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Unread 05-14-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default 8v to 12v battery conversion.

I have a 1998 48v ds club car and want to switch to 12v batteries. I can get a great deal on 12v batteries. I read the sticky about 12v to 8v but that was a slightly different cart. I know that I will lose some power, but it is only used in a small campground. If you have any thoughts, please let me know. Thanks for looking.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: 8v to 12v battery conversion.

Probably isn't but this could be a first. What's your great deal? Usually get what you pay for. You likely won't get as much run time or the longevity in the 12v batteries. But if it's truly a great deal, would probably be worth it. I use mine at a campground and the runtime is plenty on a daily basis - and that's at a pretty big campground that my son makes endless loops around on a daily/nightly basis. I just got new batts so I'm hoping for even better performance, at least for a while. I have no idea how such a switch might impact the other components of your cart or if something else needs to be replaced.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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I have a 1998 48v ds club car and want to switch to 12v batteries. I can get a great deal on 12v batteries. I read the sticky about 12v to 8v but that was a slightly different cart. I know that I will lose some power, but it is only used in a small campground. If you have any thoughts, please let me know. Thanks for looking.
For your purposes shud not be an issue. We have 4 carts at the golf club 97-2000 DS models who's owners went the same way and they still do 18 holes after 3 years.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input. My son works at O'Reilly and he can get a good discount. They have AC Delco and Super Start batteries. I will post model and price after I go up there. Might be a couple of days though. I just found out that its his weekend is today and tomorrow.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Make Double sure that the 12V batteries are designed for Golf Carts.
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Make Double sure that the 12V batteries are designed for Golf Carts.
Agreed. Do NOT install automotive 12v starting batteries in a golf cart, you will NOT be happy with the performance.
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I have a 1998 48v ds club car and want to switch to 12v batteries. I can get a great deal on 12v batteries. I read the sticky about 12v to 8v but that was a slightly different cart. I know that I will lose some power, but it is only used in a small campground. If you have any thoughts, please let me know. Thanks for looking.
I did a double take when I first looked at this post...
Usually it's 12v-8v conversions...!
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Unread 05-15-2013, 08:52 AM   #8
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Default Re: 8v to 12v battery conversion.

Here is the battery I'm looking at. I can get them for about half price:

Super Start® Fleet & Heavy Duty - Heavy Duty AGM Battery
Part # AGM24
Line: SSB
$159.99 Each


Specifications
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 525 CCA
Group Size (BCI): 24
Height (In): 9-7/8 Inch
Length (In): 10-7/8 Inch
Voltage (V): 12 Volt
Width (In): 6-3/4 Inch
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Here is the battery I'm looking at. I can get them for about half price:

Super Start® Fleet & Heavy Duty - Heavy Duty AGM Battery
Part # AGM24
Line: SSB
$159.99 Each


Specifications
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA): 525 CCA
Group Size (BCI): 24
Height (In): 9-7/8 Inch
Length (In): 10-7/8 Inch
Voltage (V): 12 Volt
Width (In): 6-3/4 Inch
They look like cranking batteries to me. If so, this would be a mistake, even if they cost you next to nothing. You need deep cycle golf cart batteries. I bought a cart with new deep cycle marine batteries (not knowing better at the time) and they lasted less than a year. These not being deep cycle at all will last no time in my opinion.
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Unread 05-15-2013, 09:36 AM   #10
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if it lists "Cold Cranking Amps", it is the wrong kind of battery, it should list "AMP hours rate".
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