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Unread 08-19-2013, 12:22 PM   #11
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Default Re: Batteries were bone dry!

I just got a price of $125.00 each plus tax for Trojan T875
Is that a pretty good deal? It's a local place. I'll be doing the install myself.
Thanks for any info..
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Unread 08-19-2013, 12:42 PM   #12
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Battery prices vary greatly. 875s around here are $100-110. Here is a chart with comparisons by amp hour. Might want to shop around. Generally 8v batteries under 170 amp hours (at 20 amps) are not a wise investment because of reduced range per charge and you tend to discharge them deeper per cycle resulting in reduced life span. They may be cheaper up front but usually more expensive in the long run. There are exceptions however, depends how you use your cart.
A $3 battery lifter is the best money you'll spend. Some retailers will through one in with purchase. Do whatever it takes to get the batteries hooked up exactly as they are now.

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Unread 08-19-2013, 01:43 PM   #13
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So your saying the trojan T890 is the way too go?
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Unread 08-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #14
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The 875's are a great battery too. I've had a set for about 3 yrs now and they hold up great. Maintenance is the word though for a long battery life.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #15
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Generally no because the extra capacity doesn't doesn't justify the big price jump but it depends on how you intend to use the cart and how much they cost in your area. Likewise the reduction in price for the 860 is usually not big enough to justify its reduction in range and life span. T875's will give you an easy 20 mile range under optimum conditions with out discharging the batteries below 50%. The chart assumes a 170amp hour battery is the most commonly used in 48v applications and for most people is adequate for the cost. The percentage change in capacity for other amp hour ratings can be used compare the increased/decreased cost of the battery to its higher/lower capacity.
I believe the consensus of opinion here is to buy as much capacity as you can afford keeping in mind how you intend to use the cart. Here is another chart you might find interesting. ( this chart is for 6v batteries but would be similar for the 8v)
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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #16
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Is their any special procedure when changing all the batteries at once? Can I remove one at a time so I don't get confused how they go in? Do I have to disconnect anything important before I start? Thanks
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Unread 08-19-2013, 05:42 PM   #17
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Take a picture of the layout. Make sure you watch the way the main positive and negative wiring.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #18
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First thing is to put the run/tow switch to tow if you have one. Switch should always be in tow when doing electrical work on the cart or when actually towing the cart. Consequences can be dire otherwise.
Picture is a good idea and/or make a diagram showing battery orientation with positive and negative. If there are multiple connections on a battery post I zip tie them together. Label them if necessary. We mention this because if you monitor this forum for any amount of time you will see a recurring post something like " I just installed new batteries and now the cart won't run"

When re-attaching wires use a battery spray or something like dielectric grease or vasoline. The battery posts are sunk into soft lead so don't tighten the nuts too much. I use a very short handled ratchet so I can't get too much torque. Tools should be wrapped with tape when working in the battery compartment because there is the equivalent of an arc welder in there.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 07:54 PM   #19
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Do whatever it takes to get the batteries hooked up exactly as they are now.

Credit Johnnyb for the chart.
Take a couple of clear photos showing the wiring connections and battery placement! You'll thank yourself later!!!
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Unread 08-19-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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I looked all over the place for the run tow switch. Doesn't seem to have on. Its an 03 club car ds ir. i think only the iq cars had them but I'm not sure. Pics are a great idea and Im gonna make a diagram also. I defiantly wanna clean the battery tray and frame when I'm in there so i guess doing one at a time wont work.
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