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Unread 10-02-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Motor replacement or rebuild

I have a 1980 club car that is old school and I kinda want to keep her around. The problem is that it died on me and it looks like the connections inside the motor are toast. Trying to tighten the bolts at the motor connections resulted in the bolts just spinning, so I may have shot myself in both feet it seems by not being more careful when tightening .The pic attached may give you an idea of how bad, but basically ALL 4 bolts connecting wires to the motor were either broken off completely of barely hanging on (inside the motor casing) by a few threads. Repairing it is out of my skill level. So looking for some recommendations on either a rebuild or a replacement. I rely heavily on the cart to get me around my 3 acre property. There are some hills and a lot of it is off road with some short brush for ground cover. torque is more important than speed. The cart is 36v and already has a pretty large lift kit in place with oversized tires. This cart is getting up there in age and this might be the end of the road for her but maybe there will be an affordable option to keep her running for a while longer. So is there a rebuild option out there that may be affordable that someone can recommend?
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Unread 10-02-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Motor replacement or rebuild

something like this would be good for your use

Club Car DS Electric Motor High Torque $479.99

This Club Car DS Series Electric (10 Splined Axles) High Torque allows for speeds up to 14 mph. 12.0 peak horsepower, high torque allows for off-road and all-terrain applications.
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Unread 10-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Motor replacement or rebuild

Talk to plum quick they maybe able to use your core to build you a bandit motor which should increase your torque by 20% for about $225
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Unread 10-02-2013, 11:45 PM   #4
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Rebuild it if you can. You're not gonna find another motor that'll fit on your rear drive unit. Your motor has a male output shaft. The newer Female 10-spline are all that you can buy now. Your other option is to pull out that drive unit and replace it with a new model. Then you'll be able to upgrade or replace the motor.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 12:16 AM   #5
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learned something new today
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Unread 10-03-2013, 01:56 AM   #6
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Most major metros have a motor shop that could take care of that for you. likely for less than the cost to ship it.
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Unread 10-03-2013, 07:30 AM   #7
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. . . always use two wrenches when tightening/loosening those nuts on the motor terminals . . . bottom wrench prevents damaging interior motor connections . . .
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Unread 10-06-2013, 05:51 PM   #8
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Thank you to all. While looking for a replacement motor on CL I found a 99 workhorse for $300 and figured the bones on it would be a better investment to spend my time and money on. You guys rock and your answers helped me make some better decisions....like put the motor back in place because the drive is matched to the motor (thanks TDZ71. There are some pretty good pickins on this cart so I should be able to salvage a few parts for the new project.
beau - note taken and I think there are some other dads in my sons boy scout pack that may be able to point me in the right direction when/if I go the rebuild route.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 10:04 PM   #9
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it looks like all you need is a brush set and bearings while its apart less than a hundred bucks
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