How to Build an Electric Skateboard

Written by jeff wysaski
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An electric skateboard is a fun and simple way to get around town. If you're interested in building one, you'll be happy to learn that it just takes a few key components and some light construction. With a little patience and precision, you can add an electric motor to your skateboard and be zooming around town in no time.

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Things you need

  • Skateboard
  • Electric motor kit
  • Drill
  • Wrench
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Buy an electric skateboard motor kit. You might be able to find one in a local skate shop, but ordering online is probably your best bet.

  2. 2

    Review the instructions of the electric skateboard building kit and make sure you understand each step. Once you feel comfortable with the process ahead of you, it's time to start building.

  3. 3

    Use a wrench to remove the back wheels and truck from your skateboard. Situate the electric motor on top of the board. Your kit instructions will dictate the exact location of the motor.

  4. 4

    Carefully use a pencil to mark the drill points for the engine bolts. Double-check the positioning of each hole spot.

  5. 5

    Drill the bolt holes straight down into the board so that the bolts will be able to screw in tightly.

  6. 6

    Attach the electric motor to the skateboard by screwing the bolts into the bolt holes and tightening them with the nuts that came with your motor kit.

  7. 7

    Reattach the truck and wheels. Connect the belt to the engine. Slide the other end of the belt over the rear wheel as indicated by the kit instructions. If necessary, loosen the wheel nuts.

  8. 8

    Use a wrench to tighten up all the bolts on your skateboard. Double-check the belt to make sure it is pulled tightly. If it is not, add spacers to achieve tautness.

  9. 9

    Attach the accelerator remote to the engine by connecting the accelerator wire to the installation point on the engine. Consult your kit instructions for exact installation requirements.

  10. 10

    Test your assembly by pushing the accelerator button. When you do so, your electric skateboard should move forward.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear pads and a helmet when riding your electric skateboard.

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