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Unread 06-13-2019, 08:32 PM   #1
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So Iím planning on upgrading the speed controller to a 400 amp along with a heavy duty solenoid and forward/reverse switch. I know I need to upgrade the wiring to at least 4 gauge but what my question is, which wires or how many need to be upgraded?

Btw my cart is an 01 ezgo txt series 36 volt


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Unread 06-13-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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So I’m planning on upgrading the speed controller to a 400 amp along with a heavy duty solenoid and forward/reverse switch. I know I need to upgrade the wiring to at least 4 gauge but what my question is, which wires or how many need to be upgraded? ALL of them. And to avoid confusion, wires are small, cables are big.

Btw my cart is an 01 ezgo txt series 36 volt


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OK WifeSlave, what do you plan on using your cart for? Four adults = rear seat = amps. Hills = amps. Oversized tires = amps. Hauling stuff = amps. Off road = ??? (amps).

400 amps is plenty, but when I did mine, the incremental cost between 400 and 500 amps was a "MAN" thing, seein' how you're a WifeSlave. AMPS = BIGG. Same as cables. Go with 2 AWG, but make sure you ask for them to be made for eventual 48 volt upgrade, as 8 volt batteries have their terminals different than 6 volts.
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Unread 06-13-2019, 09:07 PM   #3
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OK WifeSlave, what do you plan on using your cart for? Four adults = rear seat = amps. Hills = amps. Oversized tires = amps. Hauling stuff = amps. Off road = ??? (amps).

400 amps is plenty, but when I did mine, the incremental cost between 400 and 500 amps was a "MAN" thing, seein' how you're a WifeSlave. AMPS = BIGG. Same as cables. Go with 2 AWG, but make sure you ask for them to be made for eventual 48 volt upgrade, as 8 volt batteries have their terminals different than 6 volts.


The cart is actually for my wife and kids. We were looking for a 500 originally but came across a great deal on a new 400 amp Alltrax for $160 so we went with that already. The cart does have a rear seat and stock tires. I plan on lifting it 6Ē and wheel/tire package in the future. As of now the cart came with 3 brand new deep cycle 12 volt marine batteries. I was going to buy 3 more and wire them in series parallel but then I found out I could buy 5 Nissan Leaf lithium ion battery modules for around $300 and was thinking of going that route instead and replacing the battery system entirely. Iím sure Iíll need some help in doing all of this as I am just learning as I go, so any help or tips are welcome and appreciated.


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Unread 06-13-2019, 09:27 PM   #4
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The cart is actually for my wife and kids. We were looking for a 500 originally but came across a great deal on a new 400 amp Alltrax for $160 so we went with that already. The cart does have a rear seat and stock tires. I plan on lifting it 6” and wheel/tire package in the future. As of now the cart came with 3 brand new deep cycle 12 volt marine batteries. I was going to buy 3 more and wire them in series parallel but then I found out I could buy 5 Nissan Leaf lithium ion battery modules for around $300 and was thinking of going that route instead and replacing the battery system entirely. I’m sure I’ll need some help in doing all of this as I am just learning as I go, so any help or tips are welcome and appreciated.


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I'd still go with 2 AWG cables, and either a site sponsor HD FNR or reversing contactor, and the highest amp solenoid you can find.

I bought my stuff here, and suspect he could sell you cables based on your Lithium design:

https://www.cartsunlimited.net/

Lithium forum:

http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/lithium-ezgo/
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I'd still go with 2 AWG cables, and either a site sponsor HD FNR or reversing contactor, and the highest amp solenoid you can find.

I bought my stuff here, and suspect he could sell you cables based on your Lithium design:

https://www.cartsunlimited.net/

Lithium forum:

http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/lithium-ezgo/


Hey thanks that place seems legit! Way better pricing than what Iíve seen before!

Iíve already ordered a 400 amp controller (from a member on BGW), HD Solenoid, and HD FR switch. So Iím set there. I was looking to either build my own cables ( Iíve done this with my 12K winch on my Dodge diesel) or buy a set if I can find them at a decent price. I think I will go with 2 AWG cables as you are the 3rd person to recommend them and our local golf cart shop has started to go to them. Besides better to over due than burn something up.


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Unread 06-13-2019, 10:00 PM   #6
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Hey thanks that place seems legit! Way better pricing than what Iíve seen before!

Iíve already ordered a 400 amp controller (from a member on BGW), HD Solenoid, and HD FR switch. So Iím set there. I was looking to either build my own cables ( Iíve done this with my 12K winch on my Dodge diesel) or buy a set if I can find them at a decent price. I think I will go with 2 AWG cables as you are the 3rd person to recommend them and our local golf cart shop has started to go to them. Besides better to over due than burn something up.


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To quote a member JohnnyB, overkill is underrated. As another retired engineer, I concur.
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To quote a member JohnnyB, overkill is underrated. As another retired engineer, I concur.


Lol my local guy is the one who recommended this forum to me and he specifically mentioned JohnnyB as a Golf Cart Genuis! Havenít got to meet him yet but he sounds like the Yoda of golf carts!


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Lol my local guy is the one who recommended this forum to me and he specifically mentioned JohnnyB as a Golf Cart Genuis! Havenít got to meet him yet but he sounds like the Yoda of golf carts!


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That's an understatement.
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The cart is actually for my wife and kids. We were looking for a 500 originally but came across a great deal on a new 400 amp Alltrax for $160 so we went with that already. The cart does have a rear seat and stock tires. I plan on lifting it 6Ē and wheel/tire package in the future. As of now the cart came with 3 brand new deep cycle 12 volt marine batteries. I was going to buy 3 more and wire them in series parallel but then I found out I could buy 5 Nissan Leaf lithium ion battery modules for around $300 and was thinking of going that route instead and replacing the battery system entirely. Iím sure Iíll need some help in doing all of this as I am just learning as I go, so any help or tips are welcome and appreciated.


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Which leaf batteries are you getting and where?
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Unread 06-13-2019, 11:55 PM   #10
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Which leaf batteries are you getting and where?


I was looking on eBay at Green a Tech Auto.


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