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Unread 01-07-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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If I upgrade the cables what all should I replace? I know all of the battery cables. What about cables to the controller and solenoid? If I plan on upgrading the controller in the future what else should I change? F/R switch?

If anyone has any detailed info on What cable and wire sizes should be used with different amp controllers, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 11:24 AM   #2
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Generally use 4g is good for everything below 500 amps and 2g above.
You can use 4g with 500a at 48v
You should should 2g with all aftermarket motors (not needed for PQ Bandit)
I think that covers it.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 12:41 PM   #3
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Purchased a set of 2 gauge cables from Scottybs for my 2002 IQ CC had a 506 0002 D&D motor . The torque increase was excellent ( Hold on tight ), the speed increase was slight. Stock every thing else . Well worth it.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Thank Scottie!

What about cables other than those connecting the batteries? Do they need upgrading too? I think If I go with a 500amp controller I have to have a different solenoid. Is this correct. What If I go with a 400amp? I have also seen where people put in a heavy duty F/R switch. Would I need to do that?
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Unread 01-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #5
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Purchased a set of 2 gauge cables from Scottybs for my 2002 IQ CC had a 506 0002 D&D motor . The torque increase was excellent ( Hold on tight ), the speed increase was slight. Stock every thing else . Well worth it.
I lost a little speed when I converted to 8v batteries. Cart is now over 200 pounds heavier. Trying to pick up some torque. Running a PQ Bandit. Everything else stock.
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I lost a little speed when I converted to 8v batteries. Cart is now over 200 pounds heavier. Trying to pick up some torque. Running a PQ Bandit. Everything else stock.
You actually lost speed when you converted from 4 12's to 6 8v batteries? Did you notice a big difference in run times?
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You actually lost speed when you converted from 4 12's to 6 8v batteries? Did you notice a big difference in run times?
Yes I lost a little, but I am sure it is due to the weight. It is like having and extra person (pretty large person) on board. My old batteries were marine batteries, which weigh less than cart batteries. I am still in the break-in process, but I can see run times will be much better. But, then my old batteries were junk so I don't have a lot to compare it to.
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When you upgrade the cables you should upgrade every high amperage cable in the cart. In a typical series drive there may be 13 or 14 and in a sepex drive about 10 cables total. This allows for more amps to flow through the cables as the juice runs from the batteries to the motor. The amperage also runs through the controller, solenoid, and F&R. SO all these parts need to be upgraded to complete the delivery system boost.

Remember the system is only as good as it's weakest link.
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When you upgrade the cables you should upgrade every high amperage cable in the cart. In a typical series drive there may be 13 or 14 and in a sepex drive about 10 cables total. This allows for more amps to flow through the cables as the juice runs from the batteries to the motor. The amperage also runs through the controller, solenoid, and F&R. SO all these parts need to be upgraded to complete the delivery system boost.

Remember the system is only as good as it's weakest link.
That helps a lot. A couple of questions for clarification... I know all of the large wires will be high amperage. What about the orange and blue wires from the controller to the motor? What size are the wires going to the F/R switch and what size should I upgrade to? Sorry for so many questions but I appreciate the help.
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Unread 01-11-2013, 10:27 AM   #10
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Question to ScottyB. I have a stock 2010 Club Car Precedent, Champions edition with 10 inch wheels. 48V (6-8V batteries). I do not plan to make any upgrades or modifications. I only use cart for golf and running back and forth from home to course (less than 1 mile). Should I upgrade my cables to 4 ga? If I do, what will I notice if anything. Will it affect run time, torque or battery life? Is your cabel upgrade something that a non gearhead can do? I am ok technically but not a mechanic. Thanks for the info you give us on the forum.
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