I've been lurking and learning here for months. This is my first post.
Recently, I acquired a GT Shockwave. I'm the third owner after 2 teenage boys. But, structurally it seems sound; cosmetically (and to some degree functionally)it's a mess. In other words: It's ripe to mod!
I've been considering going all the way to 48V for this one. I'm okay with everything I need to change, but it's sure a lot of lead to stash on there somewhere (non-sla batteries are not a budgetary option). I'm not willing to raise the foot deck, since I will be riding this standing-up and find the handlebar height nearly too short as it is. Sounds like it needs to be a battery box under the frame. Anyone ever done this? Does anyone make battery boxes that might work for this?
My objective: I'm not interested in high speed. But I do want quick acceleration, and some respectable range when cruising between 4mph and 12 mph. I don't need to go faster than 15mph, but need to be able to accelerate as quickly as any dog walking/running next to my scooter. I normally run about 1/3 - 1/2 throttle for about 30 minutes, then onto the charger and may use again after about an hour of charging. This may happen twice per day during good weather. I'd like to still have some "spunk" left at the end of a typical 30 minute run.
My question: Given my objectives of acceleration and range, what combination of battery voltage & Ah, controller, throttle, and motor, would you recommend? Guess we should consider gearing as another variable?
I appreciate all your responses.