Thanks for this, but all that was done ad infinitum before I ever found this forum. My Lidar tower is now totally disassembled waiting for new parts. The motor was shot, so I have a new Jameco unit. The slip ring that supplies the signals and power to the laser itself was totally fried. It felt like a ratchet, so I have ordered a new unit from the factory in Hong Kong that made them. Since Neato won't carry them, I went to the source. I was surprised nobody here seemed to have ever messed with one of these.
Succeed or fail, I will post my results here. This forum seems like a pretty good record of things people have done to these things.