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Unread 02-27-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default conversion from 12 to (6) 8volt

I have a 2008.5 precedent and need new batteries. After being told that the conversion would require expensive rewiring I'm thinking about going with the 12s. I use the cart around the neighborhood not on golf courses. I'm told the battery box would not need to be modified. I would prefer the 8s but cost is an issue. I would have to have someone do this and finding someone in NC may be an issue as well. Anyone have an idea what may be involved with this conversion and the cost? Thanks!
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Unread 02-27-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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Default Re: conversion from 12 to (6) 8volt

I have the same year Precedent also with new Trojans 1275's in it, I'll use it like this until I need to replace the batteries, no use wasting the new batteries. I think you will have to modify the tray, it is tight, I measured it all up already and it will need some tweaking. As far as the expensive rewiring I don't think it would be that bad, the hard part is getting the batteries in place IMO.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 11:09 AM   #3
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Default Re: conversion from 12 to (6) 8volt

. . check this thread . . it may help . .


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There is a difference between that conversion and the 2008 +. the two run switch is on the back wall and there is nothing in the center, so it actually may be easier.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #5
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Default Re: conversion from 12 to (6) 8volt

Thanks for the information fellas. The tow/run switch is on the back firewall and I think the box will take the 6 batteries without modification. The wiring changes seem to be the issue. As far as the cost of the batteries there is little difference between 4 12 and 6 8s. I was quoted 640 for 4 12s and 650 for 6 8s, all trojan. And apparently my charger that I use for the 12s will.work on the 8s. By the way what exactly are the benefits of the 8s over the 12s? Thanks. I really appreciate your help.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 01:05 PM   #6
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Default Re: conversion from 12 to (6) 8volt

1) 6 X 8v batteries have more (total) lead which means longer run times (eg. or less discharge per use)
2) Less discharge per use means batteries "live" at a lesser state of discharge, which is a far better state-of-being for them; which means...
3) Much longer battery life

But I recall you saying you have 12v accessories - so you'll end up needing a 48-12v converter and will need to wire that in.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 02:15 PM   #7
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Thanks for the information fellas. The tow/run switch is on the back firewall and I think the box will take the 6 batteries without modification. The wiring changes seem to be the issue. As far as the cost of the batteries there is little difference between 4 12 and 6 8s. I was quoted 640 for 4 12s and 650 for 6 8s, all trojan. And apparently my charger that I use for the 12s will.work on the 8s. By the way what exactly are the benefits of the 8s over the 12s? Thanks. I really appreciate your help.
They won't just fit, I did the measurements already but It shouldn't take much to cut out the space needed.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:06 PM   #8
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There is no rewiring on this mod. Is all your electronics in the motor compartment area?

In the referenced thread, the electronics are between the batteries and a factory upgrade requires moving them to the motor compartment and a new bucket. In the mod all we are doing is cutting out parts of the battery bucket so the batteries fit while still leaving electronics between the bats. Wiring remains and nothing changes.

If your electronics are already relocated to the motor compartment I would think bats would fit with very little mod to the battery bucket. If the Tow/run switch is in the way you will have to either relocate it or do some kind of work around. Maybe a few pics of the bat bucket you have would shed some light.

I would definitely upgrade though. The difference is night and day. This really is not that difficult.
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Unread 02-27-2014, 08:55 PM   #9
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If you truly have a 2008.5 (Also called an i2, also called a Gen2, also called "new style bucket") then you don't have to change anything except the two plastic battery hold downs. Drop the 8 volt batteries into your existing bucket and ride.
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If you truly have a 2008.5 (Also called an i2, also called a Gen2, also called "new style bucket") then you don't have to change anything except the two plastic battery hold downs. Drop the 8 volt batteries into your existing bucket and ride.
OK, hooold on. So I have read all the 12 to 6 conversion threads about cutting the tub and such. I had made my mind up to buy 4 new 12's. I do have the bucket with the tow/run switch on the back wall. So I can just drop the 6 8v batteries in? How do I go about changing the battery hold downs? I am all ears on this now!
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