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Unread 04-30-2017, 06:37 AM   #1
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Default Which is the best model to rebuild?

Sorry if this has been covered before but I can't find it.

If you wanted to start from scratch with a ground-up rebuild of an electric club car which is the best model to look for?

This covers things like:
  • a cheap initial price (therefore probably an older cart)
  • type of drive train
  • availability of parts
  • upgrade ability (i.e. the ability to customise)

Is it better to find a cheap old cart to just use the frame and put in new motor, controllers etc or is it usually better to get a runner which doesn't need such a complete rebuild?

I know these are questions that really can't be answered because they depend on the conditions of individual carts but, hypothetically, if you wanted to buy a cart to rebuild what model would you start with and why?
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Unread 04-30-2017, 07:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Which is the best model to rebuild?

i like the 2000+ 48v Club Car DS for ease of upgrades
you can do anything from mild to wild
cost is really up to to your location (Australia)

i looked
2003 CLUB CAR DS - 48 Volt AU $3,990.00
and a lift/ tire combo i would buy is AU $1,270.24
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Unread 04-30-2017, 07:55 AM   #3
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Default Re: Which is the best model to rebuild?

I like 2002 and newer DS carts or Precedents with 6 batteries. I have now owned both, for off-road use I would stick with DS, without a doubt has a more solid frame.
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Unread 04-30-2017, 10:16 AM   #4
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The first few years when the DS changed to 48v were good solid carts with a straight series system that could be built for speed or torque depending on your end needs. For me speed was what I wanted...upgraded cables, H.D. Trojan batteries, high speed rear-end gears and I got over 25mph without changing controllers or motor.😎
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Default Re: Which is the best model to rebuild?

you can go back to an 86 DS if you plan to upgrade the whole drive system. 86+ has the good steering and a strong Kawasaki rear diff. Also those years had a solid fiberglass body, [not sure what year they went to plastic], that is easily repaired or modified, and takes paint well.
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you can go back to an 86 ds if you plan to upgrade the whole drive system. 86+ has the good steering and a strong kawasaki rear diff. Also those years had a solid fiberglass body, [not sure what year they went to plastic], that is easily repaired or modified, and takes paint well.
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Unread 04-30-2017, 05:19 PM   #7
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Default Re: Which is the best model to rebuild?

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you can go back to an 86 DS if you plan to upgrade the whole drive system. 86+ has the good steering and a strong Kawasaki rear diff. Also those years had a solid fiberglass body, [not sure what year they went to plastic], that is easily repaired or modified, and takes paint well.
That's the sort of info that I am looking for.

Thanks to everyone for the replies so far.
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Unread 04-30-2017, 10:52 PM   #8
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[not sure what year they went to plastic]
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