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Unread 01-12-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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I'm getting a 6 inch lift kit and was wondering if the hd springs were really necessary. i have my cart in a place with rock roads and lots of steep hills if that makes a difference
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Unread 01-12-2012, 06:45 PM   #2
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The only downfall to HD springs is it stiffens the cart,and for off-road you want as much flex as you can get.I took the clips off my front-springs and picked up quite a bit of articulation(Ez-Go).I would only opt for the HD if you are adding a cargo-box or rear-seat-kit.Hope this helps.
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Unread 01-12-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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No rear seat or cargo box, HD spring pack will rattle your teeth loose on bumpy road brother(compared to stock) shocks do very little once HD springs are used.
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Unread 01-13-2012, 07:31 AM   #4
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Default Re: Heavy Duty Springs?

If you are not planning on adding a back seat or cargo box as stated above, I don't see any reason to upgrade to HD rear springs.
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Unread 01-13-2012, 09:02 AM   #5
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Default Re: Heavy Duty Springs?

If you do decide to go with the heavy-duty springs just take one of the leafs out It will ride much better. And if you feel it sometime you need the extra leaf you could always put back in...............................
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Unread 01-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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Some go ahead and install HD springs with a lift kit because it's easier to do it while you have everything taken apart than it would be to try it without, find you need it, and have to take everything apart again. I just decided to try without first and have found I didn't need HD springs. I have a rear seat and I carry a spare, full size 12v battery (to run my lights and radio) in the bagwell under the rear seat, and even with 4 people on the cart, we haven't had any rubbing. Ours is just a pavement cruiser mostly, though. the only hills we encounter are the speed bumps at the campground, but even going over those (slowly), with 4 people, we haven't had any issues. That doesn't mean, though, that everyone will get by without.
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Unread 01-13-2012, 02:31 PM   #7
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Default Re: Heavy Duty Springs?

I put in the HD 4 leafs when I did my lift kit, only because my stock ones were shot. I have the rear seat (rarely used) and it still rides pretty rough. I'm thinking of taking one out. If you're not hauling heavy loads or people on the back, I would say use the stock or replace with the same if they are worn out.
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If you want to change the springs to gain some ride-height,Take them to a spring-shop and have them arch them up a little.Just give clear info as far:

1:Weight of the cart under normal use(cart + normal #passengers/gear)
2:Amount of height you want to gain(even as little as 1/8"-1/4" is adjustable in the leaves).
3:Weight-capacity/Stiffness you are looking for(this can be adjusted,built-up,or leaves removed)

I work for a spring-shop and what can be done to springs is pretty cool.The guy next to me has been there since 1972 and has taught me some neat tricks.Ask OffTwice about his custom-built lowered front Club-Car spring we built.We actually manufacture about 75-80% of our inventory in-house from special-ordered bar-stock,which is then tempered by us.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 07:09 AM   #9
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Installed HD springs front and rear on mine, used for work on paved hills and curbhopping with a heavy load of tools and equipment. In hindsight, arching the front for a bit lift and HD rears may have been better. Hopping curbs now I can feel the flex transfering to the frame, probably not so good:/ For constant rough terrain I would stay on the lighter side if possible. BTW I changed rear shocks too, tried HDsprings with no shocks for 2 days, the bounce was terrible.
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The softer setup is far better offroad,The shocks purpose is to limit bounce,not to increase capacity or height(unless its' a air/nitrogen-unit,or coil-over).On my Ez-Go,we built new front springs a little longer than stock,with the tips angled to correct caster,and I ended up removing the clips,which gained more articulation(flex) in the front-end.Feeling some of the flex in the cart-frame is fine.If its' too stiff,you will end up cracking frame-rails or weld-points,since you will just be pounding on the suspension-mount points.Hope this helps.
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