Onewheel cheap mods



  • @blkwalnutgrwr maybe look at urethane rollerblade brakepads?
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  • The skid marks -- I went back with my Plus to see. The distance of skid was about 12 feet. Looks like I wobbled, pressing harder on one trailing rail, then the other. Again, I am thrilled with how much energy skidding on black rubber bicycle tire dissipated -- after the skid the backwards fall was gentle! And again, this was freewheeling after power cut-out.
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  • @blkwalnutgrwr I can just imagine the look of confusion on some pedestrian coming up alongside.

    They look down and see a single wheeled device but behind it are 2 distinct parallel skid marks that look identical to that of a vehicle with at least 2 wheels.



  • Hi @Lia -- On another site someone commented that Sonny Wheels added a Slider with locked wheels to the back of one of his boards as his emergency freewheel brakes. The skid marks from those would likely look similar to the skid marks above.



  • The newest version of freewheel brakes: Cut-down 2x2 wood fastened inside the rails, with heavy black rubber stall mat slices attached beneath. This version has not yet been tested in real life. (The extensions make mounting the board easier, too, by softening the sharp angle of repose created by the lift.)

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  • @blkwalnutgrwr said in Onewheel cheap mods:

    This version has not yet been tested in real life.

    Just add the sink already!



  • @blkwalnutgrwr That motor matches your rig well. @stinkyface provided inspiration for the idea with his polished hub. Glad to hear you are making good use of it. That front foot pad looks familiar also. So happy to see parts live on and continue helping a wheeler ride.



  • Hi @NotSure -- It turns out all the extra weight seems not to make any difference in the way I ride, which is mostly narrow carving on paved Greenway.

    And with no onboard battery under my trailing foot to damage, I can leave the board in the car all the time, in the hot summer and freezing winter -- not carrying it in shuttle from car-to-house.

    And if ever I run out of battery on the trail, I find a hooked stick and walk, pulling the Onewheel along -- not actually carrying it and all its weight.

    So yes, I could add the weight of a kitchen sink, or its equivalent. (The funny thing is I really considered using a scrap bathroom sink for a fender -- but the dimensions were not quite right.)



  • @blkwalnutgrwr said in Onewheel cheap mods:

    The funny thing is I really considered using a scrap bathroom sink for a fender -- but the dimensions were not quite right.

    The world needs this... Add a working bellows, a wrought-iron hook for a carbide lamp, spray paint it all bronze, and win every steampunk contest ever!



  • @NotSure -- Bellows? Almost! Had you seen my idea back in this thread of adding a clip-on battery powered fan to blow away the snow that the wheel kicks up in winter so it does not create its own snow fender?



  • @blkwalnutgrwr said in Onewheel cheap mods:

    (The extensions make mounting the board easier, too, by softening the sharp angle of repose created by the lift.)

    Oh, I love the words you chose. 'Repose' ... 'angle of repose' ... almost poetic. (Do these draw from Mechanical Engineering language?? Kinda makes sense that they should. Word pictures!!)



  • @blkwalnutgrwr said in Onewheel cheap mods:

    Cut-down 2x2 wood fastened inside the rails

    I think these need to be painted to look like flames ... or rocket exhaust?

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  • Yesterday I put the Kiil suspension on my board -- which means my wooden fender/battery platform no longer fits. So, I needed a different platform for the EGO battery, as the sole power I use. The simplest, cheapest solution was a reprise of the Johnny Appleseed stock pot fender. It covers the wheel, shocks and all, giving me a sturdy platform for the battery. And it performed well on the trail, not interfering with the vertical movement of the wheel, springs and shocks. It will, however, not be ideal in wet conditions -- I guess I cross that bridge when the rains come.



  • @blkwalnutgrwr
    I assume you're running a Plus and an external Ego battery. What I did was to use a printed XR battery box with the Plus lid and broke apart a 5 amp Ego battery and reconfigured the layout, added a14s bms, rewired the charging circuit to use the original charge port. The Ego pack was a pain to break apart, but the cell groups had tabs that I soldered together. I'm waiting for my Kiilguard 6.5 to arrive, getting excited! IMG_4402.JPG IMG_4401.JPG IMG_4400.JPG



  • @lemur -- Cheap and low tech are most of my modifications. I admire your (and Lia's) facility with the electronics and precision equipment. Besides running my Plus with an EGO 7.5 or 10.0ah, I also use the batteries in mowers, chainsaws, a string trimmer, and a power station. A heavy EGO battery atop a platform higher than the Kiil 6.5 is less than ideal for balance; I am trying to think of ways to bring it down some.



  • @blkwalnutgrwr said in Onewheel cheap mods:

    Yesterday I put the Kiil suspension on my board

    hopefully looking forward to seeing it!



  • @blkwalnutgrwr said in Onewheel cheap mods:

    I am trying to think of ways to bring it down some.

    mini trailer hitch and carriage please!



  • Weight of the 10ah EGO bear-hugged to the side of the Johnny Appleseed stock pot with a ratchet strap just above the arch of my foot. I used a spacer block under the battery resting on the stock pot handle to get the right height -- kind of similar to the position of a Flight Fin. The balance is much improved over the weight on top of the bottom of the stock pot.
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    Looking up under the stock pot fender at the Kiil suspension.
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    I cut an arc out of the back, blue-barrel footpad to accommodate the round stock pot edge. The sticky stuff is the adhesive from some former grip tape, and the grit was thrown up through the little bit of a gap there.
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    With the Johnny Appleseed fender off.
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    Not as soft and smooth a ride as I imagined it could be -- perhaps I need to learn about adjusting the shocks and spring travel. Or perhaps I ordered the stiffer set, as I was at the cusp of the weight ranges. In fifty miles or so so far, I have been able to take pavement root ridges at higher speeds without bouncing my feet out of position. Time will tell if my hip joints thank me for less jarring rides (my ankles and knees don't complain). Note: The board is nose heavy due to the absence of battery under the trailing foot.



  • @blkwalnutgrwr I love the evolution of this board.
    Any plans for the future or are the modifications an act of necessity with any given situation?


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