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Old 02-02-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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Just finished my Duramax install. Really surprised how straight forward it was. I retained as much original stuff as possible to reduce cost. Uses the stock clutch with a CPP adapter. The engine still starts from the gas pedal and uses the stock muffler. The only mod to the engine was the removal of the governor and the install of a brass barb in its place to connect the fuel pump. The Duramax air filter would not fit since the Club Car control box was in the way so I made an adapter out of an electrical LB style connector and it works great with a foam air cleaner. Basically all of the aluminum I had laying around so no cost there. The engine stand has an angle to it so that when the engine is installed it sits level. I paid $287 for the engine shipped to my door. The clutch adapter was about $50 shipped. The air cleaner was $20 shipped. I made the exhaust pipe from 1 1/4 electrical EMT conduit. It runs great so far. Thanks to all who have posted pictures and shared ideas. It really made my conversion a lot easier.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:32 AM   #2
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Nice work!!!

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Old 02-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #3
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Nicely done. Love the fact that you retained the factory starter/generator in it.

So hows it perform? Any idea how much it improved acceleration or top speed yet?
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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Looks very well thought out. Keep an eye on the aluminum brackets for cracks.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:19 PM   #5
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It runs strong! A lot better than the old KF82. I really haven't pushed it yet since I want to break it in first. But I can tell you there is no comparison between the new motor and the old motor. The aluminum is a 6061 T6 alloy. Its great stuff. Both strong and weldable. I've used the same grade to fabricate motor mount plates in super gas race cars that hit hard and never had a problem. The mounting system still retains the original rubber isolators and the rubber snubber up front so there really is not a lot of shock on the mounts. I have a lot of confidence in all of the brackets but will keep everyone posted if there are any problems.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:48 PM   #6
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How much to make me the brackets for the starte gen setup or even it all so I can put my clone in my cart?
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #7
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Black Death I've got to decline. My cart is rolling again. I didn't make any drawings so I would have to disassemble everything to get dimensions. This project already took 2 weekends away from my real winter project. I'm doing a frame off rotisserie restoration on a 65 GTO. Really its not to hard to do yourself. I welded some on my brackets but you could also bolt them together if you can't weld aluminum. Really you can make the same parts from mild steel if you don't have access to aluminum. There is no specialized milling or lathe machining required. Everything was done using saw cuts.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:02 PM   #8
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No problem, i can weld steel, not aluminum.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:05 PM   #9
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nice job do you have a lot more power
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:47 PM   #10
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Bifferd it runs really good compared to the kf82 smoke bomb that was in it before. It really pulls like a big block in a car. You can be rolling along and push the pedal down and it growls and pulls. Kind of cool! I really haven't held it down too long since it only has about 5 miles on it. I suspect it will top out around 30mph since I've done nothing to increase rpm but put taller tires on it. But I promise it will get there a lot quicker than any original type engine. The only engine mods are a good non-restrictive air filter/intake and the removal of the governor. The exhaust is really free flowing right up to the muffler since I built the header out of 1 1/4 pipe. The muffler drops back to a 1" inlet and an even smaller outlet . Its a stock Club Car muffler. I like it though since its quiet. I'm pretty sure if I cut the outlet pipe off and welded on a larger one it would flow better but then I would probably have to rejet the carb. To be honest with you it runs plenty good as is. Someday if I get bored and have time I will play around.
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