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Old 03-16-2009, 12:08 AM   #71 (permalink)
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The brackets for the motor are basically in place. They seem to be pretty strong as they are but I might need a bit more bracing. I will find out soon enough I guess. I will drill a hole to mount the motor plate on one side and a slot in the plate on the other to allow a bit of adjustment.

Next up is to take the axle apart and cut a keyway slot into it. Then reassemble the cv joints and put it all back together. I also need to make a limiting strap for the suspension since it has about 6 inches of downward movement and the chain would have to be pretty loose to deal with it. If I limit it to 2 inches down then I will have no problems with a chain hopefully.

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Old 03-16-2009, 08:55 AM   #72 (permalink)
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I can echo what Ben says: the controller doesn't get too hot. (One of the "advantages" of a low power, relatively short range EV is you don't make enough power for long enough!)

But hot enough that I added a heat sink to it. As for location, the Curtis is fully potted, so mounting it somewhere that it can get splashed shouldn't be a problem (assuming you insulate the connections after you hook it up).

Too bad about the plasma cutter.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:14 PM   #73 (permalink)
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The chain is test fit and it looks like everything is working out good with the 36/9 sprockets. I will take it apart and finish weld and add a bracket or two in there tomorrow. After that I should be able to reinstall the chain and the mechanical parts are basically done. Unless there is something I cant think of needing put back together
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You going to bring this to Geopalooza, Rick? I'm not sure if I'm going yet, but I'd realy like to see it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:45 PM   #75 (permalink)
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Yep it will be there.

You know you don't want to miss the big party. I will even let you drive it around
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If I do make it, I'm debating whether to drag the ForkenSwift or come in the Flea...
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:50 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Get a trailer and tow the Forkenswift with the Flea!

I will be hauling my Metro with my van. It would probably drive there fine but it is not really a smooth ride so I would never be able to walk again after 6 hours in it.
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I will dominate you all with my 144 volts of fury!!!

I can plug in, right?


I am planning on making it. I would be pretty cool to compare gas, electric, and Hybrid Metros!
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Electro Metro already dominates ForkenSwift, Ben. :P

Rick: nominated the project for Mod of the Month ... http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...ions-7413.html
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Old 03-16-2009, 11:33 PM   #80 (permalink)
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If I don't have to do non Metro work tomorrow hopefully it will at least spin the wheels under electric power. I found an even better thing to use for a throttle, an analog stick out of an old game controller. I took the spring out of it so it doesn't stay centered. I will put another spring on it to hold it forward at 0. Pulling it back will be full throttle. I just have to make a longer rod to replace the small thumb stick on it.

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