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kamztrad posted:

Hi there and merry Christmas to all, I have posted a couple of pics of my 36 Volt C5. The 2 buttons on the right hand handlebar are used to select 24v and then 36v while pressing the left hand power button at the same time. I have put the 3rd 12v scooter battery in the boot as you can see.

I had a ride out today and managed 35 mph downhill, and 28 mph coming back up the hill. I am using the most powerful cooling fan I can for the motor, and I can not use 36v for too long at the moment as the motor does heat up rapidly (un-surprisingly) - have to say it's a real blast, and the power and coast technique still allows rapid progress.

Have to say a big thanks to Chas as I'm using one of his metal gearbox inserts, and the disc brake kit he devised (big thanks must go to Pep on that front as was his idea !!)

I am looking at a way of fixing the magnets in the motor housing to prevent them from parting company with the casing when the resin melts at high temperature, this is more of a precaution and I have a temperature gauge to monitor the motor temperature.

Just starting to look forward to next year and the chance to meet up with some of the members,

Till next time, Merry X-Mas and see you soon.

posted on: 19/12/2013 17:31:15


Hi there glad that all is working well .Regarding the rear disc brake mod it was Peps idea what I did was to make it a kit so that any one could fit it on there own C5 .Anyway I am glad that it works well many thanks ...Chas \:d/ \:d/ \:d/
posted on: 19/12/2013 18:41:27

Area51 posted:

Regarding the magnets we use a loctite structural
Adhesive I can't remember the number when I find it I will let you know
Regarding motor cooling when a dc motor is force cooled it always has an entry and exit point
It may run cooler if you were to drill 2 10mm holes in the drive end
To let the hot air out
Just a thought but it might run cooler

posted on: 19/12/2013 20:55:08

kamztrad posted:

Cheers for that Area, would really appreciate it if you could let me know the details of the adhesive you use. I had considered drilling some holes to let the air forced in escape, from what you've said I will do that, as it can only help cooling as it must be more efficient the more cool air you can get past the commutator and armature etc and out the other end,
posted on: 19/12/2013 21:13:28

Area51 posted:

I am not back at work till after Xmas
When I am back and I find the number
I will let you know
posted on: 19/12/2013 21:57:52

Area51 posted:

It is loctite 326 magnet bonder structural
Adhesive hope this helps
posted on: 20/12/2013 20:51:56

kamztrad posted:

Cheers for that buddy, and a very merry x-mas to you.\:d/ \:d/
posted on: 20/12/2013 21:54:47

Area51 posted:

And a Merry Xmas to you mate
posted on: 20/12/2013 21:58:35

dave posted:

This a standard motor ?
posted on: 21/12/2013 18:09:48

Area51 posted:

It sounds like you need an extra 12 volts Dave lol
posted on: 21/12/2013 18:44:26

kamztrad posted:

It's standard motor at the moment but I'm planning to make some additional holes for increased cooling and stick magnets with the structural adhesive to minimise the problems of high temperature operation.
posted on: 21/12/2013 19:51:45

kamztrad posted:

Hi there and happy new year to all. Thought I'd just update you on some mods to my 36V C5. As you will see in the photos I have drilled some holes in the motor casing which has greatly improved airflow through the motor, around the commutator, armature and brushes.

I had a lucky escape a couple of weeks ago - was out on a test run and forgot to switch the cooling fan on (hadn't got the cooling holes in motor then either) - had a really good fast run and wasn't paying attention to the motor temp gauge - suddenly realised the reading was climbing into the 90's degree C. Switched fan on and pulled over - the temp peaked at 102 degree C before it started to drop.

I feared the worst but after cooling down was able to ride home, mainly on 12v power only. I couldn't believe that when I stripped the motor to service it and modify with the cooling holes there was no damage whatsoever. I have got a spare new motor and was expecting to need to fit this, but after stripping the cooked motor, I replaced grease in gearbox (with metal insert), drilled cooling holes, all cogs, armature, brushes in good order, magnets still stuck to casing.

The motor in the pics is the one I cooked but runs fine after service, haven't had chance for a long run yet but test runs all ok.

Will let you know when I get a chance for some long runs what difference the cooling mods make, but I can tell by the amount of air coming out of the holes it should make quite a difference.

posted on: 05/01/2014 15:49:12

Area51 posted:

Nice job on the holes keep us posted on the difference
They they make

posted on: 05/01/2014 17:05:40

kamztrad posted:

Will do, hoping to get a run out later this week - it ain't pretty but I'm hoping it should be pretty effective!
posted on: 05/01/2014 17:24:58

Area51 posted:

I think it will be it should run cooler
posted on: 05/01/2014 17:46:14

Dan posted:

Great job Sounds like you were lucky with the temperature hitting 100°C  I've had a different idea for trying to cool down my plain 24v machine by drilling extra (small) holes in the light coloured plastic bit that the gearbox sits on.  It already has holes for ventilation but theres probably room for more.

