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Unread 05-13-2019, 02:33 PM   #11
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i wish i understood this diagram more (mainly because im a putz).. id love to do this on mine
the diagram is the wiring of your golf with a extra solenoid added and where and how to run the extra wiring (in color).
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Unread 05-13-2019, 04:10 PM   #12
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the diagram is the wiring of your golf with a extra solenoid added and where and how to run the extra wiring (in color).
you know i looked at it briefly earlier.. and just realized that i have a controller on mine and not the resistor type

so it dosnt apply lol my bad
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Unread 05-14-2019, 11:15 AM   #13
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For the record, I have 3 vintage carts that I go more voltage with: a 50s era 24v Worthington that I run on 36v as it was simply too slow. It would do 8-9 mph on a flat but only 2-3 mph on even a slight slope. It runs fine on 36v and has been that way for a couple of years with no problem. I also run a 60s era 36v Cushman on 48v for similar reasons (those steel carts are very heavy even w/o batteries). That one has been that way for about 5 years no problem. Lastly, I have a 91 EZGo shuttle that I converted from 36v to 48v with a Scotty kit. I left the motor 36v though. All run great (knocking on wood).

Really, I have very little concern with the resistors. Worse case scenario is that, should one melt down, I would just grab a beefier one and replace it. They are still widely available and not overly expensive. That said, I initially had some concerns with the motors not being able to handle the extra load. When I first increased the V on each cart I took care to constantly check motor state via heat and smell. They have been fine, though. Again knocking on wood.
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

Good to know. Iím nearing the point of needing new batteries, 3 read 4.xV 12 hours after charge, and may just go for the 6x8 setup.


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Reviving this thread. I have a 85 DS with the 5 solenoids. When converting to 48v do I have to change all 5 solenoids to 48v solenoids or can they stay as 36v solenoids?
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Unread 08-13-2019, 10:28 AM   #16
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I have (6) 8V batteries coming in at the end of the week and I am going to do this modification to my 1989 CC DS. I have a few questions though, if you guys could help.
1. I assume I should put in a 48V Solenoid, but which one? I assume a 48V 4 terminal Universal, but I figured I should ask before dropping $70. I can fab a bracket to make anything fit.
2. Should I switch out my existing 36V solenoid for a 48V version?
3. What's the conventional wisdom on wire size? Do I need to upsize going from 36 to 48?

My goal is to make a solid cart on a low budget. I already built my own Z Bar lift, steering extension and rear axle flip. Getting it rolling under its own power is the next step.
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