Transition Electric Scooter.




This is a more fun version of a zap electric scooter.
Kind of what Segways would be if they were more dangerous: ie fun.

Step 1: Tear Your Electric Zap Scooter to Pieces.

these things run about $500. i got given one for my birthday and wanted to try something wild. a cheaper way is to buy the 250W motor and battery direct. it'd probably run you $150 and can lead to all types of fun projects.

Step 2: Base for Skateboard Trucks.

we wanted a curved base for 3 sets of skateboards trucks. Not having the right piece of aluminum we decided to use timber as its cheap and quick to make stuff with and will give us enough of an idea as to whether this thing is worth continuing with.

Step 3: Hose Clamps

are your best friends. they are great for all sorts of things, including clamping hoses. here they are used to fasten the plank of wood to the axles. a block of wood is placed in the centre to give appropriate "rocker"

Step 4: Select and Prepare Skateboard Trucks

cheap ones from dollar stores are fine for this type of prototyping.
nice ones can be found at:

Step 5: 3 Pairs Trucks

and six skooter wheels.
these are 100mm diameter skooter or rollerblade wheels. bigger diameter means better on bumps and rough streets. thinner means less rolling resistance and faster.

Step 6: Make Stand Offs.

stand offs are required because the big diameter scooter wheels mean the wheels hit the wooden arch through corners.

Step 7: Rocker and Roller.

the right combination of rocker and roller on the rear arch is required. of course this is a prototype and we are guessing, but here it is anyway. wooden wedges everywhere to make it happen.

Step 8: Apply the Skateboard Trucks.

self evident what's going on here...
i used 10-24 bolts and nuts, the metric skating ones are too obscure and expensive when you are in america...
Yay the metric system!

Step 9: Charge It Up.

it conveniently came with a charger...

Step 10: Take It Out and Test It.

you will see our able programmer tumbling and engineers guffawing in this video.

Step 11: The Aftermath

well, it was way fun.

the trucks on the outside should have been angled inward.

apart from that it had all the sliding smooth, vaguely dangerous feeling we had hoped for.

the wood however will ultimately need to be replace by a welded bar or something similar. you can see here how it suffered (though we did absolutely thrash it for a good few hours before this happened).



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    16 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    what are the needs of this dude... i wants to make it

    Bosun Rick

    9 years ago on Step 11

    If this was my project, I'd consider using an old leaf spring from a salvage yard car. Lots stronger, a little more flex/reflex; but a b!@h to drill mounting holes. I'd also use aluminum blocks to raise the 'trucks' also look at angling the outer ones to eliminate the excess wear on those outer trucks. Great prototype!


    10 years ago on Step 8

    CAn i just say theres a much easier way of doing this truck thing.... theres a board called a flow board and it has a bent pole going from one side of the board to the other.. purchasing one of these weird trucks would be alot easier although not nesercarily cheaper


    10 years ago on Introduction

    wow all those wheels seems fun :D haha... but yea is there any "briefcase" models ... foldup ones...?


    12 years ago

    ...i'm confused as to where the power is coming from for forward momentum? are you just rolling down hill? this contraptioni obviously isn't front wheel drive...but you took both rear wheels off and those had to be the drive wheels... if this is just a downhill racer...why use the scooter? not bashing...just wondering..the instructions/project are nice

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    if you look closley at the front wheel it does look like there is a motor inside but im not sure, if there isn't then it would be very strange to take it apart to make this.


    11 years ago

    I'm pretty sure it is front wheel drive. If you look close, you can see the power cables in a couple of the pictures. It looks like an in-hub motor, and 250W is a common rating for those.


    12 years ago

    Crapflinger: I would have to agree with you, why destroy a seemingly new electric scooter?!?!?


    12 years ago

    This is great I'm gonna build this. But I will build it from a regular scooter, because I don't have that kind


    12 years ago

    this is so cool i have to build this