Onewheel cheap mods
Lia last edited by
@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?
Hi @Lia -- The continuing change and evolution in the character of my own Onewheels is something that I, myself, enjoy too.
In its current state I am finding myself with the urge to ride even more. After getting back from a fifteen mile ride I get the urge to go out again. Surprised and amazed at how much I like the balance of the heavy EGO 10ah battery just above my leading foot, I find my cruising speed has increased some. And while the ride is still not slushy-smooth, it must have hit an enjoyable sweet spot.
Maybe in time I will look for a stock pot (or other cooking/baking pan) that is not quite so deep. As it is I have an unnecessary two whole inches of head room above the Kiil suspension. Other than that, I also plan practicing dismounts made more complicated with my leading foot tucked under the battery. A great method to get lots of practice is to pick up roadside trash -- stop and go, stop and go -- again and again. Too, I might add a second safety ratchet strap holding the pot down -- once in a great while a ratchet strap has loosened during a ride, although never really causing trouble.
And by the way, your reconstructed Pint is handsomely impressive! You did a great and satisfyingly thorough job with it!
Another small and cheap modification to the Johnny Appleseed stock pot fender/battery holder that I added yesterday is a set of 3/4 inch black rubber shims to the rails under the back rim. Thus tipping the "hat" allows my trailing foot closer to the wheel with more room and comfort for the angle of my lower leg while riding.
Now then, besides filling the gap in back, I will need to increase the height of the front spacer block under the battery so it doesn't pinch my arch and toes.
Another note: The only reason the roundness of the cooking pot works at all is that I have extended rails and a narrow, smallish Hoosier 5.5 treaded tire.
Swinefeaster last edited by
@lemur i have a lot of ego stuff. curious what the range is compared to a stock xr battery?
@Swinefeaster The stock Plus is 130 wh and the Xr is 340wh. Adding a 5a Ego will give 252wh+130wh = 382 wh. Slightly more than XR range.
@Swinefeaster and @lemur -- With solely and only a 10ah EGO (560 watt hours) powering my Plus I can get 24-27 miles of flat pavement range. A 7.5ah EGO battery gets me 18-19 miles.
Edit - 10/31/21 - Riding MUCH harder and faster (averaging 20mph) with suspension and colder weather, my range is reduced to almost half of that mentioned in this post.
@blkwalnutgrwr That 10a Ego is impressive, about the same as a Jw or Chi extended battery for a XR (567wh).
@lemur -- I feel pretty much unlimited powerwise with a total of five of the 10ah and two 7.5ah for use with my Onewheels... (and mowers, power station, chainsaws, etc...) And I can parallel, and/or I can swap batteries -- great for distance!
I have been meaning to post my cheap mod for a while. I have broken a Landsurf luggage-style handle (forget what it was called) and a Silverhandle by cutting too close to rocks, so I designed my own, very cheap handle. I actually still get these caught against stuff and eventually they rip too. But, now it only costs me 10¢ of velcro a couple times/year to replace.
The mod is simple, put two adhesive loop squares on your rail to keep the velcro strip from moving around, then cut a 2" wide (or wider if you prefer) trip of velcro and wrap it around the rail. Now, you can pick the board up from the rail even without gloves and it is nice and comfortable.
If you have to carry your board a really long distance, this is a comfortable place to hold the board to swing up and rest on your shoulder. Let your body take the weight, and your arm is just for balance. I have carried for over a mile this way before when I have run out of battery.
I usually ride without a fender but I took a page from @blkwalnutgrwr’s book and used an old bungee cord to secure my fender during today’s rain.
blkwalnutgrwr last edited by
@HanahsDax -- The knot is a nice touch!
Long post. Strange idea. Before riding with Kiil Suspension, I rode with the Ignite Lift Kit on my Plus of many miles. Riding smooth AND high is the gist of the idea that follows. First, I have seen posts somewhere of riders who habitually ride with the sensor in the back; I propose to do so -- testing the ride before I go further with my cheap, somewhat destructive, modification. If all is good, then I plan to cut down and shorten by a few inches the rail tails (now in front) and mount a high footpad there. Keep in mind I have no battery box. In back I plan to mount the controller in an equally high frame, atop the rails, and extend the rails back for my freewheel brakes as described in another post above. The result should accommodate the Kiil Suspension while putting me up as high as I care to build. Benefits to me are more clearance in front for tight turns, plus the smooth feeling of suspension -- AND the head in the clouds feeling of a lifted ride. Oh, my! Wish me luck!
Edit: Right at the start I ran into my first problem: The wooden rail extensions I use for the framework of the freewheel brake... are also what I screw the back footpad into. I had wanted to take the rail extensions off in order to practice riding with the sensor pad in back. Now, my options are cut the rail extensions short, or redo the back footpad... which I would be doing anyway. The issue is just that I wanted to ride sensor behind the wheel to confirm that my body is okay with that before diving in deeper. Another bit is that I am riding with the Kiil suspension system... so my whole framework needs to be adequate for the stresses of that. Hmmm...