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Unread 07-07-2008, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Radio Installation - 2005 PDS

Been nosing around here for a bit, great advice from you all. Have a few questions. Will be installing a radio (marine) in dash (new woodgrain) and speakers (also marine - under cupholders) and the consensus seems to be to install separate 12V battery to handle the accesssories and negate the interference from the 36V pack. It seems also the consensus is to remove the front cowl to do this. Do I need to purchase an EZGO rivet kit or can I just purchase "replacements" at local H/Ware store? Any other words of advise before I totally screw something up?

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Unread 07-07-2008, 03:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: Radio Installation - 2005 PDS

Every cart I have ever look under the seat had the radio, as well as other 12v accessories connected across two of the carts 6v batteries. Mine is, and it works just fine.

You should be able to install your new stuff without removing the front cowl. If your cup holder is center mounted you can just pop the top off and access the back of the console through there.

BTW, the rivets you see fron the front seat holding the cowl to the "firewall"..., those are exploding rivets..., not found at your local hardware store. These rivits are scored and split in a specific way to allow a distributed grip. They work well, and they are 3/16x1" exploding rivits..., if you want to do a web search. I paid $1 each for seven, or you can get a box of 250 for ~$25.
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Unread 07-07-2008, 05:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. You probably saved me soome time (and a few bucks).
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Unread 07-07-2008, 07:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum COEZGO.......................
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Unread 07-08-2008, 11:10 AM   #5
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No problem. My pleasure to be of assistance..., but I firmly believe in giving credit where credit is due.

A lot of other guys on this forum have much more experience than I. Most of what I know came from someone on this site, meaning I still have more to learn. Just two weeks ago I didn't know the difference between a controller and a solenoid, but now I have at least a working knowledge..., and a place to go to fill in the blanks.
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Thanks again guys, I'll let you know how things go when I get all the pieces/parts together. Sure I'll have a bunch more questions as I continue to "dial-in" this cart.
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Unread 07-09-2008, 01:30 AM   #7
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JWelcome to BGW.

Just a reminder, when you are messing with anything electrical on the cart, flip the Run/Tow Maint switch to Tow/Maint.

Outback is right, all 12vdc accessories I have ever seen are tied to two of the 6vdc batteries in string. Connect your (+) usually a red wire to the (+) post of the first battery and the (-), usually a black wire to the (-) post of the second battery. I would suggest you put an in line fuse in the (+) side of the circuit. The instructions on your radio should suggest fusing amperage. Probably 5 amps or less. It is better to under fuse than over fuse. You can get the standard or mini-fuse in line fuse holders at any parts place. I prefere the newer color coded plastic GMT fuses to the older glass tube type. Also, I used to use solderless crimp connectors, but now I opt for wirenuts, as they are easy to remove for repairs and trouble shooting. Just tape them up and hide them somewhere, if it has to be pretty.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 09:31 AM   #8
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Default Re: Radio Installation - 2005 PDS

Question on AM radio interference. My FM seems to work fine but when on AM I get a loud buzz/hum from my radio. It works just fine if I'm not moving but when I press on the go peddle (electric EZGO cart) the station cuts in and out. I installed a filter on the feed line to the radio this past weekend and that helped a little but still not right.

Any ideas on how to get rid of the buzz. Thanks.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 01:25 PM   #9
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Don't know why you want to use the AM, but since you do, here is my two cents worth. You will probably need to get a DC noise isolation filter, as you are probably picking up DC noise from your cart's motor. I would go to a cart shop and get one made for a golf cart to isolate the right frequencies. I haven't bought one, but I think they are about 20 bucks.

Someone else on here may can hook you up with a link or somebody that sells them. Might check with Radio Shcak, but don't just let them sell you just any filter. Make sure you can take it back if it doesn't work. DC filtering is very tricky, as the noise may be coming from different sorces, but probably the motor.

Hope that helps.

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Unread 10-06-2008, 02:18 PM   #10
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ok so if you can just connect your wire to the positive of the first battery and to the negative of the second battery so it will get 12 volts, whats the purpose of a voltage reducer to reduce volts down to 12 volts?
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