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Has anyone added any padding to their V8/V10? I am determined to add some but I'm not sure where.... or how.... or when....

Is your V8/V10 padded? Show us a picture!

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Really hope this thread gets a few responses! I have some DIY padding material, just waiting for some inspiration!

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Hmmm I'll respond to myself since I tried it last night for the first time... it took 2+ hours and didn't quite go as planned.... Here's what I learned...

I started with some 1/4" neoprene and some double sided tape, some gorilla glue, some industrial strength velcro:

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Because the V8 has this bump at the top it makes power pads tricky. I decided to make "Mini Power Pads" on that bump. I started with a strip of industrial strength velcro:

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I did two layers of neoprene in a crescent shape, with two legs on each end using four layers:

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It aint pretty... the neoprene gets damaged very easily, but I just wanted the job done and too wasn't worried about looks:

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I mostly used double sided tape on the neoprene, but on the edges I did a few drops of gorilla glue, unfortunately the gorilla glue looks pretty ugly when it dries:

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I tried riding it with just these new power pads, initially it felt pretty good for stability and control, it was great for jumping off curbs, and safer for hitting bumps.

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But I soon learned that when I hit max speed I was prone to wobbles that didn't used to be there - I never had that problem before when I was cruising just using my feet. The pads had definitely changed the way I ride, and not necessarily for the better, suddenly my legs were touching the EUC whereas before I purely used my pedals (upgraded V10 pedals). This leg hugging was causing wobbles at 28 KM/h (my max speed).  Not sure if more practice would resolve that issue or not... But I decided to put on the ankle pads that came with the machine for some more support, hoping it would give me more control to stop the wobbles:

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It worked: with two points of contact on the wheel the wobbles were gone. I feel a lot more control now, and a lot safer when I hit a bump. But... I'm not sure if I like the new way I am riding with two points of contact on my legs. Before I had zero contact with my legs and only used my feet. It will definitely take a few days to get use to this new way of riding but I think eventually the extra control and the safety factor will out weigh the weirdness that I am feeling. 

I think the main thing missing from my little experiment is some cloth or leather to cover up and protect the fragile neoprene and make it look much better. I have a ton of neoprene left and will make a second attempt at some point focusing more on looks.

Lastly - I learned that I don't want to make my own pads for my pre-ordered V11. For that C$3000 purchase I want something a bit more professional, I am reluctantly going to pay $80 USD (even though I think that price is ridiculous and they should be about $40 USD) for Powerpads from eWheels or AliExpress, I will hope they fit the V11 somehow (anyone know?)

Hopefully this all helps someone!

 

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Im still messing around with pads, but Im a stickler and mine have to fit under a cover(another test fail today in the rain matter of fact). I use two points of contact on my 18L/mten on the stock pads. Usually when cruising, I am using mostly my feet, and my need for 'power pads' are simply that: a place to push against for more power (front of knee/shin). At one point I had some on that were ALMOST right for improved power and stopping, while NOT interfering with my ability to ride loose unless at the far extremes of braking/speed. When Im not pushing hard or breaking hard, I ride loose. When I enter turns or start wobble, my stance switches to a twist that locks my legs into the top and my ankles into the bottom.  Anyhow, I like your idea and it seems VERY similar to what I'm trying. I'm currently using little half circle disks and no middle section. I WISH I could buy the 'perfect' preformed pads, but I fear it is all so rider dependent. So far its been a LOT of trial and error for me, as location and angle of both front and rear pad, is defined by how far forward I stand and how much lean I want BEFORE engaging with the pads. Getting the perfect setup will be bliss I'm sure, as for that brief moment that mine were just right, I felt a LOT safer in both maintained high speed AND braking. I've been a little lax on finishing the idea, but you remind me to not quit. Fwiw, I purchased 1.5" neoprene type foam at a ridiculous expensive price. I think 3/4" is the way to go. I wouldnt count on power pads working out very easily on the v11, just look at where the points of motion are. Fwiw, perhaps wait until you have it, before you waste too much time or money on upgrades for it? We have a member here that makes em, and boy does he create quality, none of that molded chinese fluff. That 3m shit is a staple around here. Mostly for music endeavors, I use it for everything. Priced like its got gold in it tho...

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55 minutes ago, ShanesPlanet said:

We have a member here that makes em

Who is this member? What do they charge?

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@buell47 is making custom pads. I'm not sure his selection, but i do know that he takes great care in doing the best he can with good materials.

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An update: after riding with my new pads for a while they are a definite improvement over riding with no pads. It really takes some getting used to, but I think it really makes you safer from hitting bumps and pot holes and improves your skills - I can now ride with one leg whereas without pads I couldn't.

However, neoprene is pretty fragile and it requires some kind of covering or it starts falling apart pretty quickly:

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So I was sent back to the drawing board... I grabbed this thing at the dollar store, I think it is some kind of nylon:

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Cut it in half:

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Made rectangular neoprene pads, same as before, 2 layers with 2 extra layers at the ends.

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Wrapped em up, glued em good, added industrial strength velcro (or you can use Dual Lock but this industrial stuff is strong enough):

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They look a bit better then the old ones:

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We'll see how long they last!

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I hope this saves someone time. Happy riding!

Edit: after testing the vinyl surface has some pros and some cons. Pro: its good for hot sweaty days and feels pretty good to touch.  Con: it is slippery compared to naked neoprene. I think that on my next pair I will use a leather-like material for the exterior.

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