Dave's EV GrinNew Brushes Needed!My Declaration of Independence
OwnerDave Arnold
Owner's Other EVs1982 Volkswagen Rabbit
1995 Tropica Roadster
LocationFort Pierce, Florida United States map
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Vehicle1979 Honda CBX
Finally!.. Brushes at 3550 miles! Thunderstruck wins cheapest set at 62 bucks... sweet!**'79 CBX with modified frame for '81 bodywork**
MotorBriggs and Stratton E-Tek Permanent Magnet DC
1st generation w/epoxy and solder. Cooling fan added. Purchased from electricmotorsport.com
DrivetrainDirect drive, #35 chain, 14Tx7/8 on the motor and modified 70T go-kart sprocket for the rear
ControllerAlltrax 4834
300 amp model, ordered with 0-5k for the magra twist throttle. Software tweaked down to @ 250 amps. Purchased from evdrives.com
Batteries4 East Penn Deka 8A27M, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
92ah. Purchased from St. Lucie Battery and Tire. Seems almost impossible to keep these balanced without my individual chargers.
System Voltage48 Volts
Charger Yang Ming
1 on board, 9A 48V output. Purchased from evparts.com. Retractable 120vac 10' cord reel. I miss my old set of sondar's. Still looking for a replacement 6A unit... Ideas?
DC/DC Converter So cheap, never asked Roderick who made it!
20-60V input 10A 12V output. No battery back-up on board. Purchased from evparts.com
InstrumentationCurtis "fuel" gauge . Stock analog volt gauge and speedometer.
Top Speed50 MPH (80 KPH)
AccelerationOk off the start, good through the mid range, with performance like a scooter.
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
Approximately 15-20 miles, 30-35 miles at 25 mph. It seems to get the best speed for discharge at around 40 mph.(dependent on head or tailwinds on country roads.)
Watt Hours/MileReworking these numbers as my new charger is'nt quite as efficient.
EV Miles
Start:26,042 Miles (41,901 Kilometers)
Current:29,594 Miles (47,616 Kilometers)
Total:3,552 Miles (5,715 Kilometers)
Seating CapacityMe, and IF there's a passenger, hope it has a tramp stamp.
Curb Weight580 Pounds (263 Kilograms)
It lost weight with conversion. Was 625 lbs stock(dry).
TiresCheng Shen, "HI-MAX", inflated to 45 psi.
Conversion TimeAbout 230 hours including reconditioning the bike. Actual conversion(mounts, wiring , and misc..), much less. Thinking about it, much longer.
Conversion Cost$2,642 including the chassis. Minus @ $1,200 via ebay part sales.
Additional Features"Sticking it to the Oil Man for over 3500 miles now!".

Still ride every chance I get. Sometimes a guy will walk up and say, "Electric... wow... hmmmm... thats cool".

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