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Saying Goodbye to Electric Blue

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Well, as most of you have seen, there hasn't been a lot of activity for several months on this blog. May you be well and happy on your path.

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Analyzing PakTrakr Files with PrestoPlot

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I took the Civic out for a spin today with my neatly installed PakTrakr and captured some data while pulling some reasonably high currents.

Mounting the PakTrakr

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It's time to mount the PakTrakr on the dashboard. Since I have a low-end model Civic, there are several unused accessory plates that I can tap into.

PakTrakr Signal Integrity

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I finally got to trying out some filtering on the PakTrakr lines today with some pleasing results. found a tiny 0.1uF tantalum capacitor at work.

Fixing the Batmon Resistors

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Well it's about time I get the Civic working again now that the weather seems to be getting warmer. Here's the old power resistor setup.

EV Awareness Day, Synkro faults

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Yesterday was our local EV organization's big annual event called EV Awareness Day. We held it at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.

Time to Get a Larger Hammer

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After two days of running perfectly, I found yesterday morning that the amps were down and the FET had blown again. Some might think this is overkill.

Cautious Optimism

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After talking with the power supply EEs at work, I came home and tried a few experiments to see if I could fix the alternative charge detector circuit.

A New Hope

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After the utter failure of the Soneil and the Joule chargers, I did some more research on individual battery chargers. Here's to hope

A Very Dark Day with the Joule Chargers

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This whole experiment with the individual chargers has been a very humbling experience. This means that the half with no LED are dead. Stay tuned

Sleuthing the Soneils

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Against my better judgment, I took apart one of the failed Soneil chargers yesterday afternoon to see if I could find out anything about the failures.

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Fixing the Potbox, Soneil's Arrive

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Over the past few days, the car has still been lurching around despite the potbox parameter adjustments that I've made inside the controller.

Going to the Electrathon/HPV Event at PIR

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Last weekend, I took the Civic-EV to Portland International Raceway to show it off at the Electrathon/Human-Powered Vehicles event there.

Moving the Instrumentaiton

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While this removes some of the "coolness" factor without a tach, I like the more simplistic look as I tend to be a minimalist.

Installing the Synkromotive Controller

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I stopped by the Synkromotive shop this morning and picked up my beta-test controller that I've been wanting to try out. Here's my mock placement.

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Installing a New Potbox

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As with many EV projects, much time is spent waiting for parts. The replacement Soneil chargers haven't shown up yet.

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Taking a Vacation

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It's been over a month since I've blogged about the Civic and people have started to ask where I've been. Here I am near the start of the trip.

Planning to Replace the EV Components

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On the left is a jj12060 Joule individual battery charger from ElectricRider, supposedly modelled after the popular Soneil chargers. Argh, more delays.

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Fixing the Charging System.Again

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Here are the plastic boxes I talked about in a prior post. don't seem to be having any trouble with overheating (yet.) Have a great week, everyone

Rear Coil-Overs

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To finish up the suspension, I installed the rear coil-overs. The procedure is much the same as the front coil-overs.

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My First Week of Commuting

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This has definitely been an interesting week. commuted to work three days this week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday). Things seemed to go fine on Monday.

Frustrations with Springs

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Okay, I admit it. I'm an obsessed control freak. That said, let's move on. Remember this beast from several months ago? Sounds like fun, huh?

Installing the Front Coil-Over Suspension

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Here's the process I used to remove the existing Civic springs and install the front coil-overs. Now to remove the bottom of the strut.

Over-Rev Protection, MTF and Labelling

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Today involved a bunch of miscellaneous items. If you choose a lower brightness, the LEDs gets pulsed and the controller won't fully shut off.

Finishing the Guages, Link-10

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I worked all day to get the tach sensor fixed and the link-1o installed. Here's my solution to fixing the tach sensor. Here's everything wired up.

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Suspension Toys

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They were very responsive and their technician recommended a coil-over set with custom springs for the project. Delivery was remarkably fast.

Debugging the Tachometer Signal

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I spent this evening, trying to figure out why the tachometer was flat-lining under acceleration. Rats again! Good Night, Tim

Mounting the Link-10 E-meter

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I decided to start mounting the Link-10 Battery Monitor (E-meter) this weekend. This is very common stuff and should be in the plumbing tube section.

Making a Charging Timer

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The only timer I could easily find that would charge for several hours was a wall-socket mount like the one shown above.

Installing the Tachometer

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Happy Belated New Year everyone! Things have been quiet on the blog recently as I've been taking a break for awhile. Okay, now for the hard part.

Christmas Presents

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Santa was good to me this year. received a Link-10 battery monitor from my parents. The items on the right came from Belktronix. We'll see how it goes.

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Frustrations with Zolox sensor mount

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I tried installing the Zolox sensor mounting ring for the Warp9 motor from EVsource today. It looks like the fabricator got the holes offset.

Mounting the Zolox Sensor

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After futzing around awhile, I was able to get the spacer ring for the Zolox tachometer sensor to line up. Here's the bottom of the mounting ring.

Add the Splash Guard

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I'd like to get the car off the jack-stands and back into a position where I can drive it while still adding things like the guages. Good Night

Tach Mount, Splash Guard and POR-15

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In the final directions, I'll probably list a smaller piece to acquire. This one cost me $22.25. The original donut was 1 1/2" thick.

Tachometer is Here!

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This is a cool day(And not just because it's freezing outside). The package with the custom tachometer from SpeedHut arrived.

Plastic Boxes and Speed Sensor

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I got some fun stuff today. The plastic boxes for the BatMons and the Zolox speed sensor with Warp9 mounting hardware came in.

Wiring up and Testing Batmon Boards

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Okay, it's time to get your wiring spaghetti on. In the process I blew the OVP channel on the IsoBatMon unit. fuses. How does it work? Kerplooey!

Fixing the Speedometer, Removing ECU

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During the test drive, I noticed that the speedometer wasn't working. It had worked fine before I removed the engine. Speaking of the ECU. volts).

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Fixing up the Rear Suspension

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finally got my internet connection back up at home. As you may remember, I swapped out the front springs with beefier ones. Many thanks to Rob C.