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Unread 03-30-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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I am building a trail cart from a DS 48V CC. I am using the D&D motor ES-58-Type with a 500A controller, adding the 6" ASM extended travel lift kit, but was concerned about rear axle ground clearance, which can only be affected by wheel/tire selection (to get the bottom of the transfer case further off the ground). I was advised against 25" tires for loss or torque. With this high-torque motor, what's the general wisdom on tire size selection?
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Unread 03-30-2011, 03:39 PM   #2
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I would stick with whatever size tires motor manufacturer recommends. In my opinion I would stick with 22" max tires and make yourself a skid plate for under the differential housing. You mention "getting transfer case off ground" are you going with 4 wheel drive??
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Unread 03-30-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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Not going with 4wd - didn't think there was even a bolt-on fully independent rear available from anyone. I assume you suggest a skid plate to prevent damaging the transfer case? Is it prone to having a hole punched in it by a root/rock? The problem I encountered that I'm trying to prevent is that when I tried to pass an 8" felled tree trunk by straddling it, I ended up high-siding the transfer case with rear wheels spinning.
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he means differential old mec
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Unread 03-30-2011, 06:10 PM   #5
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Im afraid that you are trying to use a golf cart for a off road vehicle? They are made for reasonably smooth golf courses with minor hills with 2 people and 2 golf bags only. I'm afraid that you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle with much more clearance than a near stock cart can handle? Not to say they are not being custom built but you would need a ladder to get up on one and much more of a motor-motors to turn 30" tires? A local man had a CC with 30" tires, 4 wheel drive running off 2 motors, twin 48-96 volt total pack, 4 wheel hydraulic disc brakes, whole bottom mounted skid plated, roll cage, multi point seat belts, shortened wheel base for sand dune running. I would hate to think what he had invested but the last time out he rolled it and before being able to cutting power cart burned?
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