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Unread 06-18-2011, 01:20 PM   #1
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My wife gave me a 2008 E-Z-GO TXT PDS (early Father's Day gift) and picked out this one because she liked the "Nose-Art". (Pictured below)
Not sure if it is a logo/trademark or folkart, but we both seem to remember seeing it somewhere before.
Looks Native American, but I might be wrong, which is nothing new to me.

Does anybody recognize this drawing?

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Before receiving this gift, I knew nothing about golf carts, but thanks to this forum, I found the answers to most of the initial questions by searching through past posts and reading Operator, Service and Parts manuals found here. I've still got a lot to learn, but I know a lot more now than I did two days ago.

The plans for the TXT is a docile, reliable and inexpensive (relatively) means for my wife and me to get around a couple acres, explore a nearby parks, make runs to nearby stores and visit friends. The local road usage laws are fairy friendly for properly marked slow moving vehicles and there are lots of backroads in the area and sidestreets in town, so in general terms, our travels will be limited to how far we can go to and get back from on a fully charged battery more than anything else.

What I've done so far is remove a couple divot repair sand bottle holders (or at least that what I think they were, a holder (broken) for a cooler box and installed a Slow Moving Vehicle sign. I want to add a pair of the side baskets that attach to the seat back support, but the E-Z-GO website shows them on backorder. Are there other sources for generic and/or TXT specific accessories? I'm sure they exist, but I just don't know who and where yet.

Panoramic rear-view mirror and in-dash Voltmeter are also on the short list of immediate adds. Battery consists of 6 Trojan 105's that are the same age as the cart, so I should get another couple years out of them. Initial inspection of the cables/terminals looked pretty good, but closer look at the harder to reach areas as well as some of the cable ends that are crimped into the connectors revealed some corrosion, so a through cleaning and new cables are on the list also.

I'm retired, so my time allotment and scheduling are pretty open, and I want to do things right from the get-go. What gives longer battery life? Keeping them at or near full charge or running them down a bit before recharging?

I'll post Pics of the whole cart when I take them. Is this one too big, too small or about right?
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Unread 06-18-2011, 01:32 PM   #2
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To me, the picture is the perfect size. And welcome to BGW! Nice cart you got there!
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Unread 06-18-2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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To one Old retired guy to another...Nice choice of Carts. Search Charging Batteries on the Forum and you'll get a wealth of info.

Also, there are various retailers on the site.

If you don't have one, get a Digital meter so you can check batteries and trouble shoot the thing. Triplett has some nice inexpensive ones.

My wife and I really enjoy our Cart.
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Unread 06-18-2011, 08:56 PM   #4
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this may help with battery levels. you don't want to go below 50%

and welcome to BGW.
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Unread 06-18-2011, 09:15 PM   #5
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Welcome old guys to BGW Golf carts are a relaxing mode of transportation. Proper battery maintenance and usage are the biggest key factors to useful battery life.

Opps, my wife tells me it's time to go eat!

Wet call batteries want to stay fully charged and drawn down as little as possible all the time. I will explain how that translates to usage later.
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Unread 06-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #6
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Snapped a couple mugshot quality pix between downpours.

Her she is: Warts, raindrops, boo-boos and all.




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Unread 06-18-2011, 11:59 PM   #7
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Welcome from another old guy--Logo is from a golf course as this looks like a cart trade from one (re #60). Check your yellow pages or internet for area courses and I would guess you will see a duplicate of the logo.
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Unread 06-19-2011, 09:41 AM   #8
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The logo looks like a fox judging from the solver tipped tail?

About the battery draw down and recharge cycles you asked about.
Here are a few facts that will help you tailor your usage to get the most useful life from your batteries.

Wet cell batteries have no memory. There is no need to deeply discharge them.
GC batteries are capable of 5000 shallow (20%) discharges or 700 deep (80%) discharge cycles.
You can determine the health of your batteries with a voltmeter reading for each battery (best taken 12 hrs. after the charger shuts off). And take Specific gravity readings for all cells.
SG testers are inexpensive.
Get one with the FLOATING NEEDLE not the floating balls.
Compile your reading like this:
Battery #1 = 6.29 volts
SG = 1.277 ~ 1.170 ~ 1.300
Battery #2 = 6.31 volts
SG =

You are looking for any big variations in voltage and SG. In battery #1 the voltage is good but, the SG is low in the center cell, indicating a weakened cell.
This will help you establish the condition of your battery pack.
A good rule of thumb is to not draw the pack below 50% in you daily usage.
Any SOC (state of charge) meter is better than none. I like the new digital meters or the old analog meters. I'm not crazy about the LED bar graph meters which have flashing warnings at 70 and 80% draw down, but if you reference the first and second bar drop off voltage point you can use these meters successfully too.

Hope this helps ~ you can read more about battery use and care on my website by clicking on the link in my signature below.
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Unread 06-19-2011, 01:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the wet cell battery info Scotty. My past rechargeable battery experience is with Ni-Cad/metal hydride variants and low-capacity gel-cells.
I was hoping I could put simply the battery on charge every night instead of waiting until it had been discharged down to some predetermined level.
Looks like that will be both the least complicated method and give me the longest battery life.

I don't have a hydrometer yet, but I have a couple DVMs so I check the battery voltage before putting it on charge last night. According to the dealer, the battery was charged overnight before the cart was delivered 6/16 and I'm guesstimating it had been only been driven about 3 miles when I measured the voltages.
(Batteries are Trojan 105 with "L9" stamped into Neg post)
B1=6.32
B2=6.31
B3=6.32
B4=6.28
B5=6.28
B6=6.28

BT= 37.6

I noticed that the sum of the individual batteries is 0.2V greater than the measured total battery voltage, so I have some resistance in the cables and connecters that needs to be corrected.
I didn't bother to do the math, but the input impedance of the DVM is 1megohm, so only 37.8 microvolts were being drawn thought the cables and connectors for a 0.2v drop.

That is about a 15% discharge, but ammeter on charger (PowerWise II) didn't show any amperage when I connected it. I heard the relay click and the transformer hummed; And the BT voltage jumped to 38.0 when the charger was connect.

I haven't been out to check the battery voltages after being on charge (?) all night yet, but if they haven't increased to somewhere in the neighborhood of the expected voltage for a full charge, I'm going to have a chit-chat with the dealer.
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Unread 06-19-2011, 01:09 PM   #10
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welcome to BGW.......your at the right place for help with your cart there is much to be gained here if you follow the advice given and by all means get your wife involved.............makes getting into the bank account much more easy.........................
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