Let’s face facts— as famous tattoo artist Sailor Jerry once said, good work ain’t cheap and cheap work ain’t good. This applies to everything from tattoos to electric skateboards. Ergo, we know it’s difficult to muster the courage to shell out thousands of dollars on a great electric skateboard, especially when you’re balling on a budget. And, the truth is, while there are some great budget boards, many of them are glorified children’s toys.
If you’re looking for something that’s going to weather the workday commute or become a bonafide means of alternative transportation, you’re going to have to pony up.
There are other options though. One of the most popular is to convert an existing, manual skateboard into an electric skateboard using a conversion kit. Now, this isn’t the easiest job but it’s also not exactly brain surgery. If you’ve got a few everyday tools and an afternoon to spare, you can probably get it done in no time. As you might imagine, if you’re feeling stuck, there are plenty of guides out there that will help you along.
If you’ve been thinking about converting that old longboard that’s been gathering dust since senior year, we’ve got the guide for you! Here we’re going to look at the three most popular electric skateboard conversion kits available on Amazon, so you can find the one that’s just right for you!
XCSource DIY Electric Skateboard: Longboard Conversion Kit for 80mm Wheels
Here’s the thing about all of these kits, they’re awesome and inexpensive, but none of them come with motors. That might seem kind of funny or counterintuitive but that’s the way it goes. So you’re going to have to buy a motor as well, which luckily is also available on Amazon, and will still keep your entire purchase well under the price of a fully-setup electric skateboard.
This XCSource conversion kit is going to come with everything you need to mount your motor to your board, so that includes:
- 1 x Pulley For Motor
- 1 x Pulley For Wheel
- 1 x Bracket
- 1 x Belt
- 3 x Screwdrivers
- 6 x Bolt
- 6 x Pad
- 16 x Screws
This kit is perfect if you’re using those thicker, bigger 80mm wheels and promises, with its rubber belt and pulley, to be a smooth and quiet ride!
XCSource DIY Electric Skateboard: Longboard Conversion Kit for 70/72mm Wheels
This conversion kit is going to be very similar to the one above but is made to work with the more oft-found 70/72mm wheels for your longboard or skateboard.
These two kits are perfect because they offer an accurate and smooth transmission for your skateboard with industry standard buffer and shock absorption.
They boast a constant transmission ratio with no slip and low noise at work. And they’re both built with durable materials so you can be sure you’ll get plenty of use out of them!
Bonus Points: XCSource includes two extra screws and four extra setscrews so you have backups just incase anything goes missing!
One more thing: you’re also going to have to buy a remote controller for either of these two XCSource conversion kits but, at 25 bucks, it’s not such a bad deal!
DIYE DIY Electric Skateboard Motor Mount Kit Premium V2
What makes this a great motor mount kit is that it’s one of the few that are specifically made to fit the Caliber “Cal II 50° RKP Longboard Trucks” or clones thereof, which are some of the most popular on the market. According to many of the customer reviews, they fit these trucks perfectly (even better than those made by the company!).
This mount kit is made entirely in the USA and features durable and high quality aluminum with an anodized finish. The sellers are kind enough to have provided a handy instructional video incase you need some assistance making your electric skateboard dreams a reality! Of course, like the other, it’s just a mount, bracket and clamp, so you’ll still need a motor and remote to go along with it.
We respect anyone who wants to do-it-themselves so we wish you good luck in converting that old skateboard. Be careful, measure twice and mount once. And remember to always where your helmet!