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Unread 03-13-2009, 10:12 AM   #11
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5 yr old batteries could be at the end of their life...... depending on how they were maintained. Only a hydrometer could tell for sure....nice CC But I would ask for a discount on the cart as batteries ($650) are in it's near future
When you get new batteries go to 48v and the old motor will zip you along at 18mph or so.
I can certainly see that the batteries are close to the end of their lifespan, the advice for a discount is heeded and will be mentioned.
Being a newbie to golf carts, are you saying that I can simply change the 6x6v (36v) batteries to 6x8v (48v) without doing anything else?
Other than having to find a new 48v charger, are the drive motors the same from 36v to 48v or does this just overdrive a 36v motor and decrease it's life somewhat?
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Unread 03-13-2009, 10:20 AM   #12
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The conversion is more involved than that but with some research here it is quite do-able and the old 36 volt motors seem to handle the increased voltage just fine....
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Unread 03-13-2009, 10:34 AM   #13
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Well, the cart owner got back to me with the info on the cart, here's what he said:
The cart is a 1991.

Is this cart too old to bring to modern GC standards?
Is $1200 still a good price given it's age and the 5 year old batteries?
How fast can I expect this 36v model to go?
Is this model OK or should I find something newer for a few more bucks oe even buy an E-Z-Go instead?
Looking on CraigsList you could find a 2005 CC Precedent with newer batteries for $2,200. If it's set at the factory Speed Code 3 you'll be doing around 19+MPH stock with no work or expense. Plop in a PlumQuick 48 IQ motor for $300 and you'll be doing around 24+MPH.
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Unread 03-13-2009, 11:45 AM   #14
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Looking on CraigsList you could find a 2005 CC Precedent with newer batteries for $2,200. If it's set at the factory Speed Code 3 you'll be doing around 19+MPH stock with no work or expense. Plop in a PlumQuick 48 IQ motor for $300 and you'll be doing around 24+MPH.
That's kind of what I'm asking here is that you can do quite a bit to a cart that cost $1200 but after is all said and done, is it wiser to spend the $2200 and get a newer machine, newer technology etc?
$1000 is a lot of spread in pricing. I realize it's a 1991 machine vs a 2005 which is 14 years difference. Can you make a silk purse out of a sow's ear or should a guy just spend the bucks up front and have a cart that will live a lot longer?
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Unread 03-13-2009, 11:49 AM   #15
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Can you make a silk purse out of a sow's ear or should a guy just spend the bucks up front and have a cart that will live a lot longer?
You would be amazed as to what I can do with an ear...
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Unread 03-13-2009, 11:59 AM   #16
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You would be amazed as to what I can do with an ear...
Just kidding about silk purses and ears here of course, it's just an old expression.
Is there really that big of a difference between 1991 and 2005 that justifies $1000 difference? I understand the 05 has a 48v system, what other kinds of differences are there besides age?
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You first stated that you'll be using this in Golf Cart community and need to add lights, brake lights and seat belts and keep your budget to $2,000. My friend and I had an older, 81 CC that had all that except for the seat belts but also had dash fans, folding rear seat rain covers and 6 month old Costco bought batteries and sold the cart on Craigslist for $1,600, turn key. In other words there will be deals out their and some of those deals might be in the community you're about to move into. Have you checked with anyone that wants to upgrade their current cart? Just a thought...
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i would imagine the availability of parts would be way better for an 05...
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Unread 03-13-2009, 12:17 PM   #19
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You first stated that you'll be using this in Golf Cart community and need to add lights, brake lights and seat belts and keep your budget to $2,000. My friend and I had an older, 81 CC that had all that except for the seat belts but also had dash fans, folding rear seat rain covers and 6 month old Costco bought batteries and sold the cart on Craigslist for $1,600, turn key. In other words there will be deals out their and some of those deals might be in the community you're about to move into. Have you checked with anyone that wants to upgrade their current cart? Just a thought...
That's exactly what I think I'm looking for. I have not moved there yet, Mar 28 is move day. My plan was to peruse the bulletin board in the community when I get there. Apparently, after talking to the EZGo mechanic that services that area, when available, a cart goes on the board and is snapped up almost immediately.
Maybe I should wait a little until I'm settled and then get real about trying to get something in my budget range.
It's places like BGW that I learn from all of the members' experience so that I don't make too many mistakes when I get a cart.
So far, thanks to all for the education, keep it coming, I'm all ears.
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