Have you had any problems with the 3 small cogs disintegrating at high speeds?

Keep it up
posted on: 05/01/2014 18:50:56

kamztrad posted:

Hi Dan, I had thought about adding some more holes in the plastic part you mentioned but I was concerned about weakening it, although I don't know how much strain it is put under when under full power - I know it has some smallish rectangular holes in it as standard, I just couldn't see much room to put some more holes in.

The big holes I have put in the casing certainly allow a really good through-flow of air although the fan can certainly push more air in than all the holes in the case can let out.

I haven't had any problems with the 3 small cogs disintegrating yet (touch wood), despite having it flat out at over 30 mph for over a mile, and I had a good look at them when I stripped the motor following the overheat, and they all look in very good condition, as are the big cog on the motor shaft and the teeth on the inside of the gearbox. As I mentioned I am using the metal gearbox insert.

PS I have sent you a PM about some 3-D bits, hope you can help [-o< , cheers

posted on: 05/01/2014 19:12:07

kamztrad posted:

Motor cooling update - had a ride out yesterday and didn't get more than a quarter of a mile when the motor started making some unusual noises - only got up to about 40 deg c motor temp - anyway, made it home, and while running the motor freestanding it seized - I stripped it and found one of the magnets has become detached and was resting on the armature.

I think this motor casing may have been cooked before as I got it second hand, and didn't do any appreciable distance or reached a high temp b4 it seized.

I have now removed both magnets from the housing, cleaned them up and am waiting for some Loctite 326 magnet bonding glue (kindly recommended by Area51) so I can glue them in properly and let it rip.

While I've got the magnets out I've made the cooling holes even bigger as in the pics - will keep you updated on further developments when I get my glue,


posted on: 09/01/2014 14:31:16

Area51 posted:

just make sure you stick the magnets back in the same place and dead opposite each other
posted on: 09/01/2014 19:01:04

kamztrad posted:

An update on the cooling modifications - had a run out the other day with the motor with additional cooling holes - all was going well I thought but the new brush holders and brushes I fitted were not fitted securely by me and one of them came out partially and jammed the motor, resulting in a motor overheat and the brush holders melting, the fan holder melting and the commutator turning blue with the heat - not good.

Anyway, having established the problem I used a new motor end cap with new brushes fitted, a fresh armature (think the old one is still ok), and refixed the melted fan holder with cable ties - then gave it a run out on full 36V power for 2 miles up and down hill and the motor temp did not go over 68 deg C !!BigGrin BigGrin

So the cooling holes have kept the motor temperature below 70 deg C on full power for 2 miles, previously the temp would have been over 100 deg C !!

I have posted a couple of pictures of the final set up with one of Dan's excellent fan holders. Have to say the fan holder is very easy to fit, a perfect fit and great value for money - top job Dan !! It only melted due to my incompetence but sometimes you learn most from your mistakes, I certainly did!!LOL

posted on: 18/01/2014 17:11:49

Area51 posted:

That's good news on the cooling Kamztrad
posted on: 18/01/2014 18:23:30

Dan posted:

Thanks for the comments about the fan holder kamztrad.  I'm impressed you managed to melt it considering the melting point for the printer plastic is about 150°C

Well done for managing to get the C5 to run on 36V and keep the temp under 70.  Maybe we can now start using 36v uni controllers
posted on: 19/01/2014 08:55:41

kamztrad posted:

Wow, didn't realise it was quite that hot but thinking about it the temp gauge went off the scale just showing HIGH, and I think it reads up to about 120 deg c.

The extra cooling holes, and also the holes I have put in the end cap which holds the brushes have certainly made a huge difference. The end cap is much softer and easier to drill than the motor casing, if anyone is looking for a simple way to drastically increase cooling if they are using a cooling fan drilling the end cap is a relatively easy job.

I melted the parts which connect the fan connector to the brushes, but I was able to remove the melted remains and drill a hole thru the connector and strap it back on round the brushes with some cable ties, although I will PM you Dan to ask if I can buy another fan connector from you.
posted on: 19/01/2014 11:29:43

dave posted:

Time to get the pillar drill out
posted on: 19/01/2014 12:33:38

kamztrad posted:

Had a longer run out today of just over 11 miles using 12,24 and 36v running - average speed just under 20 mph and motor temp didn't go over 55 deg c, and most of the time it was around 45 deg C so cooling fan and additional holes definitely the way to go, no nasty burning smells or melted components anymore!!
posted on: 19/01/2014 18:30:59

andries.moss posted:

Now that's interesting to know. I have made small holes in my motor and they seem ok on 24v, but now I am intrigued to try it on 36v.
posted on: 24/05/2014 15:05:10