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Jun 20, 2014, 02:33 PM
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g-buggy teardown

It was time to recycle the G-buggy. After 109 miles, with no replacement parts, nothing on it was considered useful.

It left behind a decent drive system with high torque & very little gear reduction. The torque was much higher than any replacement, making the replacements seem unlikely to work.

Very beefy motor with lots of power factor correction. They still have to invest in efficiency, even on the cheapest toys. Someone must have sat down with a voltmeter & current meter, connected various capacitors & inductors until the phases lined up.

The differential.

A miniaturized 3000 year old mechanism, more essential than proportional steering, proportional throttle, 2.4Ghz, or heading hold.

There were no showstopping signs of wear.

Basically, there are no spare parts in the apartment, suitable for a long term 7.5mph pace vehicle. All the parts are either for a really slow tiny tot toy or for a flying thing. The g-buggy powertrain could be hacked into a 3 wheeler, but the weight of the battery would probably destroy the steering wheel.
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