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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:23 AM   #1
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Hi people,

I just found this forum, so I’m a new guy here with a question on a 3 wheel, `87 EZ GO I recently bought.

This thing seems to run great. For it’s age, it only has a few minor dents and scratches and probably needs brakes and/or cable on one wheel. But at $175.00, including a working charger, I didn’t want to pass it up. And, like 3wheelingfool just stated in another thread, this is our first cart because we were “tired of being an outcast at the campground”.

Now for my question:

There are only FIVE 6 volt batteries in this cart, although there naturally is a place for the 6th battery. Should this thing even run on 5 batteries? Or, is it possible there was some sort of modification done, to somehow make it a “30 volt cart”?

Since it now runs, I sure would hate to drop in the 6th battery and burn up something if there was a modification done.

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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Intro and question on 1st cart

Welcome longie .....your cart is 1 battery shortie
There is no modification to run on 5 batteries....a word of caution...load test or hydrometer test the batteries you have left and if they are good try to find a used one that is close to the same age and condition. A balanced pack is very important in the charging cycle.....Or maybe it is time for a new set? Good luck!
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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Default Re: Intro and question on 1st cart

Does the cart have good speed?
Wonder if they put 5 8 volt batteries in it?
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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:50 AM   #4
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Good idea....in that case I would get one more 8v and a 48v solenoid
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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:56 AM   #5
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On that old resistor system, as long as you have enough voltage to activate the solenoid, it'll go. A 36v solenoid only needs about ~28v to activate IIRC. It won't go as fast or as far, but go it will!

Have fun with your new toy and onward to the mods!
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Unread 12-21-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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Default Re: Intro and question on 1st cart

The batteries are definitely 6 volt. A buddy of mine has access to used batteries and is on the lookout for one that will pass a load test. I was skeptical that there could have been any kind of modification, but certainly wanted to get a confirmation before dropping in a 6th battery, since I didn’t know if it would run on 5 batteries.

I appreciate the speedy responses from all of you and I’ll certainly be spending some time here, trying to learn all I can.

Thanx again.
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Unread 12-21-2008, 08:57 PM   #7
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Good idea....in that case I would get one more 8v and a 48v solenoid
So,on my 85 ezgo i could just get 2 more 6 or 6 8volt baterries ans 48V Solenoid and i could run mine on 48V ???
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Unread 12-21-2008, 09:17 PM   #8
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Yes, but you must keep an eye on the coils since they won't handle extended run times at 48v. Remember, the resistor coils are only out of the circuit at stop and wide open throttle.
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Unread 12-22-2008, 08:55 AM   #9
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I have done it to 2 different makes, one I sold after a few months & one I ran for 1 year like that ....it is not reccommended for extended low speeds like a hunting buggie but, I had no problems ....it worked for me. The CC that ran for a year like that is now geting a controller to complete the conversion.
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Unread 12-22-2008, 02:47 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum Longie.....................
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