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  1. This is an older pm for someone that asked the same question. 1 Pedals off (not necessary but makes it a bit easier) 2. Right side panel off (4 philips screws) and disconnect left!!! battery, mount sidepanel again. (disconnect right battery too) 3. Left side panel off. Take battery out. 4. Remove the led strip on the left side. First its cover and then the strip. Leave it loose hanging but connected. 5. There is a strip of tape holding the two body halves together under the control board. Try to peel that off from the small gap. If you can do it without removing the board you save tons of time. 6. Remove front and rear panels starting from the bottom. The ones that look like arches. 7. Remove the little panel under the left side pedal. 8. Locate the 8 screws along the border of the inner case (4 on each side) and remove them. 9. Remove the 6 bolts between case and left pedal mount. Split the case by removing the left half. The led strip can be fed through the hole the cable goes through. Done. I wrote this from memory so maybe it's not 100%. Check the youtube video for details. There is a ~13min of an asian guy disassembling the tesla completely. You don't need to do that. Added later: I forgot at step 8 there are 10 screws to split the case. The two missing screws are located by the top right corner of each battery pack. One from each side, always top right corner. If you unscrew the ride hand side screw at step 2 when you're inside the right side panel, you can save time.
  2. I don't think the panasonic cells are new and that could be the problem. They have uneven wear and might need more balancing than new cells. It's easier to switch cells than to provide ample and reliable balancing currents, it seems.
  3. The rider got in front of the bus by a few meters at a point before the stop, not counting the shadow that stretches several meters further and is clearly visible on the road. (original video) Considering the windscreens are huge in buses, when someone is 1-2 m in front of a bus that rider is clearly visible, the shadow much more so, unless.... ... the bus driver was blinded by the sun (rearview/side mirrors?) or was wearing sunglasses, or was tired etc. The driver is clearly negligent and shouldn't be driving. As a rider, you should never stay long in the blind spot of other vehicles. If there is a collision, you'll always lose.
  4. That bus driver is completely blind. Should never be allowed to ride even a bicycle in traffic again. Was the guy a member of this forum?
  5. Wind and incline influence power output much more than you think. At those speed's the wind direction/speed could change your functional max speed by +/-10km/h or more even. That's like a 65 km/h cutoff with a headwind and 85 km/h cutoff with a tailwind. In any case. It's best not to push the limit.
  6. How do you true the rim (repair)? Laterally I can see how it's possible, but radially no. It will remain dented but only radially. If not, how do you actually pull the dent outward?
  7. Are scooters allowed? Maybe ride that...
  8. Usually for clincher tires the specification is just a loose spec. The tire is only a part of the enclosure, and low speed tire production isn't the highest tech. It's good to try other tires though as it can help the community to know what works and what doesn't. What matters is the real size. A tire marked 3inch that is about the size of a 2.125 will not provide more comfort. The C1488 will be less comfortable than a standard 2.5in because of it, but with 1-2mm clearance to the shell you can safely say the size (and comfort) is "maxed out".
  9. I doubt other 62-305 will fit the tesla. The rather slim c-1488 is already a tight fit.
  10. Power consumption basically goes up by speed squared. Also climbing consumes a lot depending on your weight. A light rider going 30km/h average, living in a flat country is going to post completely different numbers than a heavier rider riding undulating terrain at 35km/h average. Going 40km/h consumes 4 times as much power as 20km/h etc.
  11. 180lbs on a 2.125in tire is going to be painful. I guess your feet hurting will be the limit and not the battery.
  12. Actually the center of the tire retracts with higher pressure. At 0psiI have massive rub, then at 30psi it clears. Funny, huh.
  13. What do you mean by "load balancing"? I suspect the board pictured isn't the whole bms. There doesn't seem to be enough space for the balancing circuits. Maybe this board acts as a junction and connects the two packs together as one pack, but that there is another board internal somewhere.
  14. I live in a big city with 8 million and it's quite dense. I ride a tesla and a v8 depending on the distance I need to ride. Roads are wide so I ride on the shoulder. If you ride in an older city with narrow single lane roads, then that's a difficult choice. I probably wouldn't ride such roads unless they were 30km/h limited. Trucks and buses concern me.
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