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Unread 04-29-2015, 07:27 PM   #1
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I've been reading for a couple weeks but this is my first post.

I recently purchased 2002 Club Car DS with the serial number AA0240 all stock.

With that serial number I think I have a non IQ model?

I live on a golf course so lots of hills. I get 12-14mph on flat ground but it barely makes it up hills.

I have tested the batteries with a voltmeter and each one gives a good reading - previous owner said they were two years old.(I don't see a date code anywhere on the batteries)

For this model I don't believe speedylink or motor magnets will help me get any more speed/torque correct?

I was interested in possibly going with a plum quick bandit upgrade as a first step to get some immediate performance for this season. Is this a good idea? Do I need to purchase a whole new battery pack first?

Would I be better upgrading the controller before the motor or can I drop the motor in and see some changes now?

I just don't have the cash to do more than one thing this summer and i'd like to see a good return on my money!

Thanks for any and all help.

This is obviously addictive as I am already researching plasti dip, a backseat and new wheels!

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Unread 04-29-2015, 08:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: New cart owner with a few questions

You have a series cart, which isn't a bad thing at all, they are just a little tougher to get speed out of than the sepex carts. A bandit will certainly improve things, and for $225 you can't beat it. At two years old, your batteries should have a fair amount of life left, unless they were neglected. Pop the caps and make sure there is water covering the plates.
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Unread 04-29-2015, 10:35 PM   #3
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The real issue is you can't tell if the batteries are any good unless you can load them with battery load-tester OR follow the instructions the guys have developed that lets you monitor the batteries while going up a hill with your voltmeter attached to see how far the voltage drops drops. They can give the numbers to look for but it sounds like you have a battery issue to me...either not charging fully or one or two bad batteries....I have a series cart also and the best way to increase speed is high speed rear end gears. It's not cheep but it really works...but batteries have to be right regardless.
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For hill climbing - series carts also seem to benefit greatly if ALL the 6 gauge cables are upgraded (at least to 4 gauge - or 2 gauge if your serious about hills).
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Interesting. Thanks for the info guys!

So assuming the batteries are OK and I have a around $400 budget...

Would you suggest the Plum Quick Bandit and upgrading to 4 gauge wiring?

Then next purchase would be controller/selenoid?
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Interesting. Thanks for the info guys!

So assuming the batteries are OK and I have a around $400 budget...

Would you suggest the Plum Quick Bandit and upgrading to 4 gauge wiring?

Then next purchase would be controller/selenoid?
Sounds like you've got it right. The upgraded wiring will be there for the upgraded controller/solenoid in the future.
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Unread 06-15-2015, 12:36 PM   #7
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Sounds like you've got it right. The upgraded wiring will be there for the upgraded controller/solenoid in the future.
So just to clarify, the 4AWG battery cables are only necessary/beneficial when upgrading the controller & solenoid? Or would they be of any benefit with just a Bandit upgrade?
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Unread 06-15-2015, 01:18 PM   #8
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would they be of any benefit with just a Bandit upgrade?
Replacing the battery cables (ALL of the "big" cables incl. those which connect to the motor) will have a direct and immediate benefit. It doesn't matter which motor or controller or solenoid (when it comes to climbing hills). They carry more amps - which means more power up hills.
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Just a quick note...I have a 97 CC DS 48v series cart with a forward and reverse lever...I was running about 12mph before the new rear end gears and now I GPS'd the speed now at 23mph...standard controller, stock motor...everything else stock...I will say that the rear end gear change was a challenge for somebody my age but it's doable with the right tools and some planning.
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The gears will pretty much hurt hill climbing, though - unless you take a speed-run at them (or buy a specifically designed torque motor). It all depends what he wants the cart to do -
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