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Unread 11-07-2010, 10:09 PM   #1
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Default Newbie DS Owner Seeks Friendly Advice!

Hey all - Awesome site and forum here @ BGW, it's been a wealth of information for me in my search for a cart! I just took delivery this week of a 2001 Club Car DS Series 48v (pics to come). It has '07 Trojan T-875s that are in good shape, test and charge well. I paid $1400, which I think is a decent price.

The upgrades I want to do are:

Flip-Flop Rear Seat - any opinions on this one from Fleabay? Should I look for diamond plate on the bed versus composite plastic or something else?

Lift Kit - 6" spindle only (Should I only use Jake's?)

Bigger Tires/Wheels (off-road type)

Extended Roof (price range for used would be helpful!)

Cart overall is nice, I need to replace the passenger side headlight bezel (cheap enough). The folding windshield is in great shape, but the hinge part is starting to separate on one side - do those hinge repair kits work or should I just get a replacement one? I also want to remove some stickers - is it OK to use Goof Off® to do this or will it harm the finish?

It has headlights & tail lights from the factory - if I add turn signals, horn & rear view mirror, is it a legal LSV?

Lastly, sorry for the long post and lots of questions. Thanks in advance for your help and advice - you guys (and gals) have some awesome carts and I hope to some day be a contributor and not just a consumer!

Regards, Mike
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Unread 11-07-2010, 10:32 PM   #2
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Mike Welcome to BGW.
We need to know what state you want to be legal in. D.O.T. tires and windshield in most states. Each state has thier own laws, and in NC there is no state wide regs so each town is doing it different.
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Unread 11-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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Congrads on your new ride. Great deal!

Flip Flop Seats:
Its really a personal choice. Make sure its made in the USA. Personally I went with plastic on bed and kept away from diamond plate due to the fact that I use my cart in the Fla Keys over the summer and the salt water will cause rust. The foot rest is metal but the powder coat shields it from the elements.

Lift Kit:
Wouldn't even dare recommend one bc thats one we all members kinda agree to disagree with. Most popular are Jakes and AllSport. Great quality and again made in the USA. If you are going to ride off road, I recommend the long travel lift kits which come with shocks and springs offering dampening characteristics. Wont go wrong with either brand.


Bigger Tires:
with 6' lift, most popular rims are 12's and 14's inside 22' and 23' tires. No worries about rubbing since your going with 6' lift.

Used extended roof:
good luck in finding one. If you happen to come across 2 of them, let me know and I will purchase the 2nd one. New, they run just over $300. You'll need to purchase rear strut supports as well for the ext top. The ones you have now will not work.

Legal LSV:
at least in Florida and Im sure required in other states, check this out
http://www.tk411.com/pdf/LSV.pdf

Ps. when all else fails, to remove the stickers try using a heat gun similar to this one. But be careful not to melt the plastic body of the cart. Keep your distance.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXHZ16&P=ML

Good luck with your DS!
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Unread 11-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #4
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Sorry, I'm in sunny Florida (I updated my location info on my Profile). It looks like my brake lights are either not working or never worked - I'd have to sort those too, of course. Thanks! Mike
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Unread 11-07-2010, 10:55 PM   #5
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Extended Roofs, cway had a couple of them, check the I trade thread and see if he still has them, I believe they were close to new.
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Unread 11-07-2010, 11:45 PM   #6
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Congrads on your new ride. Great deal!

Flip Flop Seats:
Its really a personal choice. Make sure its made in the USA. Personally I went with plastic on bed and kept away from diamond plate due to the fact that I use my cart in the Fla Keys over the summer and the salt water will cause rust. The foot rest is metal but the powder coat shields it from the elements.

Lift Kit:
Wouldn't even dare recommend one bc thats one we all members kinda agree to disagree with. Most popular are Jakes and AllSport. Great quality and again made in the USA. If you are going to ride off road, I recommend the long travel lift kits which come with shocks and springs offering dampening characteristics. Wont go wrong with either brand.


Bigger Tires:
with 6' lift, most popular rims are 12's and 14's inside 22' and 23' tires. No worries about rubbing since your going with 6' lift.

Used extended roof:
good luck in finding one. If you happen to come across 2 of them, let me know and I will purchase the 2nd one. New, they run just over $300. You'll need to purchase rear strut supports as well for the ext top. The ones you have now will not work.

Legal LSV:
at least in Florida and Im sure required in other states, check this out
http://www.tk411.com/pdf/LSV.pdf

Ps. when all else fails, to remove the stickers try using a heat gun similar to this one. But be careful not to melt the plastic body of the cart. Keep your distance.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXHZ16&P=ML

Good luck with your DS!
Thanks for your reply and hey neighbor! I just got back today from our annual week in Islamorada - only got to fish 3 days and we talked about having the cart for our day trip to Key West next time and for making bait runs at the rental. But I digress...

Good info on the flip seat, thanks. I'll consider going with the plastic bed.

I'll probably skip on the long travel, but again I appreciate the advice - I'm not going to be doing any true off-roading, just some yard work and neighborhood cruising.

That LSV form is exactly what I need - gracias!

I'll keep an eye out for two roofs - and I'll check the "I trade" forum too (Thanks LostHusker!)

Nice Precedent BTW, I was torn on the Precedent versus the DS. Ultimately, it came down to money - I'm not totally welfaring the project, but I am trying to keep costs down as much as possible.
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Unread 11-08-2010, 12:03 AM   #7
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thanks man. Thats my hometown in the summer! Mile Marker 70. By the way, the roofs are universal and black which is great for me but I think he wants local pu. Tops are in Austin TX. Got my 08 Precedent for 1900. I know, thats I steal, couldnt pass it up so I drove all the way up to Melbourne from MIA that night. 3 hrs. But I had a smile all the way back. Catch you later neighbor. De nada!

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Used extended roof:
good luck in finding one. If you happen to come across 2 of them, let me know and I will purchase the 2nd one. New, they run just over $300. You'll need to purchase rear strut supports as well for the ext top. The ones you have now will not work.
I bought a 77" extended off an 88 DS tonight in Jupiter for $50, hopefully it will fit. It has the struts, but I'll probably get them powder-coated before I install. Dude who had it is a helluva nice guy and has an AMAZING DS tricked out to look like a fire engine (yeah, he's a FF). I'm going to ask if I can take pics when I go pick up the top tomorrow - this cart is just insane! If it won't fit, I'm going to have an extended top for sale CHEAP (but not cheaper than $50 lol).
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