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Unread 04-06-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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I just got this cart have about 400 invested total and have no clue what I'm doing. First things first I need a good wiring diagram, and maybe someone smarter than me who doesn't mind me bouncing rookie questions of them. Next the whole reason I got this was to make a cheap stealth hunting buggie. I have ag tires fire the back and some aggressive tread for the front. I just came to the realization that parts for this antique might get real pricey so do I just get it running and part ways with it. I'm not real sure if I can't get a lift or other mods for it. Web searches haven't turned up a ton just yet. Can anybody offer some ideas or suggestions will post pics later today.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 09:58 AM   #2
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It sounds like you have already figured out you have gotten a 40 year old cart with not much going for it in the way of aftermarket stuff or performance parts being available. Get it running and sell it at the local trailer park or campground. Some people like these carts for their antique appeal, I suggest for hunting you get something a little more updated
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It's hard to convince yourself of that without it coming out of someone else's mouth first thanks your thoughts are appreciated
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Unread 04-06-2013, 12:33 PM   #4
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So brief update I wired the cart up just a couple hours ago, I opened up garage door first and I'm happy I did because when I put it in gear it just took off without hitting the accelerator . So I checked reverse and sure enough same result. I'm new to electric carts any thoughts? Does seem that it should be too complicated but then gain that's a complete rookie saying that.
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Unread 04-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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Before the experts jump in can I guess and see what i have learned.
I have never worked on an electric cart.
1 broken resister coil
2 solenoid faulty or not activted
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Thanks doomsman I will look into that solenoid as for the coil any idea the proper way to test it cause I don't lol. I'm a rookie to electric too, my biggest fear is burning something up with stupidity or ignorance. I really thought and I'm not sure what I'm basing it on no real info that I gathered but my own basic thought process as related to electrical work that it would be the accelerator being wired to a constant power source. That being said I don't have a key for any of the wiring diagrams that I have so I can't tell exactly which wire is which and not all of the components are labeled either and the accelerator is one of them of course.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 11:20 AM   #7
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I can't believe I'm the expert but 20 years of ownership and a total tear down and restore of a Caroche and being an electrician gets me close. It could be a couple things. First, mine has had a problem with the throttle sticking before. If you remove one of the cup holders on the front there is a round piece with wires going to it And a linkage going to the pedal. There is an adjustment on it where you can lessen the pedal response. A lot of times you can pull up on the pedal and it will turn off. Also the first solenoid of the five may be stuck. That is the one that activates the four others for the 4 speeds. It can be other things but those are the two I have found with mine. First I would try pulling up on the pedal and see if that stops it. If that doesn't you can remove one of the little wires from the first solenoid. That would be the one on the right if you are standing in front of the cart looking at it. If you remove the wire and it still does it it is probably a bad solenoid.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #8
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Thanks monepit the pedal worked great I looked at it from underneath it first to see what the linkage for the pedal looked like and realized it had a little rod that wasn't connected. Took the cup holder out and saw that the round wheel with wires has a broken piece I'm assuming some type of arm that runs to pedal linkage. Then I tested it by manually switching it while driving and it worked fine so I guess for now I can try to carbon fiber bond it to linkage unless somebody knows where to find one. I have to laugh because I don't even know what it was called if I wanted to order it from somewhere.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:08 PM   #9
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Glad to help. You will probably have to rebuild the brakes too. The good news is the parts are all available. These carts are bulletproof with a little maintenance. I fully restored mine and customized it. It is really cool. The earlier post is correct. You have to love them because there are few custom parts and repair parts are a lot harder to find and more expensive. The DS is great for parts and customizing. I like mine because they are simple, a lot of torque and you will have a cart that no one else has.
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Unread 04-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #10
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My breaks work the fitting on the wheel cylinder leaks slowly seems but it does stop.parking break doesn't work I don't believe but I do want to redo them it will just be a money issue cause right now I have 3 deep cycle marines running it and I want to get 6 6v instead. But any idea if I can get that round thing for the throttle anywhere?
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