I used to frequent this forum a few years back, but haven't followed the group in a few years.
I have an '07 VX-1 that I purchased new in '08. I used it for commuting for a few years and put 9000 miles on it. After several years the pack degraded, and in 2014 I decided it was time to find and replace bad cells. I pulled out the pack and found three bad cells. At that point I decided it may be better to put the energy into a Lithium upgrade instead, and started to pursue that.
And then life got busy and the bike sat disemboweled in my garage for seven years.
I would like to get the bike running again. I don't need it as a daily commuter, but it would be fun to have to ride around in again. 50 mile range at 50 mph would be nice, but not required. I still see people performing Lithium conversions; thanks to everyone for all of the great knowledge on here! Using Leaf batteries seems like a fairly easy and well known approach, as long as the cells are not too old. I have a 2012 Leaf myself which is fairly degraded, and I guess any Leaf packs more than a few years old may not be worth the effort. I see used Gen 2 Leaf modules go for about $100 online, but don't know how old these are. I also see recommendations such as from antiscab to use newer tech like Samsung SDI cell; not sure how much more this would run.
Given the above,
Would you have any recommendation on cell types?
If using Leaf cells, do you recommend 18 or 19 modules? (I did use regen heavily)
Any recommended battery suppliers?
I'm in the Washington, DC area. If anyone nearby is performing or has done a conversion please let me know.