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Unread 01-30-2012, 10:21 PM   #11
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Default Re: 48 volt Resistor cart conversion??

As I have said many times on this board, you can do it, just not for long. The resistors will melt down and the Vglide will burn up. I personally drove one nearly a year by going WOT or nothing. Wot then coast, WOT then coast.... Not the way everybody wants to drive but the only way the resistor coils are out of the feed system.
Same cart, my wife took it a mile down the road one day and burned it up on the way back, driving nice and easy.....
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Unread 01-31-2012, 09:45 AM   #12
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I've heard of people doing it with no issues at all. I think it's all based on how you use it. We've got one customer with a cart like this who we see every 6 months. It's like clockwork. He needs a new V-Glide switch every time we see him because he's melted it down.
if the guy would only add up the money hes spending.......bad for you good for him.................................
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Unread 01-31-2012, 11:30 AM   #13
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Older couple had an 80s Western and lived on top of a big hill... every year we put a new speed wiper in the old 36v resistor cart... Last time they called the cart was stuck in the back wall of the garage because the brakes wouldn't stop it when the speed wiper welded open coming up the driveway.

I convinced them to convert the old cart to speed control (after 3 wiper boards in 2 yrs) Well, after 2 years I had to call to see if it was okay Cart's doing just fine, they said it's the best upgrade they ever made...
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Unread 01-31-2012, 11:43 AM   #14
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scotty for sure its the right thing to do.......upgrade that is the right way but problem is you get 1 person who is getting away with it and they think that everyone can......not the case..........i agree with david i do beleive alot depends on how you drive.......even mine when it was like that i looked at v-glide every week and while i had no issues driving i could see the damage being done to it.......you could see the cables were getting burnt at the ends you could see the v-glide shoes pitting, it was like it was on fast forward as far as degradtion of componants...............it was a matter of time..........my advice to anyone thinking of cutting corners doing a 48 volt upgrade either do it the right way or just don,t do it at all................................
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I have seen 2 carts melt down in gear going forward. Both cases the key had no effect. The only solution was to pull the cart out of gear.... unfortunately the old guy just froze up with both feet on the brakes and couldn't stop it... I think that is what 90% of us would do.
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I think I am gonna try it. I need new batterys so might as well go 48v and when and if it melts down I will convert then. Good thing is I dont have a Vglide, mine has a series of micro switches for throttle control.

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I think I am gonna try it. I need new batterys so might as well go 48v and when and if it melts down I will convert then
cross your fingers that it dosn,t burst into a blaze and ruin some other things that is gonna make it cost more money ................honestly i watched over mine like a hawk waiting on dinner and i suggest you do the same........................
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You put it like that I might have to find the funds. What system do you all reccomend. It is a 1975 Club Car Caroche. I wanna run 48volts on the 36v motor. Not gonna mess with the motor other later a stock rebuild. It is gonna be a street cruizer only.
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1975 caroche? Insure it and put 60v in it....


Seriously, man, I wouldn't try that without every electrical component being spanking new... motor and all... Just let her be 36v. Components in that cart are 47 years old!
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You put it like that I might have to find the funds. What system do you all reccomend. It is a 1975 Club Car Caroche. I wanna run 48volts on the 36v motor. Not gonna mess with the motor other later a stock rebuild. It is gonna be a street cruizer only.
i,m not trying to scare you but there a chance it could catch fire....( a chance ) scotty posted a few pics of some damage it does you need to serach and take a peek......and i wouldn,t let any kids ride it or anyone who dosn,t have some basic knowledge......you might be better leaving it 36 volts until you can afford it................................
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