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Is anyone else still checking this site?

I feel such a fool every day when I look for new messages here.

Has everyone taken their bike out of storage and gotten it charged enough to turn on? Spring is here. It's time to start rolling.

This is the year I hope to finally make the conversion to Leaf batts, and employ my old NiMH batts for solar storage at the house/cabin. It's mostly just needing to pop the old batts out and put the new tested batts in, very heavy.

What are you guys doing with your bikes?

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Not much!

I'm trying to fix the motor controller PCB on my 2008 VX-1 but hope to get it going again for the season. I can't help feel these bikes will be collectable... one day and therefore worth keeping on the road.

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I was sure I registered with this site years ago but could not find myself or email address so I just made a new registration.
Yesterday I hooked up some solar panels to my VX-1 to bring the voltage from 12v to 95v. Disconnected, then plugged it normally and the bike started charging as it used to do over 5 years ago. That's right, it has sat in the corner collecting dust for over 5 years. The last time my wife used it to do a few errands and it left with a full charge but within 5 miles and a couple stops, the battery went to zero and she struggled getting home actually pushing the bike the last 1/2 mile. So i suspected shorted cells and parked it researching where I could get some leaf batteries. When I plugged it in a week later to charge it, i got nothing so it remained parked for over 5 years until I finally retired and I decided to do something with it.
Now today, I was searching somehow to get a service manual which i should have done a long time ago, but here we are and none of the links are functioning, sending to dead websites. I don't know how to pm someone and I assume if very few people check or monitor here, any message response may go unanswered for a long time or never.
So I am making a request if anyone can help me get a service manual. I found and downloaded the user's manual but that does nothing for any mechanic to actually do any diagnostic work.

Thanks in advance.

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I check once a week or so, never much new. Mine is up and running, rode it today, with a couple of Chrysler Pacifica modules in it. Does about 50 miles if I'm light on the throttle. I'm on the lookout for a couple more modules but I don't have a title for my bike so maybe I won't bother spending the money on it. I have it insured and run a plate from another bike so the worst will be $50.00 ticket. Got a couple extra controllers that I sent to Dugas Engineering to flash as the software was corrupt on them. He says they're good now but I haven't tried them.

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Still checking now and then.
Converting to Leaf cells 20 modules with custom made brackets.
Forgot how to post images here...

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Yes, absolutely. Though mine has not been running for a few year but hope to get hold of some Leafs in the future.
Brisbane, Aus.

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Yes, I still look most days.
Bike is still running, and as I'm now working from home it's gone into semi retirement.
Took it for it's MOT last month, only 125miles since the last one, that'll be the covid effect.
Hopefully get more miles on it this year.

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Yes , I check this site often , because i have two VX1 - with dead batteries and not enough time and knowledge to make the conversion to Leaf or another type of batteries. I would love to have more confidence to perform this conversion and I would appreciate some tips on this direction.

Andy

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I did mine Andy, I'ts not too difficult. I used two Chrysler Pacifica modules which gives me about 40 - 50 miles of range. Four modules will double the range. Mine came with no batteries installed so it was just a matter of dropping the two modules in, connecting a busbar between the two modules and connecting the cables. You need to check if you have the proper charger installed which will work with Lithium cells and what to do with the temp sensor wiring. Search this forum for info on that. Then you need to program the bike for the proper voltage. You will have to remove the old batteries obviously but it's not hard once that's done. I've since added cell monitors to make sure the cells are balanced which they are always very close. Very important to limit the inrush current when you first hook up the batteries but you only need to do it once (or if you ever need to reconnect them). This guy has some videos on using Leaf modules. https://www.youtube.com/user/BenjaminNelson/videos.

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I'm probably the only non-Vectrix owner still occasionally checking in here. My Current C124 turns 10 years old this month - running better than ever on its 3 year old replacement pack.

I don't know if the only known Vectrix owner in my city, jimloganpa (Pittsburgh), still has his VX-1 w/LEAF battery conversion or not.

The amazing thing is that when this forum started 15 years ago- as a continuation for an earlier forum that was lost after it was raided by Albanian pirate hackers - the whole world of 2-wheel EVs seemed poised to bust wide open.... Not any more, unfortunately.

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Thanks everyone who replied, it was feeling a little lonely here.

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I sent a reply to this original posting the next day but perhaps it was too long winded and wordy. The response was " waiting for moderator to review before posting."
So I am making another effort.
Shortened version is I used solar panels to charge my 5 year old dead nimh batteries, enough so the bike charger worked and now it is full. It sat because I am sure their are shorted cells and I read years ago that I need to do a Leaf conversion but have not been able to obtain the batteries yet.
I have used this forum for a lot of information but recently effort to obtain a service manual for the '07 VX-1.
So if anyone can help me with this endeavor, I would appreciate it.

