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Ripstick Under-body Kit

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Like to ride at night?  Here is how to make an under body kit for a Ripstick skateboard.  An under-body kit is a set of lights or light (typically LEDs or neon bulbs) mounted under a car or truck.  Under body kits can flash, fade, and flash in sync to music using a microphone.  We will be making the simplest kind, which is just when the the lights are a steady on.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

For this project you'll need a few basic parts and tools including:

-Drill
-Phillips screwdriver/drill bit
-7/32 inch Alan wrench
-Knife from a multitool
-Flathead screwdriver
-3/16 inch drill bit
-Electrical tape
-Dremil
-Cut off/grinder attachment for dremil
-Drum sander attachment for dremil
-Safety glasses; when using the dremil
-1 10-100 ohm resistor
-3 AA enclosed battery holder (recommended)
-10 5mm clear LEDs (any color)
-File
-Slide switch
-Wire Strippers
-Soldering iron
-Rosin core solder
-Hot glue gun
-Wire, 20-24 gauge
-And, a ripstick of course!
 

Step 2: Disasemble the Ripstick

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Starting from the rear, use the drill with the Drill and a Phillips drill bit to take out the screws.  The plastic cover should pop off with the help of a flat head screwdriver.  Using a 7/32 Alan wrench take out the bolt in the rear.  The bar in the middle should slide out now.  Repeat this process in the front of the board.

Step 3: Prepare the inside for wiring

 When you've opened it up take out the dremil with a cutoff wheel attachment.  Cut notches on the sides of  the same cells in the picture.  *Use safety glasses*.  Make these notches at least 2 layers wide.  Use a knife to scrape of the burrs.  On the rear half there is one big open section in which the bolt for the wheel is mounted.  This is where all of the wires will meet and be connected.  With the drum sander attachment sand off some of the excess plastic to make more space.  It is not necessary to sand it off on the front.
Mooch073 years ago
Wow, good idea!
I'll have to try this on my brother's board.
haha lol break his instead... i like your style i have a little bro two
Pretty cool...but using more lights gives a much better glow effect.
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Thanks for the credit....
I'm somewhat annoyed that his got featured when I had the idea first and had  a much cleaner finished product. the only difference i see in this instructable and mine is.

The battery pack is on the outside , bad thing.
The wiring is ineficent and likely to burn out the leds ,bad thing.
It has pictures of the tools he used , good thing.
It has fewer lights and he didn't frost the LEDs to get a nicer appearance.

Sorry to be such a jerk about it, but really? He gets featured for making a worse instructable than I did and he's he's second to do it?
You really don't want to frost a led (or buy a frosted one).
They look ugly and are mostly only used in Christmas tree.
What would be nice, is diffused led. But then, you would need either more led, or really strong led.

Beg to differ lol, in some cases yes they look ugly, but i think it looks worse when there are 17 spotlights under your deck, instead of a nice glow.

compare my image and the intro picture.
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metsfan1938 (author)  the_burrito_master3 years ago
I wouldn't call them spotlights, the camera takes in a lot of light in a dark inviorment and my picture was from the bottom of the board and yours was from the top.
metsfan1938 (author)  the_burrito_master3 years ago
I had no idea of the existance of your instructable, i just like to put lights on things, and what do you mean that i didnt frost the LEDs?
You can ether buy, frosted LEDs or frost water clear LEDs by sanding the surface of the led.

I Understand you didn't see mine, but I don't like the way Ive got, 38 instuctables without a single feature. then when you basically recreate my instructable it gets featured...
vader4063 years ago
Now...how could we implement this on a ripstik air? ;)
Opspin3 years ago
Cool, FYI it's called a waveboard at least in Denmark (and probably in scandinavia, maybe even in Europe) that would probably help keep the price up :(
mg0930mg Opspin3 years ago
The brand is ripstick here in the US.
well no there also is a street surfer brand that's called a wave board, maybe that's what he's reffering to.
I was just pointing out that it was a brand. It's like calling a rotary tool a dremel or a cotton swab a q-tip. I thought they were called waveboards, but the brand is ripstick.
They are called Castor boards here in California.
wave board caster board ripstik its all the same thing :P i got one of each sadly :/ and they all look the same :L
wave boards have a smaller piece in the middle than the ripstick. My theory on that is one is for sharper turns than the other.
I think the wave board is meant for beginners, all the little kids in my neighborhood have the wave, and all the older ones have a ripstick.
That makes sense.
TOCO Opspin3 years ago
In the U.S. There is the ripstick and then there are cheaper knock off brands like waveboard.
steveo625c63 years ago
I would love to do this...If I had one...and if I knew how to ride one :-/ haha

Nice Instructable!
noname4203 years ago
Just an FYi its rip-stick not rib-stick

http://img.alibaba.com/photo/200298352/RIPSTIK_CASTER_BOARD_RED.jpg
metsfan1938 (author)  noname4203 years ago
Thanks for the heads up.
Not a problem, and a FYI AWESOME INSTRUCTABLE im going to have to do something like this to my board :)