Yes it's my bad for coiling that wire. I didn't want to start cutting up the wires until I proved it all worked in case something had to go back to the manufacturer.
l will get that fixed asap.
The green device is a OBD2 Bluetooth reader, like what the mechanic
plugs in under your dash at the auto shop. The Thunderstruck Motors kit has the ability to use it if you buy what's called the CAN Translator from them with your kit. Then you go online and order from a variety of Bluetooth adaptors but they recommend the green Lynx LS I purchased from Amazon.ca.
I was quite nervous to turn the key but I followed the manual and it worked perfectly the first time.
The thrust is managed by a groove in the stub shaft they provide with a locking collar against one of the flange bearings on the 2-1 reduction plate. It has hubs for a cogged rubber drive belt from T-Struck.
I removed their shaft and chain coupler and had a machine shop redo my shaft to fit the flange bearings (2) on the reduction plate and cut in the groove for the locking collar which stops the shaft thrust. I did this because I wanted to get rid of the chain coupler which are inherently noisy as well as I needed to shorten the package so I could fit the 4 batts forward of the system where the diesel was. I believe that removing the extra shaft and chain coupler removed some friction and drag in the drive.
I built a new wall under the companionway
stairs with a door to allow for removing the batts forward into the cabin
as opposed to hauling them up out through the lazarette.
I am a happy owner of the 5Kw Thunderstruck kit and know two other friends that also installed the same kit without issue, although they just used it as it came without the mods and put the batts behind where the diesel tank was. I believe it's best to not hang additional weight at the stern. She sat her lines perfectly.
Just had another 2 days sailing (4 sails
so far) and have used it for another hour or two and have lots of volts left. I will charge the batts anyway with my Inverter Generator
on Wednesday when it's less crowded at the YC.
If you want to just go to Thunderstruck Motors online and click on the 5KW kit or possibly 10Kw for your bigger heavier boat. From there you can find the Bluetooth info under the Instrumentation tab and the Reduction plate has another tab to check out.