Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Step 1, buy replacement parts from xootr

I am fully committed to getting my ex3 running now!

I just purchased the replacement parts that I will be needing to fix the handlebar clamp on my ex3

I bought the following:

1. Handle Clamp kit
2. Replacement Clamp Screws (just to have some extras)
3. And a replacement rear wheel , don't need to replace this yet, but thought I could not pass up on this deal. I can't believe they actually had this in stock, and for only $15! I would highly recommend that you go out and buy one as soon as you can, because they won't be around for ever, and you'll need to replace this eventually

All in all , my grand total was $41, not a bad deal at all!

Need to get my Ex3 back on the road again!

I have recently decided to start driving less, and start utilizing public transportation more, the only thing is that in order to take public transportation to work I have to drive about 2 miles to get to a BART station (The bay area's subway system), which means, I could drive to BART (not very efficient), walk there (healthy option, but this could get old quick), or..... EX3 there!

 I have decided that the most efficient way to get to BART would be to ride my Ex3 there, the ex3 is an amazing option because it's a quick way to get there, once I get to BART, the Ex3 folds up nicely and fits under the seat, you can't take Bikes on BART during commute hours because they take up too much space.

 The only thing is that my ex3 is in very bad shape right now, I haven't used the ex3 in probably 8 years, due to this fact. So here is the list of items I will need to fix on the ex3 to get it back on the road

1. Replace the batteries. I'm going to either try to rebuild the pack myself, or use one of the battery rebuilding services that are out there as I've mentioned in my previous post, I'm actually thinking about using a local shop like batteries plus , I'm leaning towards leaving this to the professionals, since you could really screw up your ex3 if you don't know what you're doing. On the other hand it would be a great learning experience to re-build the pack my self, and I'm sure I could get great advice from other ex3 owners in this regard.

 2. One of the Handle clamp screws sheared off in the lower handle assembly, I'm going to buy the handle clamp kit from xootr's website, and see if I could extract the broken neck clamp screw, but it's possible that I might have to buy a new lower handle assembly

3. I would like to replace some of the stripped out screws on the battery cover, and better way of securing the battery cover, and find a way to better seal the cover, so that dirt/water does not enter it as easily. Anyways, feel free to send your tips and suggestions as I start posting my progress Happy Xootring!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Ah, The wonderful sound of an EX3 still in action after all these years. Great Video NinjaJohn!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Battery Pack Rebuilds

You're xootr ex3 is no longer going as fast as it used to when you barely bought it, it's lost it will to live. It's dead right, time to chuck it? Nope the most likely culprit is the battery pack, like all rechargeable batteries they have a certain Charge/ decharge cycle life, so depending on the amount of miles you put on your ex3, you'll have to replace the battery packs every so often.

The battery packs consist of 21 batteries in arranged in 3 rows of 7 , I'm not really sure the specifics of the batteries themselves, but a couple of years ago I found a company that was able to rebuild the battery packs to it's original state. I don't remember exactly what company I used, but all I had to do was ship them the battery pack, and they were able to determine what kind of batteries where in the pack, and re-used some of the proprietary parts in the pack for voltage regulation, and rebuilt the battery pack back to to it's original state. The batteries they rebuilt the pack with even had a higher capacity, hence longer range, than the original pack. This procedure cost me about $140, which was about the same price that xootr used to sell the pack for.

I found another company that I'm sure would be able to complete this task (I think that this might actually even be the same company I used before)
Unfortunately Like I said on my previous post, I'm on a really tight budget right now, so I can't get my battery pack rebuilt right now, but this is one of the things that my xootr needs in order to get back on the road again, so I'll let you guys' know as soon as I start the process.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sorry haven't posted in a while

I'm getting married on October 11th 2008 to my beautiful girlfriend (now Fiance) of 7 years, Christa Compomizzo. We've been pretty busy getting ready for the wedding, and moved in together a couple of months ago, so there's been alot going on in my life to say the least.

Also a new thing that comes with marriage, is not being able to buy as many gadgets and toys as when you're a bachelor, so I've also had to put the rebuilding of my xootr on hold for right now. As soon as we settle in withing the next couple of months, I'll start the project up, and keep you up to date as to what's going on.

I haven't had any comments so I'm wondering if anyone is even reading this blog, so please drop me a line if you've happened to stumble on this blog. Also if anyone wants to contribute, please let me know and I could go ahead and create a login for you on this blog.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

How I found the ex3

I thought I should tell you how I found the xootr ex3. I believe it was sometime in 2000, I was in San Francisco with some friends, and we were looking for something to do, so we decided to rent some electric scooters down by fisherman's wharf. I don't know if the place is still there, but the place we rented the scooters was called blazing saddles, they were mostly a place were tourists could rent bikes to bike around San Fran, but they also had a fleet of Zappy Scooters. We rented some, and we had a blast! We rode around for a few hours all around downtown San Francisco. We ended up doing this again a few weeks later, I was hooked.

A couple of years later, I think it was 2003, I was having some car issues, since I had purchased a 1969 bmw 2002, and of course being an older car, was constantly having issues, which meant I had to walk a lot :) . I decided to find an alternative mode of transportation. I didn't want to spend a ton of money, needed something for my very short commute to work (about 1 mile) , and most importantly wanted it to be fun. I decided to get an electric scooter, I started doing some research on what kind to get, and at the time their weren't as many options as there are today, I decided to either go with a Zappy scooter, or something similar, then I stumbled upon the xootr ex3, I was instantly in love! I Don't remember if Nova Cruz had gone out of business yet, but you could still buy them new from various places, including xootr's website.

I decided to take my chances on finding a used one on craigslist or ebay, and after about 2 months of constantly checking craigslist and ebay, I ran across a craigslist posting for a xootr ex3, in great condition, for $250 ! I called the guy right away, and the next day I took the trip (on Bart) from Concord to Daly city. I met the guy at the bart station, he was living out of his camper that he had on his pickup, he let me take it for a spin (my first ride on a xootr ex3) , and was knew I could not leave without it! I was the proud new owner of a xootr EX3.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Tool for removing stripped or broken screws

I ran across an interesting infomercial this weekend for a tool that removes stripped or broken screws, and I don't know about you, but those long screws that screw the handlebar clamp to the handle bar assembly were always coming loose due to excessive vibration, and eventually one of them even broke off leaving the thread part of the screw, screwed in, but the head broke off (which has caused me to not be able to use my ex3). It seems that this tool would help extract the screw so I could replace it, I'm thinking about buying it I'll let you guys' know how this works. The name of the tool is grabit, and their website is, if it works.