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Unread 11-02-2015, 09:38 PM   #1
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Hi, new member for South New Jersey looking to buy my first cart. Looking to buy my first cart and I am on a very low budget. Looking for one to use while I am at the campground during the summer. Here is my question I would like some opinions on. Found a guy selling a 2006 Club Car DS. Looks pretty clean, was used at a campground, has light kit, no windshield, no rear seat and is all stock. Told me the batteries are not new and there in one of the 4(12v) that are bad. After speaking with a few local places they said it is not worth replacing 1, but to replace all 4. My question is. Is it a good deal? The lowest he will go is $850 for the cart, called a local place that sells US Batteries for $146 a piece. With tax 4 batteries would be $625. Thank you for any information and opinions.

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Unread 11-03-2015, 06:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good deal to me. $1475 and you'll have a clean stock cart with new batteries. Then you can add what you want as funds become available.
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Unread 11-03-2015, 06:46 AM   #3
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for that money look around some , their a a few dealers that have nice used carts for about the same money with new batteries, the problem with buying a cart that needs batteries is you have no idea if thats all it needs , it could have a toasted controller or rough motor. its just to risky for me , i buy a cart and then sink 650 in batteries and find out i have to spend another 500 for a controller and then your 2000 into a 1200 dollar cart
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Unread 11-03-2015, 08:44 AM   #4
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Pretty much every cart that will get a lift kit and big tires needs a controller, F&R, & cable set upgrade, sooner or later. The ones you find at the dealers are not going to have the good electronic upgrades, that's well documented. If the cart runs at all forward and reverse I would buy it and sink funds into new batteries. It's a deal.
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Unread 11-03-2015, 09:29 AM   #5
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Plans next spring, when I make more money very seasonal area I live in, the plan would be lift kit, tires, back seat ect.
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Unread 11-03-2015, 10:27 AM   #6
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That was going to be another question. If I do decide to buy it I want to do rear seat, 6" lift with w3" tires. What upgrades do you guys recommend along with that?
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Unread 11-03-2015, 10:47 AM   #7
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The answer depends upon what you want to do with the cart and where. Not all upgrades are the same. Some of the information needed to answer will be in the answers to the questions below.

What size tires are on the cart?
How many people ride on the cart?
Cargo Box or trailer?
Is the electrical system 36 or 48 volts?
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What top speed is desired?
Is the used on or off the road?
Is the terrain hilly? If yes, steep or mild hills?
Is the footing sandy or muddy?
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Unread 11-03-2015, 10:55 AM   #8
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Mostly used at a large campground. Stock tires now was looking to do 23" tires on 12" or 14" wheels, wanted to do a 2 person rear seat. Most or the time would probably be 2 to 3 adults sometimes 4. It is a 48v system, top speed prob high teens. The terrain is not hilly, I'm at the shore lol. There are 1 or 2 paved streets mostly dirt and packed sand roads with a lot of back woods trails. Otherwise looking to pull or tow anything, just for joy riding.
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Unread 11-03-2015, 11:18 AM   #9
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That is a deal on a cart and I'd buy it in a second. The battery cores alone in that cart are worth near $150, assuming it comes with a charger then thats worth another $250-$300. The IQ drive system in the Club Cars responds well to the mods you want to do, and given that you are in a flat area it should handle all your needs if it is IQ.
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Unread 11-03-2015, 11:20 AM   #10
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23" tires are over 20% taller than stock & will reduce torque by an equal 20%. Rear seat & 2 additional adult riders adds 500 lbs or a 33% increase in weight.

For a basic upgrade I would suggest a 400a for the IQ system.
That is just 30% over stock and as you see above most of the increase in torque would be consumed by taller tires and load increase. But you would see an improvement on hills & in top speed.

I suggest 500a for series drive for 2 reasons.
1. The motor gets full access to the battery pack when you press the gas all the way down. This allows the motor to produce all it can at wide open throttle.
2. Aftermarket motors require 500a for the same reasons listed above. Nothing worse than finding you need to replace a good control to upgrade the motor later down the road.
I hope this helps.

400a will work for the stock motor if it is a Sepex IQ drive system
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