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Hi,

Interestingly, I got both comments via my email subscription but only your second one is on the site. I don't think to many words matters much (otherwise half the stuff the Yanks put on here wouldn't work, either!)

Here's a link http://www.evbitz.uk/Other_Stuff....html - scroll almost to the bottom. If you have problems, left me know.

MW

Regards, Martin Winlow
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"(otherwise half the stuff the Yanks put on here wouldn't work, either!)"

Noice!

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I hop on here every several weeks to couple months to see what I've missed. Used to ride both my Vectrix and Suzuki V-Strom to work in the olden days, but teleworking drastically reduced all of my riding. I still need to install Dugas firmware on my Vectrix, and I'm hoping someone comes up with a super cheap and easy BMS setup that I can justify retrofitting to my 19-module Leaf pack.

I did see another Vectrix here in Alexandria that's been sitting outside for at least a couple winters. Contemplated buying it but don't really have space for another.

And Martin, you know us all too well...

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super cheap and easy BMS setup that I can justify retro fitting to my 19-module Leaf pack.

I'm currently looking into modifiying the original Vectrix BMS boards.
These are available for cheap and can be used with pigtails to connect to for example Leaf cells.

Only problem with these original boards have is that they use a version(i believe version 2) of the BMS chip thas has factory defect in it.
this was fixed in version 3 of the same chip (they are pin compatible) so "probably'" be replacing the wrong chjip for the right one these boards can be used as they are.

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- Vectrix VX-1 Li+ my2009 #2791
- Vectrix VX-1 Li my2011 #3228
- CityEl Fact4 / Mini El Cabrio
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Hi all,

I currently have a working setup with the OEM BMS boards on a set of 20 Leaf modules.
Just pigtailed the BMS boards to the cells and mounted the boards on a lexan coverplate bolted on top of the modules.
This does just fit under the battery cover.

Unfortunally the latest Dugas firmware doesnt (yet) trigger the balancing mode when one of more cells are reaching their max cell values so that needs some attention.
In my case where the latest edition of the MagicBox controls the non-OEM charger it can read inidividual cell values and control balancing of the BMS and adjust the chargers current output accordingly.
So all in all this is one of the cheapest (and near OEM) BMS options available at this time.

In the process of uploading and fiddling with the several different firmware versions I managed to brick two motorcontrollers so I needed to flash them back to a working condition.
Luckily I had sourced all needed software and equipement for that so that wasnt a real show-stopper in the end..

I have to see what the effect is of the older (gen1) BMS chips but these could probably be replaced by gen2 versions if needed.

So again, more improvements to keep these VX's rolling into the future :-)

Paul

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My contribution to EV in The Netherlands
- Novox C20
- Vectrix VX-1 Li+ my2009 #2791
- Vectrix VX-1 Li my2011 #3228
- CityEl Fact4 / Mini El Cabrio
- Th!nk PIV4 A266
- Th!nk City A306
- Tesla Model3 AWD

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Great to hear, Paul! Do you have any pictures of the setup? And what was the total cost of hardware?

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I'm a newbie here as recently came across a dead Vectrix having heard random things about it for a decade and looking online, it looks like an interesting ride.
It has just the right size wheels capabilities I need to make a nice Streamliner it looks like.
An other than the battery choice which at the time there was little choice, it looks like a great little rugged long lasting EV.
And it looks like able to put 3 Tesla or Bolt modules in it for 15-18kwh, 2 in the battery case and one on top of them. I have the Bolt modules but other modules like Volvo, etc are viable. I like LG cells having used a lot of Volt modules for EVs.
How wide is it inside the battery box? If 14" maybe I can fit 3 Bolt modules, 30 cells for 123vdc max inside it would be great.
I've wanted a Streamliner EV for a while but lacked a good chassis without oversized wheels that make a Steamliner harder, 2' longer to do, especially an EV one. So if I don't get this one or even if I do I'll be interested in another 1-2 in Florida, especially near Tampa for sale.
What is the max voltage for the stock battery pack? Minimum?
By being smaller I can make the Streaminer cabin smaller, lower cutting work, cost, weight, aero drag.
I'm amazed how low the prices are. And finding out they were sold in Florida meaning finally some old used E MCs to experiment in my mad way that are not 3k miles away! ;^))

Gerald Dycus

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