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Old 06-20-2017, 04:45 PM   #21 (permalink)
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A Smart EV cradle would be stand alone and simply need the rear Insight tub modded to set the Insight glider. In place on top

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Okay then. I guess it hinges on the definition of 'glider'. This sounds like a sub-frame swap at the wrong end of the car. I was thinking along the lines of dropping a '50 Mercury lead sled body on a mid-80s GM chassis.

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Lots of the stuff people do on here doesn't make any economical sense. Prius Chevy pickup?
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Me too! The plural of anecdote is not data. Efforts here range from not worth doing because it adds wood and coroplast to a steel body, to work that would pass tech inspection at Bonneville. And from wtf were they thinking to pure genius.

I'm interested in the overlap of those sets. aerohead kinda hits all four points of the compass. Shedding parts on the Salt and all.

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I also know a local guy who is looking to get rid of some GE brand 11" DC series wound motors that are apparently very nice (better quality and durability) than a warp 11 HV at a fraction of the price. This guy is a professional motor tester (works for Helwig Carbon, a brush manufacturer) and knows his stuff.
I'm all for over-kill ... but a Warp 11 HV style motor in an INSIGHT?!?

You'd have a power-to-weight ratio that would let you burn the tires off in any of your gears ... before you broke something in the drivetrain ...

I guess you could limit the torque on the controller to something that the drivetrain can handle ...

If I remember correctly the Warp 11 HV is based on a GE design ...

Anyway ... the GE motor is likely a bit heavier than required. With a motor that over-sized you may not have the DC motor heating issues that others have in their highway capable conversions
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The reason I mention it would be cheaper than any Warp motor. And yes, it would be quite fun in an Insight.
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The reason I mention it would be cheaper than any Warp motor. And yes, it would be quite fun in and Insight.
Controller and rpms limit power anyway

Thankfully an insight is geared up high enough that you don't have to turn many rpms to go
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Mark Bishop's conversion is crazy clean, and I think he has more trunk space than a stock Insight.

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