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Trikke T-12 Electric Conversion. ( 55lb / 25kg )

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Gudday!!
I am an Avid Trikke rider from Melbourne, Australia.  I found out about Trikkes from Youtube a year ago, since then i have lost 30kg and can't get enough time on my T-12 Trikke, I live in a reasonably flat area, but  it has some short steep hills here and there, also some days there are 30kmh winds, Hills and Strong winds are a Trikkers curse.
To Get a Electric Trikke from USA, after postage, would be nearly $3000 for me, so i looked around for a Kit for a long time, and finally found one that needs next to no machining or welding, and is except for 4 hacksaw cuts a perfect fit. the kit i found is here.

So Here is how looks after it went together........ (6 hours with meal break and coffee breaks, say 4.5 hours all up)

Here is the kicker,  Its all finished but at 9pm here in Melbourne, its too damn dark to film or test it out in the street. so as of this moment, its UN-Ridden !!!!!!!

Tools Needed:
Hacksaw or Cut off wheel on a 4" grinder
hammer
Allen Wrench : 2.5, 3.0, 6.0
Adjustable Wrench
Phillips Screwdriver
Two Long 1" bars/pipes that will fit inside the ends of the Fork Tubes when the end caps are removed.

Handy Hints: 
If you have an air compressor, To remove original handgrips, use the Air Duster to inject air between the handlebar and grip, the air releases the grip from the handlebar and just slides off with hardly any effort.

Speed:                  21.5kmh    ( Drops to 20kmh after battery drops 20%)
Battery Range:    34km            (20km and still reading Green Light at this point in time, Orange, then Red as it drops)
Charge Time:      3.5 hours


 
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its really cool to build and real fun i'm working on mine too... will upload as soon as i finish it... thank you for sharing...

Did you get yours completed?

rustygray7 months ago

This totally rocks! I am a fan of Alibaba.com and found the following http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/CE-approved-...

that might also work or it could be a different source for the same part.

I also found a 10 inch verson http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/10-inch-trik...

for people with T8 Air trikes

Great work.

a4x4kiwi1 year ago
Thanks for the instructable. I am restoring some Sinclair C5s. Can you let me know if the wheel freewheels please?

C5 resto.http://malfunction.faed.name/search/label/C5

Cheers,
Mal.
trubbleguy (author)  a4x4kiwi1 year ago
If you want to keep the tyres inflated with minimal maintainance, use tyre goop, i use it in all my trikke tyres and it also fixes micro punctures instantly. there is no more porous deflation as the goop totally seals the inside of the tubes, over a year ago i had a little left in a bottle so i put it in my wheelbarrow tube, i used it yesterday and the tyre was still rock hard . every other time the wheelbarrow tyre was needing inflation.
trubbleguy (author) 1 year ago
Its rock solid, no problems but a loose plug one day due to rough riding...
i still havent noticed any battery drop yet as its all good still.
the pon-e is a little more maneuverable only due to its size i would guess but havent even seen one in Au. the battery would probably cost $300-400 to replace from china but i would disassemble it and rebuild it with good quality cells from ebay, overall the costs versus the cost of a pon-e made it all worthwhile for me here in Au and the wheel size being 12" versus the pie's 14" makes it a normal ride. I would do it again without any problems at all... it is just a nice rock solid kit., but what i would do is get the new 10ah "Bullet" battery at the same cost as it is nicer than the square one i have. the bullet battery would look part of the Trikke., To finish off i used a bricklayers PVC dampcourse and a $2 press stud kit and folded and clipped a really neat fairing over the electronics and battery. the conversion was extremely easy and solid, i am very happy.
Trikke T121 year ago
Darrel, thank you for tutorial, few questions:
How is it going, still going strong?
Have you had a chance to compare battery life,speed and maneuverability to E-Pon version?
Battery life OK and what do you think it will cost you to replace it once it dies?
Overall, would you recommend converting T12? using this Kit or other kits such as MagicPie etc

Many thanks and really appreciate the input

Alex
Daddarrel1 year ago
I am interested in the Trikke T-12 Electric Conversion.I cannot find any price or how to order it on your website. Please help. Thank you Darrel
trubbleguy (author)  Daddarrel1 year ago
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/36v-500w-electric-bike-conversion-kit-with-12-front-wheel-36v-10ah-lithium-battery/458818577.html

here is where i got it from
trubbleguy (author) 1 year ago
It wont freewheel when there is power on, but i can still curve it when i switch off the power. so it will run downhill faster off than on, if thats any help to you.
all wheel drive?
trubbleguy (author)  mikemmcmeans2 years ago
front only, lays rubber when hammered....
Cdn Sapper2 years ago
Nice instructables and my sincere congratulations on losing 30 lbs!
trubbleguy (author)  Cdn Sapper2 years ago
Exercise is a four letter word, Trikking is a total blast and double the fun of anything i have ever done before, find a trikke locally and have a ride, the pounds just fly off, you dont get sore, and its ZERO impact, i was back on my Trikke 4 days after a double knee operation as it builds up the muscles that hold the knee. Just try it, look up "trikke Jimmy Carter" , hes 78 and he and his wife ride daily.