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In Search Of Cheap Fast

Since last time’s disappointment with the performance of the “Alt-Kart” set up with Mars BLDC motor and malfunctioning (now dead) Sevcon PMAC controller it’s been on my summer list to make the kart fast- not perfect, just cheap dirty and fast. To that effect, and to celebrate the ending of summer vacation (classes start tomorrow, […]

Posted on August 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm by Henry · Permalink · One Comment
In: Electric Alt-Kart

How Much Electric Kart Can You Build in a Day?

Last week I rebuilt the kart with fresh fasteners and axle bearings, plus picked up a steering wheel and some #35 sprockets. Then, once the Mars motor looked repaired and good to go onto the kart I picked up a handful of 7/8 keyed #35 sprockets from Surplus Center. The parts were forecast to arrive […]

Posted on June 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm by Henry · Permalink · 15 Comments
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Breaking and Fixing the Mars BLDC Brushless Motor

Here’s the short version: Because we are cheap, my friend picked up a Mars “Brushless Etek” BLDC motor from Ebay user “megadan” who has been selling these motors for about half price, with the catch that they are shipped with an odd and difficult to deal with shaft adapter (I’m starting to get used to […]

Posted on June 16, 2010 at 12:45 am by Henry · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Electric Alt-Kart, Little Fixes

Full Speed Ahead

I’m really looking forward to driving this one. Of course it will be electric. Yes, a steering wheel is on the shopping list.

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm by Henry · Permalink · 3 Comments
In: Electric Alt-Kart