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6 hours ago, fbhb said:

…Please bear with me as this one is a huge task due to having approx. 60 images to reupload, but I will definitely get it resolved during this week for you and the rest of the community!

Thank you so much - it is people like you who make the community awesome! I share what I've done, but your stuff is on another level! It is appreciated.

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This is my comprehensive account of All that is likely to be involved in fixing each of the known and some Newly discovered issues with the King Song S18. I would like to preface this write up by

And it speaks VOLUMES about the company, doesnt it? They wont hire him, he wont work for pennies and has a sense of quality. The sheer ammount of bullshit you have to do to a brand new wheel is appall

Brilliant! Sad you had to do this much work, but I guess someone needs to tell King Song how to do it right

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S18 Pedals Conversion to 4mm Screw-In Pins (The Ultimate upgrade from grip tape)

 

Edited on: 13/04/2021

Just made a change to the OneUp pedal pins by reversing them for the more aggressive "Hex" side up!  Another huge change in grip, without risk to the soles of your footwear or being unable to bail if required!

I think I much prefer the pedals with the pins screwed in this way around, especially when riding off road...…it's definitely a keeper!

Pedal pins change

 

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I've just put some "Vicious" grip tape on my S18. I have this on all my wheels and it is pretty good for me. Spikes look like they would be amazing, but I haven't had a need for them yet.

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Loving the feel of the OneUp pedal pin upgrade to my S18 pedals, especially since swapping the pins around to the more aggressive grip option! (as shown in the above post) 

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Hey fbhb, I've been following this post and many other of the S18 posts on these boards, and finally decided to make an account.  I'm in the process of swapping out my tire for a Japanese-made IRC TR-1 in 2.75-14, and had a few questions.

I'm reusing the stock tire tube, would that be an issue since the tube is for 3x18"?  I'm also curious about the process of shimming the axle, this the part that I'm really worried about screwing up.  The official kingsong tire tube video doesn't exactly go over that point in any detail (It pretty much just says "tighten the motor side axle clamp to 80%, flip and clamp the other side down, flip back to finish the other side, and then made adjustments..."), and yet it seems to be so crucial to the balance of the wheel and ensuring that the sliders aren't binding.

Prior to ordering my tire, I crashed my S18 going about 28mph... busted up some of the plastic paneling, bent and lost some screws in the carnage.  I was able to order replacement shells, but you wouldn't happen to have a list of the shell's fastener sizes handy?  I definitely want to replace them, too.

Thanks much!

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@Kagenin All the information you have asked about can be found in my original post, including the list of fasteners and where they actually fit and some further detail regarding aligning/shimming the wheel.  Hope that helps you find the info that you need, but post back here if you need to ask anything further and I'll try to help you out.

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Ah, so you did, I'm just blind.  Many thanks for that, guess I have a shopping list for the hardware store.

Just finished up with the tire swap, I think I have the shims in right.  After getting it all put together, my first test was to just pick it up and carefully let it free-spin in my hands.  Didn't seem to wobble, so I took it around for a test lap, and things seem really smooth.  The tire looks pretty well centered in the fender, no lean to one side that I can tell.

At this point the only thing I'm questioning is whether or not the bead is properly set, but I might take it to a local motorsport shop in the morning and see if one of their tire techs can give my work a once-over.

Thanks for all the information you've already provided here, it's been a huge help.

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So in my crash, I lost some of the screws that attach the inner shell to the rear battery packs, the three of them on each side under the rear cover.  Lost half of them, actually.

I don't see these in the listing, and the m3s and m5s don't seem to fit... Are they m4?

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3 hours ago, Kagenin said:

I don't see these in the listing, and the m3s and m5s don't seem to fit... Are they m4?

Those screws were specific to that fixing point and had a flanged head IIRC, so I was unable replace them with a stainless equivalent.  If memory serves me correctly though, they will be a 3mm thread (as per All the other battery mount holes) so if 3mm now seems too loose there is a good chance they got stripped during your crash!

You have to remember the battery housing's are aluminium, so it's soft enough to strip very easily and you may well have to re-thread the holes the next size up at 4m if the thickness in that area allows.  The other option is to use a longer 3mm machine screw and put a nut on the back side, but beware of the lack of clearance to enable doing this easily. 

I myself found one of those same screws had already stripped out during my re-build and just about managed to sneak a nut onto a longer machine screw to solve the issue.

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I just went out for some M4 screws anyway, and yeah, they're too big to go through the shell.  When I tried using one of the old M3x8 screws off the body, it fit through the hole, but failed to thread, so yeah, the threads are likely just plain shorn.  I found a couple screws from elsewhere off the body - no clue where! - that seem to be just slightly bigger than an M3 but still otherwise fit, so that's keeping those together for now 

Looks like one more trip to the hardware store for some size M3x10 or 12 and a few nuts.  The last thing I want is for those battery packs to be flopping loose.  I think I can get creative and find a solution to sneak the nut in that tight space (heyoo!).

As a side note, I swapped out the twelve M3x8s on the front and rear edges of the pedal hangers with some stainless (actually, reusing the M3x8s I'd bought for the rear battery/shell fastening... and buying more to finish the set...).  Since I take it off-road a lot, I thought that elevating the pedals while I was swapping those out anyway might be interesting to try for that extra ground clearance.  Man, what a difference that CM or so makes.  Felt much more squirrelly, much less stable, getting speed wobbles when I hadn't really felt them much at all with the new tire.  Might give it one more session but I'm leaning towards going back down.

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On 4/19/2021 at 1:11 AM, Kagenin said:

Just finished up with the tire swap

How does it perform onroad and offroad?  Do you have photos/videos of it on your S18?

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I don't have any videos of myself yet on it, but here are at least two youtubers sporting the IRC TR-1 in 2.75-14 on their S18.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwyv4kBOPCgGafEz0Q6xcUg This guy is in Japan, but has English subs on all his vids.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ZXwihNHKtC2WDq1adHLeg This guy is in NorCal like me.

EDIT:  I just noticed how similar it looks to the Kenda K262.  Makes me wonder if Kenda is buying them from IRC to re-brand (or the other way around).

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Thank you @fbhb for this post! I finally got the time to fit the CST 6004 on to my S18 and you weren’t kidding about the level of accuracy it takes to get it to fit lol! It took about 4 tries getting the beads properly seated and tire inflated and about 3 tries to get correct shim placement on the axel to get the wheel centered. But let me tell you it was worth it!!! The wheel feels so planted and stable. Thank you again for all of your work on this post! 
 

https://flic.kr/p/2m5ngNr

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6 hours ago, phillybinchi said:

But let me tell you it was worth it!!! The wheel feels so planted and stable

Obviously I already know how you now feel about this tire on the S18, as I think the wheel behaves so well in pretty much every situation imaginable with the CST 6004 fitted. Stability, nimbleness, precision cornering, grip, wear resistance - the list goes on and you will definitely get to experience the S18's handling at it's best as you get more and more accustomed to it.

As you acknowledged, it does take some work and precision to get it centred and running without rubbing, but the pay off is truly remarkable!  So glad you put in the extra effort, you'll really be enjoying the S18 so much more from now on!

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