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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:05 PM   #11
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Because there are gains to be had with 4 gauge. Try running a 650 amp alltrax and a hot motor on 6 or 8 and they will probly go up in a puff of smoke.
You know, thats probably the fourth time I've seen "puff of smoke" on this forum, lol. Well, I have no idea what 650 amps would be doing in an electric golf cart, however I do understand resistance, Area x Length = Resistance

But if you only have 36V and a budget, wouldn't 6ga or 8ga be fine? Especially if the factory uses it?
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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:13 PM   #12
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Yea they will work but the OP doesn't wan't to replace his cable with 6 or 8...he wants 4.

Adding 4 gauge cable is one off the cheapest upgrades. The power capabilities gained by adding 4 gauge far outweighs the power lost by the added resistance of 4 gauge....and besides electrical resistance of a wire is greater for a longer wire, less for a wire of larger cross sectional area.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 08:53 PM   #13
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Yep, I messed up my resistance formula, I shouldn't have a B in Physics 2 AP... Well, I agree about the performance gains, you have convinced me, I guess I need to start looking for cheap 4ga wire (and terminals) huh?
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Unread 01-29-2008, 09:35 PM   #14
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I was wanting to go with 4 so when I need a motor or a new controller I would be ready to upgrade to bigger and better parts. It appears that you also get a little more power just upgrading the cables.
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Unread 01-29-2008, 10:37 PM   #15
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You want 4g Welding cable with over 400 strand count. Remember, electrons flow on the outside of the wires, so higher strand counts mean higher efficiency. House wiring is not suitable for the acidic environment of the battery bay.
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Ok, thanks!
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You want 4g Welding cable with over 400 strand count. Remember, electrons flow on the outside of the wires, so higher strand counts mean higher efficiency. House wiring is not suitable for the acidic environment of the battery bay.
Wait, the electricity only flows on the outside of the wire? Well, I have a resistor cart and the resistor is hella rusted, would that impede the power my motor gets!?!?!

Welding cable huh? How would I attach ends to it, I noticed one person said soldering, what about crimps? I don't have a soldering gun/torch thingy. What about crimping and soldering (in case you are a bad solderer)...???
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Your resistors are not in the circuit at WOT. At partial throttle, the resistors DO impede the current to the motor. That's why it goes slower.
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Unread 02-09-2008, 12:43 AM   #19
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hey dudes im hambone n i love 2 play speed golf!
using jumper cables prolly isnt the way 2 go.4awg cable isnt limited to just welding lead. ill be pulling cable off a spool at work (telecom) its pretty stiff sh__ and they got crimpers,noax and heat shrink i could use so we should b sittin pretty fat there.
my goal is 2 blow my boys away this year w/ a hellaciously fast cushman. ill call it "the sleeper"
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Unread 02-09-2008, 01:40 AM   #20
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hambone, WELCOME to BGW FORUM! Post up pictures of the Cushman. The exsquirts here can have you playing polo on it!
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