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Unread 08-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #11
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david i agree they will and do work but every once in awhile just like the lights running off 16 volts i have seen them melt like warm butter................and it only taker it to happen once for me where i won,t repeat it.....................if they want it done its either done right or take it elsewhere................it no big deal if it just melts a few wires but in a few cases damage went a bit further......i have to say i,m surprised a C.C. dealer would do that hook it up on 16 volts....man thats just asking for it..............................................
I didn't say I did it at work.........

I respectively disagree though, why would you think it would melt wires? Those wires don't have a clue how much voltage is going through them. Amps causes wires to get hot, not voltage. Horns don't pull hardly any amps at all. Besides, it's only short bursts of power, not like lights that burn for long periods of times. In fact if you think about it, most electronics that are designed for a 12 Volt system will function perfectly off of 14.4-14.6 voltage from a charging system on a gasoline powered automobile. Another 1.5 volts won't hurt a thing
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Unread 08-11-2012, 09:32 AM   #12
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I didn't say I did it at work.........

I respectively disagree though, why would you think it would melt wires? Those wires don't have a clue how much voltage is going through them. Amps causes wires to get hot, not voltage. Horns don't pull hardly any amps at all. Besides, it's only short bursts of power, not like lights that burn for long periods of times. In fact if you think about it, most electronics that are designed for a 12 Volt system will function perfectly off of 14.4-14.6 voltage from a charging system on a gasoline powered automobile. Another 1.5 volts won't hurt a thing
David didn,t think that was something you did at shop i posted it cause it just threw me off when you said you did it all the time, i think if were your shop and you saw an employee doing that they wouldn,t be employed anymore...........i agree with everything your saying but i have to tell you i have seen it both on headlights where the instant you turned them on not only did wires melt bulbs blew and housings melted ( 16 volts ) and the same thing happened with a horn i installed using a button type switch on dash thats where they wanted it..the instant i hit button..( again 16 volts )............same thing not only wires but the area around the dash.......i took pics of it but they are up camp i,ll get them post them you give me your opinion.........again i know this isn,t supposed to happen but it seems on golfcarts you just never say never........well i don,t anymore the only other thing that could have been possible with these things is defective parts but somehow i doupt that highly.....by the way are you gonna be around leter this coming week? i have a 97 reagan i,m gonna need some advice on but i need to look at it 1st, so far its been just phone conversation with owner they have tried working on it but if you don,t mind if i need ya...................
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Maybe we're using different horns? lol. I know the factory stuff can handle it. Some of the aftermarket stuff, maybe not. But yes, I'll be around anytime you need help.
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I remember when I had my first cart years ago (EZ-GO TXT). When I installed the light kit I had a moment and hooked the lights up to the first three batteries. They ran on 18v for a few days and were pretty darn bright. Never melted wires or housings in the time it took me to realize my error.
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Maybe we're using different horns? lol. I know the factory stuff can handle it. Some of the aftermarket stuff, maybe not. But yes, I'll be around anytime you need help.
david, possible since what used was aftermarket, never gave that part a thought................................
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I remember when I had my first cart years ago (EZ-GO TXT). When I installed the light kit I had a moment and hooked the lights up to the first three batteries. They ran on 18v for a few days and were pretty darn bright. Never melted wires or housings in the time it took me to realize my error.
for some reason a lot of carts other then bright lights no issues but beleive me there are those out there that for whatever reason just will not........................
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Here is the results guys. Moved the positive horn wire to the next battery over(my meter says that now is 16volts) and blew the horn for 30-45 seconds straight. Freaking LOUD. During that time I kept my hands feeling the wires, switch, and the horn. Nothing hot, not even warm and the horn is run on what seems to be 18 Ga. wire. 30-45 seconds is WAY more time than any short blasts I will be using. Let me tell you guys, freaking REAL LOUD, its great. To bad its a Japanese motor cycle horn sound as opposed to a diesel train sound. One last question, the dealer switched the horn through the positive wire instead of the negative. Is that correct or is that backwards. Thanks again for all the help.
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Here is the results guys. Moved the positive horn wire to the next battery over(my meter says that now is 16volts) and blew the horn for 30-45 seconds straight. Freaking LOUD. During that time I kept my hands feeling the wires, switch, and the horn. Nothing hot, not even warm and the horn is run on what seems to be 18 Ga. wire. 30-45 seconds is WAY more time than any short blasts I will be using. Let me tell you guys, freaking REAL LOUD, its great. To bad its a Japanese motor cycle horn sound as opposed to a diesel train sound. One last question, the dealer switched the horn through the positive wire instead of the negative. Is that correct or is that backwards. Thanks again for all the help.
I don't think it matters on DC but with AC you never switch the ground or neutral wire for safety reasons otherwise there is a shock potential.
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One last question, the dealer switched the horn through the positive wire instead of the negative. Is that correct or is that backwards. Thanks again for all the help.
Thats fine. It doesn't matter.
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Thanks to all.
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