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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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Talking My $300 Upgrade

Sold my 2002 DS 36v resistor cart & bought this 1997 48v with a back seat. I'm going to be able to lift it now & use it as the family campground cruiser. Thanks to all the generous folks around here I found out the resistor cart wouldn't do what I wanted it to do without spending a ton of money so I went 48v plus got the back seat I was going to buy anyway! Plus the batteries are only a year old! So before I lift it I need to figure out what to do about the sagging top, maybe make a brace out of some steel? I'm looking for ideas, I'm sure a lot of these tops sag & I can't be the first person to face this dilemma. Next thing is figuring out if I want to replace the rear springs with HD ones or just do a helper spring? The drivers side sage an inch lower than the passenger so I'm thinking I should just replace the springs? Finally I'll need to make sure its running 100% before i start thinking about a new controller, I GPS'd it at a whopping 12 mph with myself, my wife & two toddlers. It's 35 degrees here today & the pack was registering a little over 51 volts when charged, it ran down pretty quick though which I'm hoping is due to the cold? I didn't let it rest 12 hours though when I tested the voltage.

So I know, a thread is useless without pics so here you go...
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:18 PM   #2
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Here's a pic of the sagging top.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:26 PM   #3
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Fishwater if you are wanting a comfort ride I would not choose the HD springs, I installed them on my cart and they are way to stiff.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #4
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First the top. You can make a precedent top fit. I got mine for free just by asking at a mom/pop cart shop. It was a take off.

Second the springs. You can take a leaf or two out to soften the ride, So I have heard. I will be finding out soon as I have the HD springs in a box ready to go on my cart.

We have almost the same cart as you know. Mines a series, no run/tow switch.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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Yep, your cart inspired me to start looking, mine is also a series cart. I'll keep my eyes open for a roof, Iffigured they'd swap over easy enough but for now I want to figure out how to brace it. I doubt I have your luck of cheap carts & free tops :-)

I would try a helper spring but I'm worried these rear springs are shot. They aren't bent but I'd hate to buy the helpers & find out I still need to replace the springs anyway.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 08:10 AM   #6
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Tested my battery pack this morning after sitting overnight from being charged. It read 50.9v which according to the state of charge sticky is a full charge
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Tested my battery pack this morning after sitting overnight from being charged. It read 50.9v which according to the state of charge sticky is a full charge
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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:05 AM   #8
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I was looking through EBAY and they have a used top for $49.00 I will try and post a link.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/102508902-Cl...857b4f&vxp=mtr
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Unread 03-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #9
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What are the chances, that's about 2.5 hours from me, I drove right past it to pick this cart up, had I only known! Not sure when I can get down that way again, hmmmmm.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 03:06 PM   #10
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I would be careful with not using the HD rear springs, since you are going to use this cart as a 4 seat family ride
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