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Unread 07-02-2018, 10:45 PM   #1
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Cool bad boy buggy clicking sounds

I recently got a bad boy buggy. All I know is its an XT but I am not sure of the year because when I look up the vin# I cant find anything. Anyways, the guy that I got it from said it had been stored in a barn for a year because the batteries are dead. I replaced all 8 batteries and charged them. Then it would click but not move when I pressed the gas pedal. I bought two brand new solenoids off amazon wired them up and it wouldn't move. I jiggled some wires and all of a sudden it would move. I drove it around the yard and when I hit a bump it was like it cut off. Now when I turn the switch on I hear both of the solenoids click then a second later each of them (individually) click again and the lights on the controller blink. Ive checked all the wires and there don't appear to be any breaks and when I replaced the batteries I cleaned all the cables off. I've tried using a volt meter but to be honest I am not electrical smart and every time I YouTube it I get a different reading then most of the videos. I am getting my butt kicked by this thing.
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Unread 07-04-2018, 08:38 PM   #2
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So far I have gotten it to work when I first turn it on but it seems to stop driving after about 45secs. I even turned it on, left it in neutral and you could hear the solenoids click one at a time like they lost power. My buddy seems to think it has a relay that is shutting down power to the solenoids but I don’t see any relays. So I’m not sure. I e been looking for wiring diagrams but I can’t find one that matches mine. It’s a 2009 Bad Boy Buggies XT.
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Unread 07-06-2018, 12:34 AM   #3
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Well I figured out that my controllers were blinking in a series of patterns. I called the controller company and actually got someone that walked me through several steps to trouble shoot it. One of them was to switch the wiring harnesses that come out of the controllers (the ones that control the front and rear motors. I did this and now the rear controller is not blinking at all but the front motor blinks three times. So next I will begin looking at the front motor to see if something is causing it to shut the solenoid off.
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Your more fortunate than most BBB buyers. At least you received some help from the controller MFG. Most BBB owners can't get help, or just toss the 4X4 and rebuild 'em as a rear axle drive.
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Unread 07-06-2018, 06:59 PM   #6
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He actually sent me the wiring diagram which I can send to anyone if they need it. Walked me through several troubleshooting tips and spent about an hour with it. Figured out it was 1.) the wiring harness coming out of the controller was backwards. 2.) the motor is shot. Luckily I have a second cart with a good motor that I am going to try and swap out.
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BBB actually hangs up after putting us on hold. Hunting forums all across the web hate these things. They change things every year or more than once per year. We swore off even taking them in to repair because 1) the company refuses to supply technical info aka service manuals, you can't find them online, 2) parts that you can get are prohibitively expensive, the last one we successfully repaired ended up costing the guy $1500 for one of the controllers plus accelerator upgrade. He wasn't happy.

Many fail and run on one of the motors when they did roll in. We actually suggested them living with 2WD as it had plenty of torque either way, not like you'd actually notice the loss of the 2nd motor (at least I didn't) but we got looks like we landed from Mars at the mere suggestion.
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Unread 07-22-2018, 03:25 PM   #8
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Do you mind sending me the wiring diagram?
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Unread 07-23-2018, 09:00 PM   #9
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No I donít. Let me know your email and Iíll send it to you. Iíll also try to post it on this forum if I can figure out how to.
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As an update, I got the motor fixed by a local guy that rebuilds motors. In the process the back motor, which showed no fault flashes, became so hot that it started somking. So I figured it was a bad motor and took it to him as well. After getting back the front motor, which didn’t even work before, it started heating up as well. To the point it started smoking. And seemed to have surges of power. So I am back to the drawing board. It has to be an electrical issue but I can’t figure out why. When the motor gets hot it goes out and the controller flashes 12 times. According to one of my finds this means CAN bus fault?? So I’m not sure what is wrong.
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