Grid Charger
Grid charger owners and location, as well as some service links for hybrid services
Grid charger code V3.0 manual
Understanding the charging and balancing process
Pack discharger
SOC reset device
Insight Battery pack lifter
Grid charger test adapters
Reprogramming the charger
Installing the Genesis One Universal grid charger in an Insight
Installing the Genesis One Universal grid charger in a First Gen Civic
Harness options
The Universal Grid Charger
MIMA Pack Whack and rebalancing the battery
Mikes Insight
EV Insight with a Prius heart
Grid charger Operating Instructions V1.2
Designing a PHEV system for the Civics, Insight 1 and 2 ------------Micro V-Buck PHEV
Doug's V-Boost
Randall's Insight
Paul's Adventures in alternative evergy
Western Washington University X-Prize car
Finding The Best Hybrid Mix
5th wheel part 2
Air cooled 5th wheel
Air springs arrive
No assist when warm
Attachment plate / Ripping the battery pack out .
Back to the 5th wheel
Back to the 5th wheel with some power in our pocket
Beefing up the rear suspension to handle the extra battery weight
Better wheel
IMA Battery Booster/Balencer/Charge controller.
Booster Battery progress
Booster pack test 1
Breaking away from the grid
Cleaning things up for the trek to Madison
DC/DC mounting and cooling
E-Wheel repair and inspection
Final 5th wheel
Finishing up the boost power supply
First full weight test
First power up of boost power supply
Got the exhaust finished
Holy Bat Dropings Robin it is an electric car
MIMA logo?
Air spring and EV wheel begin to take shape
More Prius batteries
New 5th wheel
One hour of electric priority
Portable charging system
Second boost test run
Some booster battery options
Starting to plan the trip to Madison
Test runs and 5th wheel
The Etek motor
The EV Wheel
The ideal battery for a 200 mile commute
Vboost +MIMA, a winning combo for the Insight
What is that orange tail on my Insight
E-wheel for any vehicle

Better wheel

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a stronger wheel

I drilled a 1" hole in the space between the seat back and the HV cable exit hole, that will allow airlines and EV control wires to be brought into the car. I assembled a quick air spring air supply with a regulator and gauge.Seven PSI fills the springs and provides a slight lift. I believe the air springs provided a noticeable quieting road noise, but the real test will come on the first run with a full compliment of batteries.
I went to a bike shop today looking for a better wheel, and a new chain. The sprocket attachment to the kid's bike wheel is a bit too weak to take the stress of accelerating the car (my intuition). The bike shop was no help, as the large sprockets are made for the crank, not the rear wheel, and the rear wheels were all to big in diameter. The 12 inch wheels are all cheaply made.
In the way home I passed a small garage that sells scooters, so I stopped in. The guy had some junkers in the back of the shop, and let me have the two wheels from an old french scooter. I was able to weld the large bike sprocket onto the brake plate of the scooter wheel. This is a wheel that is big enough for the job, the weak link being the welded sprocket, but it is still much stronger than the bike wheel. Now I need to make a new fork for the wider wheel.