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Unread 10-30-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy Oops.. I thought it was a 48...

Well, I've gone and done it...
I bought my first cart with the ideas of making the ultimate quite hunting buggy!
I read, studied, and still managed a major oversite!!!

Unfortunately, this is my first post on the forum. (Like others, I've read TONS!)

I'd trade the "welcomes to the site" talk for some helpful advice...

I bought a 2003 Club Car from a craigslist ad in exceptional condition. The biggest sales point of the ad was "New Batteries" bought and installed 04/09. WooHoo! The ad stated this was a 48 volt cart. I bought from an individual (and picked the cart up 200 miles away - er, because it was a GREAT DEAL).

To be honest, I don't think the guy purposely mis-lead me. The new batteries were Energizer GC2's... There are no "volt" sizes on the batteries. To be honest, I didn't even know 3 days later, until I was checking some stuff on my VIN #... Which starts w/ AB03... Which started my panic!!!

So now my "Ultimate Hunting Buggy" platform will be built on a 36volts system.

So my question...
I could sell the cart on craigslist and break even (because I got into it right), or I could continue to build my buggy with 36 volts instead of 48...

Are motors and controllers available in 36 volt? I see a few, but most speak in 48v terms of horsepower.
What are the advantages of 48 vs 36? Longer between charges? Power? Etc.. (and the differences)
Am I making too much of a big deal out of it? I know EZGo's are mostly 36volts...
What kinda money would it take to make this cart a legit 48 volt system? Charger change out, another set of new batteries...what else? $$$?

Any help would be appreciated.

BTW, I paid $2,000 for the cart w/ charger. I was so afraid (from reading posts) of getting a 4-12volt system, that when I found this (mock) 6-8volt set-up, I jumped on it!

Oops, my bad... I guess.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: Oops.. I thought it was a 48...

post your id # please and some pics of the batteries and battery bay area?
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Unread 10-31-2009, 12:14 AM   #3
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Unread 10-31-2009, 08:34 AM   #4
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Default Re: Oops.. I thought it was a 48...

That is the latest model resistor coil cart I have seen The serial # says she was built that way in 2003. Your best options for a hunting buggie build are convert it to 48v and solid state speed control OR sell it and buy a solid state cart...
Conversion costs will vary depending upon how resourceful you can be. Are you a bargain hunhter and are you going to get in there and bend and install your own potnetiometer mount and linkage ? There is no kit to buy ....

Which brings you to option #2 Maybe you can sell this and buy the right cart cheaper than you can convert this one ? Maybe again depending upon your level of involvement .... you will need:
A 48v battery pack
48v charger
48v 400 amp controller
48v 200a Solenoid
Potentiometer (PB-6)
Voltage converter for lights ( 48v to 12v)
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Unread 10-31-2009, 07:52 PM   #5
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That is the latest model resistor coil cart I have seen The serial # says she was built that way in 2003. Your best options for a hunting buggie build are convert it to 48v and solid state speed control OR sell it and buy a solid state cart...
Conversion costs will vary depending upon how resourceful you can be. Are you a bargain hunhter and are you going to get in there and bend and install your own potnetiometer mount and linkage ? There is no kit to buy ....

Which brings you to option #2 Maybe you can sell this and buy the right cart cheaper than you can convert this one ? Maybe again depending upon your level of involvement .... you will need:
A 48v battery pack = $500-600
48v charger = $300-400
48v 400 amp controller = $300-400
48v 200a Solenoid = $100
Potentiometer (PB-6) = $150-200
Voltage converter for lights ]( 48v to 12v) = $100
So 1500.00-$2000.00, hardly wort the effort
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Unread 10-31-2009, 08:48 PM   #6
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So 1500.00-$2000.00, hardly wort the effort
So ........ resell it and buy the correct one?
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Unread 11-01-2009, 12:14 AM   #7
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Thanks for all your help.

I've listed it on Craigslist and already got a buyer coming to take a look at it tomorrow.

(w/ potential to make enough profit to pay for the 6" Jake's tire/wheel combo that I ordered for it!)

Again, Thanks... I'll pay closer attention to the next one!..

Any quick suggestions?

BTW the Jake's lift hasn't arrived yet, but It's been ordered, so the 2003 I have has the silver dust caps... If the new cart I buy has the black dust cap, will I have to "add $$$ something" to make it work? Or does the dust cap color even matter w/ Jakes? (Does Jake's kits matter about the dust cap color?)

Jonathan.

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Unread 11-01-2009, 12:17 AM   #8
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also, Scotty B.. You mentioned that this was the latest model resistor coil cart I have seen. Then the smiley thumbs up... Is that good? Or Is solid state better... Which and Why?

I couldn't tell if you were being sarcastically funny or if you were serious.. (my guess is the first one...)

Jonathan.

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