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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

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Step 1: Find an Old Scooter

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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.

Step 2: Strip it Bare

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The materials you will salvage from the previous scooter are: the steel frame and shocks, the back wheel and chain linkage, the motor(mine was 1000W), the motor controller, the disc brake system, & throttle control from the handlebar. You can test the batteries, but usually they're bad and should be replaced. This picture shows the remaining frame after I stripped everything off. Nothing was more difficult than unscrewing several screws, except the vertical steel piece welded to the frame.(it supported the handle bars and LED display) I took a sawzall to it and it came off very easy.

Step 3: Find a Suitable Deck Material

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I found four or five aluminum sheets at the local recycling scrap metal yard; they were almost the perfect size for the deck. The metal yard charged me around $20 for the material. Next, I took them to a local company that builds cotton gins and they were nice enough to offer me the service of their awesome laser cutter. I fastened it to the scooter frame with 3 bolts on each side and two in the front.

Step 4: Order New Batteries

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The initial batteries were shot (3 total), so I went to Ebay and found a lot of different providers. The best price I could find at the time was around $22. 
astrong02 years ago
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.

Dumpster diving is the key to success !

gluvit1 year ago
Nice job
TexomaEV2 years ago
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
TexomaEV2 years ago
Where is your source for the Front Wheels/Axle ?
muskychd (author)  TexomaEV2 years ago
Front Wheels - MBS T2 Tires - 9" - Black - $35

Front Truck - MBS ATS Truck - $29.95
ssiron2 years ago
Did you leave the drive with just a single wheel?
muskychd (author)  ssiron2 years ago
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
paumora2 years ago
Hello. Thank you very much for your instructable. Have data of autonomy?
yukimoko2 years ago
wow nice concept, I want to build this for my son :)
justgps2 years ago
I was fail at Step 1. ....>"<
annarosesc2 years ago
You need to put some gyroscopes on it so we don't fall off
jdmeaux2 years ago
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.
1) What are you using for the motor?
2) What is the transmission device? Did you use the one from the scooter?
3) Where did you get the wheels and trucks?
4) What is the length?
5) I am presuming that this is a 3 wheel skateboard. Is that correct?

Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for putting this in Instructables
notcranium2 years ago
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'.
That is one mean machine, good work!
muskychd (author) 2 years ago
I realize my "DIY Electric Skateboard" 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
You could start by embedding the YouTube video in the project.

Excellent job, by the way.