L. David Roper
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ZAP Xebra PK review
arrival, insurance & registration
|Unless stated otherwise all miles driven are odometer miles. To get actual miles multiply by 0.86 according to a ZAP technician and my Garmin GPS.
|9 March 2007
My ZAP Xebra PK Xero left Santa Rosa CA.
15 March 2007
o A bit more peppy compared to my PK
o I like the acceleration curve on the Curtis better than the Alltrax.
o Brakes are a bit mushy. Need adjustment. May also need to be broken in. Will do brake relay jump tomorrow. I forgot how much I hate that.
o All lights and turn signals functional.
o Motor noise much less than my PK.
o Speedo seems to be accurate though it was not checked with a GPS. (Mine is way off.) Speedometer has a different look than mine. It is not as "cluttered" looking.
o First impression is that the vehicle is a bit "tighter" and "new feeling" than mine.
17 March 2007
19 March 2007
Just got your PK back from the Rhino Liner shop. It looks great! I am told that since your bed had no rust on it when it was lined, it will never rust on the bottom.
I just wanted to chime in on the oil plugs on some of the vehicles being impossible to get out. I had to drill Dave’s out as well and replace the plug.
1) I spoke to Richard at length today about your solar panel. He said when you get your mounting hardware, they will send you the connections and there will be no rewiring to do, just a plug in situation.
2) Richard confirmed that the speedometers seem to be dead on, but the odometer reads 14% high. He said he multiplies his range by .086 to get the accurate reading.
I got the Certificate of Origin, Sale Bill and Odometer Disclosure Statement for my new PK from Mark Higley (Midwest EV) today. (The vehicle is to leave
I then went to my local State Farm Insurance office and actuated insurance for the PK as of next Wednesday. The yearly cost is $206.94 . (Later correction: I got a refund; it is really $181.12: Bodily injury liability: $24.06; $50 deductible comprehensive: $23.22; $100 deductible collision: $64.45; Uninsured motorists coverage: $69.39.)
Then I went to the DMV and got it titled and registered with no hitch. The cost was $10 for the title and $27.50 per year for registration. I also added a special plate for $10 per year. I did not have to show any proof for the odometer reading or for the insurance; I just wrote in the reading and checked the box for insurance.
I chose SUNRPR for the license plate, since the xebra-ev poll and I both chose "Sun Roper" (Sunny for short; SUNNY was already taken.) as the name of my PK. (Dale Gunter is sending me a gold graphic of an Oklahoma, my home state, cowboy roping the Sun to put on both sides of my blue PK.)
To be perfectly legal driving the PK I must get a motorcycle learner's permit for 30 days and then take a motorcycle-skills driving test, which should e interesting. There are 4 exercises in the skills test:
I plan to take the
Took the written test for the
I received from Dale Gunter the Sun Roper gold graphic to put on each side of my blue PK behind the doors. See pictures below.
The brake job went great. Yours are way better than mine now.
Mark discovered today that one of the sealed Discover batteries is leaking gas (hissing). So the delivery will be delayed a few days while a new battery is sent to Mark. I guess I will have to start the battery conditioning over again.
How did the brake job go on my PK? (LDR):
They bled the brakes to remove any air (that was the mushy I was feeling) and they adjusted the emergency brake so it will hold the vehicle on a steep incline. I still highly suggest that you curb the vehicle when you park it on an incline since we don't have a transmission holding us. Yours holds a lot better than mine now though.
Will I have to start over conditioning the batteries? (LDR):
Yes, we will have to start over, but I will try to get as many stages in as I can before it comes to you. I will want to check the pack after a 5, 8 and 12 mile trips to see how they are charging. If I can get them all in I will. I can say that by the time your PK is ready to go, it will have been checked out thoroughly to say the least.
I have a top-notch bicycle cable lock to lock the bed down on my PK. Is there a natural way to do that, or do I need to drill a hole or two? (LDR):
I think you could find a way to chain it with a long bike chain through the handle in the side of the bed and through the frame.
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