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Unread 04-11-2012, 07:46 PM   #1
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looking to buy one to do a rebuild are there any model years that are better than others?

Any major changes thru the years, I'm leaning torwads '96 and up.

What do you think?
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Unread 04-12-2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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As far as major changes go, in 2003 Club Car began producing the Precedent (replaces the DS) then around 2008 they started making the Precedent with a slightly different electrical system.
I own both a Precedent and a DS, and the Precedent is by far the superior cart.
The DS looks more manly and rugged, but the Precedent has a nice flow to its design.
The DS has been produced since the late 80's I believe, so a '96 would be a DS, and as far as I know, all DS's are the same regardless of year.
The DS in my avatar is a '95. It will be pretty much identical to any other Club Car up until around 2003.
I bought it 3 years ago and rebuilt it, and it was relatively simple (except for the fact many parts had been 'fixed' in a half-a** way by the previous owner).

Given this, Precedents are hard to come by because they pretty much have to be bought brand-new (your looking at a couple thousand dollars), unlike DS's which can be easily found used (I managed to get mine for free because it was so badly broken).
A '96 - '03 should be pretty easy to find and bring up to snuff from my experience. :)
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looking to buy one to do a rebuild are there any model years that are better than others?

Any major changes thru the years, I'm leaning torwads '96 and up.

What do you think?
I would recommend 2003 and newer . . either DS or Precedent (your preference) . . newer units have the IQ system (programmable controllers), less maintenance headaches . . just steer clear of the units that have 4 12v batteries . . CC experimented for a couple of years and then went back to the 6 8v battery setup . .
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ok, so '03+ have this IQ system, can you please explain what that does or how I use it or program it?

None of them are 36Volt?
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New to all of this also just bought a 04 club car that I would like to buy a chip for it but don't know what I have? Serial is AA0409-372230 I know it's 48V that's about it! IQ? DS? It has a purple plum quick motor. Lift kit and big tires. What would you do to this cart to help it pull in sand for hunting?
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New to all of this also just bought a 04 club car that I would like to buy a chip for it but don't know what I have? Serial is AA0409-372230 I know it's 48V that's about it! IQ? DS? It has a purple plum quick motor. Lift kit and big tires. What would you do to this cart to help it pull in sand for hunting?
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just steer clear of the units that have 4 12v batteries . . CC experimented for a couple of years and then went back to the 6 8v battery setup . .
Just curious, what are the downsides to the 4 12v setup?

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can you please explain what that does or how I use it or program it?
You personally cannot program it, however, you can get it programmed by your CC dealer. IF you want to mess with it yourself a controller programmer costs like $300 or something.
If you want Private Speed Mode it costs like $100 and you have to get it through Club Car.

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A DS is the left cart in my avatar, the right is a Precedent.
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Just curious, what are the downsides to the 4 12v setup?
6 - 8v setup gives longer run time based on those that have used both . .
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6 - 8v setup gives longer run time based on those that have used both . .
But it costs more to buy aftermarket electrical components (i.e. headlights) for the 8v setup.

So it's kinda like a lesser of two evils type of thing. :P
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But it costs more to buy aftermarket electrical components (i.e. headlights) for the 8v setup.

So it's kinda like a lesser of two evils type of thing. :P
Accessories that are installed into a 48v cart should be running off of a voltage reducer/convertor . . . that way the entire pack is utilized to run the accessories, and not a single battery . . cost of reducer approx $70 . . .
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