This is a VERY basic approach to making a cheep skateboard without having to know ALL of the mechanics involved.  I.e. mounting the motor, the chain linkage, frame, brakes, etc; all of that is pre-made into the scooter you will use.  The only additional parts I bought were: 2-9" MBS front wheels, MBS front truck, aluminum for the deck, new batteries, some cheep acrylic for the battery box, scratch tape, and misc nuts and bolts from Home Depot.

Here's a video of my buddy riding the finished skateboard down the street.  

Top speed is approx: 15-21mph

Step 1: Find an Old Scooter

This is not a picture of the actual scooter I used, but it's close.  I found mine on craigslist for about $50 and amazingly the only problem was the batteries were shot.
<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOe73EULYqE" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOe73EULYqE</a></p><p>way easier electric skateboard</p>
I could go around 15-18mph for about 45min holding it full throttle the time. The most travel distance I ever measured was 5 miles around campus
<p>How far were you able to get on one charge?</p>
I am doing this. no doubt. except i have looked around and the closest advertised electric scooter that isn't store bought is 75 miles away... so i was walking home one day and i found a chainsaw that someone had obviously dumped with other trash (for shame.). needless to say that will be my motor when i get it working!!! i shall post pics.
<p>Dumpster diving is the key to success !</p>
Nice job
Awesome, Thank You for getting back to me with that info! Here you can see we are really into EV's, and this skateboard project will be one of the coolest! www.flickr.com/mbarkley/sets
Where is your source for the Front Wheels/Axle ?
Front Wheels - MBS T2 Tires - 9&quot; - Black - $35 <br>http://shop.mbs.com/mountainboard-parts/mountainboard-wheels/mountainboard-tires/mbs-t2-tires.html <br> <br>Front Truck - MBS ATS Truck - $29.95 <br>http://shop.mbs.com/mountainboard-parts/mountainboard-trucks-suspension/mbs-ats-truck.html
Did you leave the drive with just a single wheel?
I did, which was one of the primary reasons for doing this project. I didn't have to build a support frame for the motor, setup the drive chain, and it came with all the accessories to operate it. haha
Hello. Thank you very much for your instructable. Have data of autonomy?
wow nice concept, I want to build this for my son :)
I was fail at Step 1. ....&gt;&quot;&lt;
You need to put some gyroscopes on it so we don't fall off
Great idea to recycle an old scooter. But now you can't sit down.
I like your end design, but the instructable leave so much detail out that I need to ask a lot of questions. Feel free to PM me. I'm going to build this, but need help. <br>1) What are you using for the motor? <br>2) What is the transmission device? Did you use the one from the scooter? <br>3) Where did you get the wheels and trucks? <br>4) What is the length? <br>5) I am presuming that this is a 3 wheel skateboard. Is that correct? <br> <br>Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for putting this in Instructables
No actually it's an 18 wheeler skateboard. <br> <br>He just &quot;Gimped&quot; the image to remove the other 15 wheels / 7.5 trucks, and 9 feet of deck, to make the image confusing.
I really like the concept and the short video results....but you are right, there is a LOT left out which does not make this an Instructable. It is more just a 'look at what I did'. <br>
That is one mean machine, good work!
I realize my &quot;DIY Electric Skateboard&quot; intructable is very bleak and leaves out A LOT of info, so if you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at: muskychd@gmail.com
Yeah sometimes some things NEED detailed instructions, and sometimes it's pretty obvious what has been done and most of the complainers are just plain lazy. <br> <br>There really are heaps of people who can't boil water on a stove... and they still live at home and mum does all their cooking for them... and they are like 30+ years old. <br> <br>The humble toilet with the single button on top - and they go, &quot;Oh I don't know what to do?? Ohhhhh Ohhhhhhh Mummmeeeeeeeeee help me!&quot; <br> <br>Look at picture... Mmmm pull / cut the chassis out of the scooter, containing the drive, battery, controls etc., mount a board on that, look up some off road skate board trucks online - beg, buy or scrounge, assemble the lot and make a hand control from the twist throttle using the hand brake lever etc... <br> <br>Some welding / some screws / bolts / wiring - and away we go. <br> <br>Simple huh. <br> <br>Nooooooooooo - not for some people. <br> <br> &quot;Mummy........ I can't flush the toilet - I don't know howwwwww!&quot; <br> <br>
You could start by embedding the YouTube video in the project. <br> <br>Excellent job, by the way.

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