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Unread 12-20-2013, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Winter in Michigan, need help upgrading for snow

Ok here is the deal, I am handicap and use my cart daly for all sorts of tasks..
From taking my daughter to the bus stop, going to breakfast with my young son, going to get the mail, runs to the store..

This is my first cart and my first winter with it. I purchased a 09' Precedent earlier this fall and have thus far not done much to it,however I have added the following, a 3" lift, 20" tires, and a faster and more powerful motor.

Now I know I did a few things a little backwards, but with the cost of the cart and the fact that I do use it everyday..I was not able to upgrade all at once.

I'm looking for advice on upgrading this cart to better handle the demands of snow, in the summer I plan on using it on my property out back where the terrain can get a little hilly, and I may want to pull a small light trailer. But it's not a must. Trailer towing would be on flat ground,mostly just moving it.

I plan on doing the electronics upgrades in 2 stages.. 1. Everything I need for a great controller upgrade. 2. The controller upgrade itself.

That's where things get unclear to me.. I want to make the cart overkill for my application, so I don't stress components and fry something, as I can't really just walk back to get help..

Snow concerns me, I'm not going to be going places I think I could even possibly get stuck but the added amp draw from extra resistance has me asking questions..

I'm thinking a set of 2ga cables could help.. But what else? The goal is overall reliability. And hopefully a strong cart..

Any help is so very appreciated
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Unread 12-20-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Default Re: Winter in Michigan, need help upgrading for snow

Batteries put out less in cold weather. 4ga is probably fine for your cables. You should be fine if you take it easy and don't get stuck.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 12:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Winter in Michigan, need help upgrading for snow

I'm thinking about a 500-600 amp controller upgrade in the future for added torque. What upgrades should be in place BEFORE that gets installed?
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Unread 12-20-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: Winter in Michigan, need help upgrading for snow

A heavy duty forward/reverse swithch and a heavy duty solenoid along with the heavier gauge cables( all of the high amperage cables not just the battery cables).
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Unread 12-22-2013, 08:27 PM   #5
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Default Re: Winter in Michigan, need help upgrading for snow

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A heavy duty forward/reverse swithch and a heavy duty solenoid along with the heavier gauge cables( all of the high amperage cables not just the battery cables).
I ordered a 2ga full cable set from carts unlimited on Friday, can you tell me more about the solenoid, also the f+r switch.. Didn't know those needed to be replaced unless your cart was a series cart?

Any info is golden.. Thx
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Unread 12-23-2013, 10:49 PM   #6
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Default Re: Winter in Michigan, need help upgrading for snow

You are correct, I was thinking of my cart which is a series cart.
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