Electric skateboards are a great way to get around. They’re fun and environmentally friendly and they can even be a way for you to get more active. But what if you could take your electric skateboard off-road? What if you could go through dirt and mud like nothing? Well now you can with this guide on how to build an all-terrain electric skateboard!
The concept of an all-terrain electric skateboard is to build a powerful and durable board that can be ridden on rough terrain. This is different than most other electric skateboards, which are designed to be ridden on flat surfaces like streets and sidewalks. The goal of building this type of board is to create a machine that you can use for outdoor activities like mountain biking or snowboarding.
The benefits of building an ATESkate are numerous: You’ll save money compared to buying an off-the-shelf model from a company like Boosted because you’ll avoid paying hundreds or thousands for their proprietary components and design (which isn’t readily available for purchase). Plus, since you’re making your own board with open-source kits from companies like OpenROV, there’s no limit to what features you can add!
The challenges associated with building an ATESkate include sourcing all the parts needed (especially the motor), doing some light soldering work if necessary, and having patience while waiting on shipments (since everything will come from China).
Wheels are one of the most important parts of your electric skateboard. There are several things you need to consider when selecting the right wheels for your board:
- Size: You want a wheel that is large enough for you to feel comfortable riding your board, but not so big that it causes instability or gets caught up on cracks in the road. The ideal size for an all-terrain electric skateboard is 80 mm (3 inches) in diameter, with a width between 50mm and 70mm (2 inches).
- Material: Most wheels can be made out of any material—plastic, rubber or urethane. Urethane tends to be stronger and more durable than rubber and plastic, but will also cost considerably more money than these options
Trucks are the parts that connect your board to its wheels. They’re an essential component of any electric skateboard and there are a few different types of trucks to choose from.
Reverse Kingpin Trucks
Reverse kingpin trucks are known for their tighter turning radius and ability to attack corners at higher speeds than standard kingpin trucks. These features make them ideal for carving or freestyle riding, but they sometimes feel too loose when traveling on flat surfaces while pushing on the ground (like when going uphill). Reverse kingpin boards also tend to be less forgiving in terms of wheelbase because they have more contact with the surface in front of you as you ride forward. For this reason, reverse kingpin decks are generally better suited for slalom courses than all-around street-style boards.
Standard Kingpin Trucks
Standard kingpin trucks have a wider wheelbase than reverse kingpins (the distance between the front and rear axles), which can help prevent wheel bite if you choose a large enough wheel size like 72mm (these numbers will vary depending on your deck). Standard truck decks typically have more relaxed geometry than reverse kings because they don’t need extra space around their wheels due to how much shorter they are overall – but this also means they might not hold up well under heavy loads or cornering forces placed upon them during high speeds!
The battery is the most important component of your skateboard. It’s the only thing that can’t be replaced in your board, and if it stops working, you’ll have to buy another skateboard. Before you make any decisions about which type of battery to use for your board, keep these questions in mind:
- What type of battery do I want?
- How much capacity do I need in my battery?
- What kind of weight and size do I want my battery to be?
- What voltage should my batteries be so they’re compatible with my motor controller?
Additionally, think about how long you’ll be skating each day and what kind of terrain you’ll be skating on. If it’s going to be mostly flat ground with little or no hills (like riding around a football field), then a smaller battery could suffice for your needs. However, if there are steep inclines or lots of bumps (like off-roading), then using an extra large high capacity battery may give better performance over time because it will last longer before needing to be recharged again due to its higher voltage output which allows more energy flow between components without overheating them as lower voltages would under stress conditions (such as when climbing at full speed).
The first step in assembling this skateboard is to attach the deck to the main frame. Since this is an all terrain electric skateboard, we’re going to need some tools! The hand tools we’ll be using are:
- a Philips head screwdriver
- a 10mm socket wrench
- some needle nose pliers (or vice grips)
The motor is the part of your skateboard that propels it. The size and shape of the motor depend on what type of skateboard you are building. In general, the more powerful your motor needs to be, the larger it will be. Make sure that your motor is powerful enough to propel your skateboard at high speeds.
Having an electric skateboard is great but having one that can go almost anywhere is better!
In addition to being able to go almost anywhere, an all terrain electric skateboard is also great because it can be used in the rain and snow. On top of that, you no longer need to worry about hills or sand when getting around town!
If you’re interested in getting one of these boards for yourself, here’s what you’ll need:
- A skateboard deck (of course) – this will be used as the base for everything else which means that it needs to work well with your specific riding style so make sure you get one from a trustworthy brand like Loaded Boards!
- Wheels/tires – we recommend using something with good traction like ABEC 9 bearings so they last longer when traveling over rough terrain like grass or dirt roads full of potholes.
We hope you enjoyed this article and now have a better understanding of how to build an all-terrain electric skateboard. We aren’t going to lie though, it’s not easy but with the right tools and mindset, you can make it happen!