The Rezistor - still works...

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Rode the Rezistor to work yesterday and today. I haven't been able to find any electrical outlets on the outside of the (very old) building I work in, so I had to improvise.

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Not that this is absolutely necessary: my commute is 6 miles round trip, which is well within the Rezistor's range. I just wanted to see what I would have to do if I really needed to charge up at work for some reason.

I just started taking voltage readings before and after riding and charging. Right after a charge, the batteries read at 42V. After sitting overnight in the garage it drops to around 37V - might I have a slow charge leak somewhere in the system? Then after I ride it 3 miles to work it reads 36V. I'll continue to take readings, and I should really start to check the individual cell voltages to see how well Yesa's BMS is keeping the cells balanced. The BMS on one of the packs is rather inaccessible, unfortunately, so I'll have to take readings from one of them and assume they're both behaving the same way.

I've been swamped on a deadline at work, so I haven't had time to get the turn signals working or to build license plate illumination and reverse lights. I ordered some LED replacement bulbs for the rear signals (about $6 for the pair on ebay) and some blue electroluminescent wire that I plan to wrap around the motor power cables for ornamentation.

I've also started some research on what to do about the bodywork. If I go with the bare-metal look, there's a product called Gibbs penetrant/protectant that will prevent and supposedly even reverse corrosion. I found some pictures of a roadster restoration that was left in the bare-metal state using this product. I suspect you have to reapply it at regular intervals. There are some local powder-coating companies that will apparently do the sandblasting for you as well as the powder-coating; I might be able to get this done for less than $300. I plan to ask about the possibility of clear powder-coating, but I might just go for the brightest color I can find for safety reasons.

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dude, that thing moves.... Loved the test ride...

you have to keep in touch, we'll try and help you out with the DC converter if you need it.

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