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Unread 10-18-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default Upgrade motor or change gear ratio?

I have a Ď96 Club Car DS lifted with 22Ē tires. The motor is a GE with a good blend of speed and torque. Max RPM is 4150. Iíve upgraded the MC to an Alltrax and have HD F/R and solenoid and 2 ga wires. My question is, to increase my speed from the 22mph Iím currently getting to the 25-30 mph that Iím looking for, what is the best route to take? I live in Fl so no major hills but we have some gradual ones in our neighborhood so I donít want to lose a ton of torque. Iím looking at either a plum quick Bandit upgrade or changing from a 12:1 to an 8:1 gear ratio. I was originally looking at the Rattlesnake II motor, but Hurricane Irma changed the budget.

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Unread 10-18-2017, 12:28 PM   #2
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Hey Scott- check out the details of my CC in my signature. With stock gearing I was doing wheelies and laying down 11's in reverse. Top speed was pretty slow...I don't remember but likely around 15-18mph +/-?? After installing the 6:1 I can get 31mph. I pull a trailer with my cart and have had it loaded with pavers and the cart had no problem pulling it around the yard. The solenoid took a dump but now that I have a super duty reversing contactor it's all good. There are a few bridges I go over and the cart will lose about 5-8mph going up the bridge. The torque is plenty for my cart and you aren't even going to 6:1... but I don't know how our motors compare.
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Unread 10-18-2017, 12:41 PM   #3
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Default Re: Upgrade motor or change gear ratio?

Scott: If you are going to change gear ratios, consider the 10.3 gears that are in the Club Car Villager LSV. You can contact David Hicks 706-836-7210 at Revolution Golf Cars for information on part numbers and availability on the gear set.

I knew that I would have to do a complete rebuild to change gears and bearings, so I chose to spend a few extra bucks and purchase a complete 'brand new' 10.3:1 transaxle thru David that never had fluid installed. See my Avatar info as well. I didn't give up as much torque as I would have with 8:1 gears which is all you will find in the aftermarket along with the 6:1.
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Unread 10-18-2017, 12:52 PM   #4
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Thanks Extractor! Your setup is very similar to mine. I need to put a pic up and my specs. I have an Allsport 6” A-Arm lift kit instead of the LT. I’ve got a heavy hitch that I tow a small trailer with but nothing as heavy as you. My motor doesn’t have the torque you have but I have more speed. Sounds like your set up is solid.
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Unread 10-18-2017, 12:54 PM   #5
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Scott: If you are going to change gear ratios, consider the 10.3 gears that are in the Club Car Villager LSV. You can contact David Hicks 706-836-7210 at Revolution Golf Cars for information on part numbers and availability on the gear set.

I knew that I would have to do a complete rebuild to change gears and bearings, so I chose to spend a few extra bucks and purchase a complete 'brand new' 10.3:1 transaxle thru David that never had fluid installed. See my Avatar info as well. I didn't give up as much torque as I would have with 8:1 gears which is all you will find in the aftermarket along with the 6:1.
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Thanks! David is my go-to guru and where I get my parts. I didnít see gears on his website. Iíll give him a call now.
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Unread 10-18-2017, 03:04 PM   #6
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I was originally looking at the Rattlesnake II motor, but Hurricane Irma changed the budget.

Thanks all.
Wait and keep saving for the RS II
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Unread 10-18-2017, 10:58 PM   #7
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Nice talking to you today. I don't recommend higher gears with oversized tires. Gary's cart is a little different. It's not lifted and it has regular sized tires on it, which is approximately the equivalent as your cart with stock gears and 22 or 23" tires on it.
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Unread 10-19-2017, 02:23 PM   #8
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Nice talking to you today. I don't recommend higher gears with oversized tires. Gary's cart is a little different. It's not lifted and it has regular sized tires on it, which is approximately the equivalent as your cart with stock gears and 22 or 23" tires on it.
Thanks David. I am working with Robby at PQ and I think weíve got a solution tht will work at least until Iím ready for the RS II.
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