So I finally figured out that all I needed were plastic washers for my steering! According to the blueprint for the xyz spaceframe trike, “self lubricating” plastic washers are necessary. I have looked for that for maybe 2 years to no avail. So, plastic washers with grease it is (finally)!
When I found out about the plastic washers, I knew I had to change my steering system. I said to myself why not go with the xyz steering since I know it works. Man, that thing is hard labor! If you don’t have all the holes lined up, you are in for a lotta work! Yesterday, I spent 2.5 hours finally getting the steering squares away ( not including the other few hours- maybe totaling 8-12 hours just to get the steering ) and man was it strenuous! The square tubes for one side aren’t lined up correct, but I’m calling it done! I knew the xyz spaceframe was tons of work and that’s why I wanted to steer clear of it! But, the system does work and is sturdy.
I have to make the art piece complete… because I obsess and keep tinkering with the trike here and there, and it’ll never be done, which I think working on the trike may be a lifetime pursuit. I want to call it quits on this one, but I want to switch out the wheels to 20 inches… (Just not now).
Here’s the “complete” version via YouTube. Enjoy!
I have the trike up and “running” (albeit it doesn’t feel safe…). The back of the trike wobbles and I have a theory to fix it which I mention in the video below. I have tested my 1.5AH batteries and it works, just for a short amount of time (maybe 10-20 mins). Turning the trike feels scary as the trike has to be slowed to about 2 mph to not flip over. I think this is because of the size of the wheels. I may have someone make me another in the future that has 20″ front wheels and a 24″ back wheel. 20″ front wheels seem ideal. Once this trike is done, I want to have people compete to make my prototype better (cash prizes for top 3!), that’s why I intend on having someone make my next trike.
Here’s the video I mentioned earlier:
Here’s a sneak peek of the trike in action:
I finally got another pair of 24v drill batteries from Lowe’s . I was planning on putting the new 1.5Ah together with the 4Ah batteries. The problem is I don’t want to solder them together. I was looking into Vruzend and Battery Blocs. I’m not sure about using their products yet as I may just use the kobalt batteries and test their range (the 1.5Ah battery).
Here’s a video showing that the 2 24v 1.5Ah batteries powered the 48v 1000w hub motor. The batteries were half charged!
I bought an ebike from Amazon in order to test out my theory of single speed with 20 inch wheels. I bought a single speed 20 inch wheel e-bike. It was supposed to be foldable, but it came as a one piece bike where only the handlebar and stem could fold down . The pedals can be pressed in and folded as well . It rides great, but the handlebar, stem and fork had a problem. I had gotten into an accident and the handlebar and stem came off together as one piece. I had to replace it with a spare that I had from a Mongoose bike, and now it runs great. I have put two videos below for you to check out. Enjoy!
I bought a 26-inch wheel hub motor from online (in January). It’s 48v thousand watt motor and the controller requires 48 volts. I have 2 DeWalt 20 volt drill batteries that I tried to connect to make it 40 volts, but the light on the throttle did not light up. I plan on getting 2 batteries from Lowe’s, that are 24 volts and 4 amp hours (4ah), to see if that would work (light up throttle signal showing there’s enough voltage from batteries), since that should give 192w of power (I bought batteries and charger. I’m working on making a battery box- 3.22.18). I give credit to vuaeco (on YouTube) for drill battery idea!
I change the wire connectors on the controller to hook them up to the 20 volt drill batteries. I plan on finding out if the connectors that I used are the problem, or if I do need 48 volts for the throttle light to turn on (2 24v batteries light the throttle 3.22.18). Notice below that I made the change on the controller to different connectors (the bottom pic is what I received, and the transformation is shown counterclockwise).