2017 Raleigh Kodiak 1 full suspension 27.5 plus bike with 750w TSDZ2 mid drive and rear rack dog carrier

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Hi, I figured I would make this thread in case anyone is interested in converting a Raleigh Kodiak 27.5 plus bike to mid drive. These bikes were apparently discontinued by Raleigh and can be bought fairly cheap if you can find one. It has a 73mm bb and the tsdz2 fits well. With the 42 tooth chain ring there is no need to resize the chain either. There is no place to mount the torque arm so I used a large heavy duty zip tie and so far it is working fine. So far I am into this project about $1000 including the new bike, motor, rack, and a mini 2ah battery and charger.

The motor does not like the 14s battery though and I can only charge it to a maximum of about 55.6v for it to work with my motor. We plan on upgrading the battery after we move anyway. The current battery is an ego 56v 2ah power tool battery and I added wires for the motor connection and it is stored in a handlebar mounted bag. There is not a lot of room inside the frame (size large) for a battery on this bike but a thin 12ah battery might be able to fit.

The rear rack is an M-Wave One-for-all rack and it is mounted to the frame using a pair of plastic bimini top mounts I had lying around. I had to purchase a pair of salsa extended rack stays for the front and they are currently mounted with custom made brackets. The rear aluminum adjustable rack mounts ended up bending after only 100 miles so I replaced them with some steel mounts I made from a pair of drawer sliders I had lying around. The rack appears to be capable of carrying about 50lbs of cargo.

Cecil's box is a motorcycle carrier I had already built and it was modified to be lighter, and it has a set of Scooter Logic insulated (cooler) saddle bags mounted to the side. His box with the saddle bags weighs about 10 lbs so I eventually plan on upgrading it to something lighter, but it is very strong and designed to withstand a fairly substantial impact.

I plan on installing a few more upgrades in the future including headlight(s), taillight, possible turn signals/flashing hazard lights, mirror, comfortable cruiser seat, lower gearing and a wider rear gear ratio, etc.

The bike rides nice and I really like the wide tires and the hydraulic brakes.

I took a few pictures, but it is a work in progress:

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