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Unread 10-27-2014, 06:47 PM   #1
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Default Drive Belt Size Confusion

I recently bought a 96 CC DS with the 290 engine. The cart is stock, however, the engine had been rebuilt by GT rebuilds before I bought it. For the most part the cart runs well, but when pressing the accelerator, there isn't much movement between the cart idling and the drive engaging, so initial take off can be abrupt.

I was looking at the drive belt and there isn't much free play. The belt on the cart is a BLT-0005. I've looked at several sites and there are a few sizes listed for the CC 92 and up carts. I've seen the stock belt for the 92 listed as a 1" x 37 1/2" or 1" x38 1/2", depending upon which site I've searched. I've also seen a listing for a 92 and up ohv that shows a belt size of 1"x 31 1/2".

i took a string and ran it around my belt and it measured right at 37 1/2".

My question is, is there truly a belt that measures 38 1/2" and would this give me the proper slack in the belt so that the clutch does not engage so quickly. Also, info on the different sizes would be helpful.

Also, it is my understanding there is no slack adjustment for the drive belt, correct?
Thanks

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Unread 10-28-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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I recently bought a 96 CC DS with the 290 engine. The cart is stock, however, the engine had been rebuilt by GT rebuilds before I bought it. For the most part the cart runs well, but when pressing the accelerator, there isn't much movement between the cart idling and the drive engaging, so initial take off can be abrupt.

I was looking at the drive belt and there isn't much free play. The belt on the cart is a BLT-0005. I've looked at several sites and there are a few sizes listed for the CC 92 and up carts. I've seen the stock belt for the 92 listed as a 1" x 37 1/2" or 1" x38 1/2", depending upon which site I've searched. I've also seen a listing for a 92 and up ohv that shows a belt size of 1"x 31 1/2".

i took a string and ran it around my belt and it measured right at 37 1/2".

My question is, is there truly a belt that measures 38 1/2" and would this give me the proper slack in the belt so that the clutch does not engage so quickly. Also, info on the different sizes would be helpful.

Also, it is my understanding there is no slack adjustment for the drive belt, correct?
Thanks

Bob
I would go with the belt closest to your string measurement. As far as belt adjustment, you should be able to loosen the bolts at the base of the motor and move it back a bit if your belt is too tight. I'm not 100% sure about the newer carts, but my '87 has long (oval) motor mount holes so that this adjustment can be done, I can't imagine that the newer carts wouldn't have that option.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 06:19 PM   #3
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Default Re: Drive Belt Size Confusion

Welcome to BGW Bob!

Drive belt sizes for a Club Car DS model...

1984-87) 15/16" X 37 1/4"
1988-91) 1" X 37 1/2"
1992 + ) 1" X 37 3/8"

There isn't a lot of difference between all of those!
Kind of funny... my 2007 uses the 88-91 belt!
(It was designed as a hunting vehicle... a slightly shorter belt means more torque!)

Here's the deal...
Club car made some pretty drastic changes for the DS in 1992, again in 1996, and some again in 2000,
BUT... it seems that one thing didn't change... the distance between the drive, and driven clutches!
It should be 9 5/8" Center to Center!

That being said... I think Springbok may be on the right track!
I don't exactly know when CC changed the engine pan from tubular, to stamped metal, (97? 98? 99?)
With a tubular engine pan, you can adjust the center to center of the clutches,
with a stamped engine pan.... you can't! (except by changing the spacers)
the transaxle is thru-bolted to the engine.

At least that's a start, and it gives you an idea what to look for!

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Unread 10-28-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the information. I have some room for adjustment and my center to center measurement is a little more thatn 9 5/8". I appreciate the help.
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Unread 10-28-2014, 07:40 PM   #5
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If you still have the same problem after readjusting the distance of the clutches,
I just thought of something else the "abrupt" start out could be... (worn drive clutch buttons)

Readjust the distance and reply back so we know how it worked for you!

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Unread 10-30-2014, 07:25 PM   #6
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Not to hijack your thread, Bob but I have the opposite problem going on. I get a really jumpy start. Almost a bump, bump bump and go, if you will. I have a new carb, rebuilt drive clutch that was machined by Tom at CPP (great business BTW )and torque spring in the driven clutch. The belt feels like it slips and pops a little on take off then runs fine. The clutches spin fine in maintenance mode and no sudden engagement. If I'm riding in lots of water, it won't do it because I'm sure the belt is slippery and wont catch as hard. After reading Lockman1's replies, I feel like my motor may be too far forward and not TIGHT ENOUGH. I have not measured clutch shafts center-to-center but does this sound like what's wrong with mine, Lockman?

Edited to add: Can I tighten it too much? I would like to have the stronger engagement like Bob has WITHOUT the bumpy jumpy start.

OK Bob, you can have your thread back now, HA!!
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