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Unread 03-12-2009, 04:02 PM   #1
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I'm moving to a golf cart friendly neighborhood and am shopping for a cart to start off with. My budget is up to $2K. I am wanting to look at one on Sunday and need some help.
The cart is here:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/rvs/1071537835.html
In order for me to run a cart like this is my new neighborhood I will have to add brake and signal lights and seatbelts to get the sticker.
Is this hard to do? I'm an electronic guy so wiring etc is no problem.
Are brake light switches, seat belts and turn signals expensive?
Is this cart something that would make a good starter cart?
What year did ClubCar change from 36 to 48 volts?
Do they all have aluminum frames?
How fast does a stock 36v cart go?
What else should I look for or ask?
Thanks in advance.
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Unread 03-12-2009, 04:12 PM   #2
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That seems like a good deal, the turn signals and brake lights are easy. There are kits out there that make it simple. Same with seat belts. Good luck.
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Unread 03-12-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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My suggestion would be to take someone with you that knows golf carts very well, especially CC. Since batteries can be one of your largest expenses you may want to ask the seller what brand of batteries are in the cart and how old they are as well and to make sure they are fully charged before you get there so you can test them. Most batteries are stamped or labeled as to their age and I would do research here: http://www.trojanbattery.com/Tech-Su...intenance.aspx to make sure you know what to look for.
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Unread 03-12-2009, 05:06 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice so far, I'm learning.
I'm pretty familiar with batteries as I have a yacht with no less than 10 batteries, most of which are GC batteries. I don't know anything about 36v-48v chargers, are they "smart chargers or will they boil the batteries?
At that price, I think I'm fully prepared to replace the battery pack but would use that for leverage on price.
Back to some of my original questions:
What year did ClubCar change from 36 to 48 volts?
Do they all have aluminum frames?
How fast does a stock 36v cart go?
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Unread 03-12-2009, 05:25 PM   #5
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What year did ClubCar change from 36 to 48 volts?
Do they all have aluminum frames?
How fast does a stock 36v cart go?

Not sure of when changes took place but others here sure know.
Yes they have aluminum frames.
I've heard others on this site state between 8-11 stock, maybe up to 13.

What year is the CC you're interested in? Do you know how to tell by the serial number?
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Unread 03-12-2009, 05:33 PM   #6
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I've sent an email to the owner asking for the SN.
I searched here and found how to tell what cart, year etc.
If these only go 11 mph how expensive is it to get them up to a reasonable speed like 15-18?
Do they need to be 48v?
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Unread 03-12-2009, 05:36 PM   #7
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all CC are aluminum
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Unread 03-12-2009, 09:05 PM   #8
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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.
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The batteries are: US2200, 225 Amp hours @ 20hr, 115 minutes @ 75 amps
Manufacture date of batteries is: 4-2004. So, it appears the batteries are almost 5 yrs old.
They have been properly charged and all fluid levels have been routinely checked. If low the batteries were filled only with distilled water
The battery charger is an ACCU-POWER, Solid State Fully Automatic Charger.
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?
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Unread 03-12-2009, 10:42 PM   #9
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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.
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Unread 03-13-2009, 09:27 AM   #10
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You better plan on new batteries as part of the cost. Also, Scotty gives great advice on going to 48 volt. While you are making that change get a set of #4 wire cables to replace the stock ones. (include motor cables also). Belts install on back support strut behind the seats.
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