartment that fits the parts perfectly, and it can be sealed to resist the rain.
The battery is the power source of an ESK8. For this build, I will be using the 24 Panasonic 21700 cells, which has a discharge rate of 40A and a capacity of 9.6ah (simply put: very good cells!), into a 12s2p 9.6ah battery pack.
3. Drive train
The motors and the drive train play a big part in how the board performs. In this build, I will be using direct drive. Why? Because it requires less maintenance, like hub motors, and provides full shock absorption from the wheels like belt drives. Also, they just look so slick!
For those who do not like wide double kingpin trucks, we recommend our all-terrain hubs, they are more affordable and offer a similar performance to direct drive.
(I added some grip tape to protect the motor from chips, as well as for aesthetic reasons)
4. Control system
Finally, for the VESC and the remote, I will be using the VESC based controller with the integrated remote kit - it is a dual controller based on VESC 6.1 and a compatible remote (with battery indicator, 3 modes and reverse).
On to the assembly...
This build is relatively easy to assemble
1. unscrew the heatsink off the controller (to save space for this enclosure)
2. connect the batteries XT60 port with the controller.
3. connect the cables on the VESC and the motor on both sides.
4. fit everything inside the deck
5. program VESC (see below), test to see if everything works
6. screw everything together
7. go for a test run (FULL PROTECTION, LOW SPEED)
8. If everything works, then congrats! Apply griptape, charge everything up and you are good to go!
How to configure VESC: How to VESC for noobs (click for the powerpoint tutorial) (feel free to skip if you are confident)
This is the part that scares some people, it is a good thing that the VESC tool in 2019 is easy af with a click of a few buttons. (15 min max if you follow this guide)
Congrats! You got yourself a board that is refined, with enough torque and a top speed (28mph+) that will satisfy your needs. Most importantly, you can feel free to switch out whatever parts you want!
Here is some pictures of my board.
(pre gripped )
Carbon fiber deck (highly recommended)
Vesc remote bundle (highly recommended for beginner intermediate users)
All in one bundle ( we even included an option to build the board for those who just want to ride straight away)