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Working on a 1989 Classic Mini EV Conversion

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Hello Everyone,

Starting work on my 1989 Mini. Thinking of keeping the original gearbox and mounting a Hyper9 motor directly on top of it. Using SilentSync sprockets and belt as a drive system. Have something similar to ´s conversion in mind. But interested in using the Hyper9 9 and some Tesla modules from the get go.

Also considering the EV Europe system:

I have no advance knowledge in EV conversions so I want to keep everything as simple as possible for this one.

Interested in getting some feedback from you guys who are the experts. Let me know your thoughts.

Am I in the right path or is this combo I have in mind a not so good Idea.

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I have converted a 77 moke and successfully kept the original transmission. It works but it was a pain to do and the gearbox is noisy and I'm always worried I'm going to destroy the 40 year old Leyland gearbox /driveshafts with the new power.
If I was to do it again I would look to drop in an imiev running gear or maybe fit a rwd cars diff to the front and belt/chain drive it with the motor sitting on top of the diff.
Build thread is here

Look at page 3 for the info on my coupler.

I used the original drop gears but my method probably won't help you* as I squeezed the motor in where the clutch used to live on the end of the old ICE and it only just fit in there by a few millimetres and the moke (apparently) has more room in the engine bay compared to a mini

*Edit - just noticed the person asking for the link wasn't the OP, so maybe it is relevant and may help.
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