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Unread 03-27-2016, 10:41 AM   #11
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Lithium conversion is expensive. I would not recommend it as a way to save $$ even in the long run. However, the performance and weight savings is great. IMO there are no really good conversions out there yet though. All are some sort of compromise. I went with Leaf cells but they are not all that available since Nissan won't sell them. The ones that are available are salvaged from crashed Leafs.
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Unread 03-27-2016, 02:03 PM   #12
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Volt I know the lithium conversion is expensive. My comment was in response to costing that much to swap from 4 12s to 6 8s.
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Unread 03-27-2016, 02:23 PM   #13
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Lithium conversion is at least 2X more than converting from 4x12 to 6x8! Closer to 3X by the time you get a BMS.
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For 6 Trojan 160's and a new battery tray I priced it at $1260. My local shop wants $700 for labor, which is where I came up with the 2k. Way too much for labor, so this is going to be a DIY project. I'm pretty handy, so doing some research to figure out how to do lithium myself. I don't like to waste money, so all those 4k+ drop in packs are out, but 2-3k is not out of the question. I found 16 CALB 100Ah batteries for about $2400. The company that makes them is only about 45 minutes from my house, so I may check them out. Just started looking at BMS options and they look like $700+ and most importantly I do not understand how to correctly set them up yet (seems like a lot more reading). I have not tested my charger yet, but I think that is the root cause of all my 12v's dying at the same time, so a new charger is most likely in my future anyway.
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Unread 03-28-2016, 07:44 AM   #15
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$700 for labor? Ouch. Tray that I have seen bolts in and I don't think you have to remove the body to do it but would be much easier. Around $125-150 from ezgo.
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Unread 03-28-2016, 11:16 AM   #16
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Do it yourself! Replacing the battery tray is relatively easy and certainly not worth that much labor cost. Lithium conversion will run you more than 2X your cost anyway - and if you are not into do it yourself, it will be more.
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How did the Volt cells work out?
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