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Unread 11-05-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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got some of the parts already. finally found a rearend
with reverse. trying to decide what engine. thinking
about the lifcan 420cc. cart is a 1985 ezgo with a two
stroke engine. it has been lifted and has oversize tires
on it already. wish me luck.
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Unread 11-08-2015, 10:25 AM   #2
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wish me luck.
Good luck!
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Unread 11-08-2015, 11:27 AM   #3
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hahaha thanks.
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Unread 11-08-2015, 12:59 PM   #4
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That Lifan engine should do nicely if you use a 780 clutch. If you use the stock clutch it will perform smoothly but you'll be leaving some power on the table. Stock clutches are meant for golf courses, so keep that in mind.

Take lots of pics!!!
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Unread 11-08-2015, 03:16 PM   #5
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I am planning on using the 780 clutch.
I will take lots of pics once I get all the
parts here.
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Unread 11-08-2015, 03:23 PM   #6
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Sounds like fun! There are some cheap parts you can put on the engine before you install it, if you are looking for more go power. For example you need to pull the flywheel to get the advance key in and hard to do in a cart usually, same for governor removal.
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Unread 11-08-2015, 03:56 PM   #7
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since I am converting from a two stroke, will
I need to buy both clutches.
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Unread 11-08-2015, 04:47 PM   #8
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Some use the secondary, I don't know if the ezgo is different.
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Unread 11-11-2015, 07:44 AM   #9
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You can use the stock secondary. It's like the Yamaha G1 two stroke, it's designed to engage forward and backward. But if you only use it forward that would be fine. Make sure to use a brand new belt. Check the operation of the clutch, might be worth disassembling and inspecting since it will be off the cart anyway. Look at the sheaves, if there is any "dishing" on the surface it might need machined or replaced.
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Unread 11-11-2015, 10:07 AM   #10
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thanks for that info. still gathering
parts. should start the build soon.
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