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Old 05-13-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
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Default "Early 90's EZGO - Needs a Rebuild"

Hi guys,

Nice to be over in the gas section for a change - tired of trying to squeeze life out of an old EZGO '84 Electric cart, and thought a move to gas might be a better fit for me.

In looking for a cart, there is a local guy who will sell me an "early 90's" EZGO for $200 that "needs a rebuild". I've read a few of the other posts on the forum, and I'm not sure if rebuilding is hard or easy as (like most things) for some people it goes well, and for others, it does not.

My general technical skills are good - I have rebuilt a lawnmower before (yes, I know, 4 stroke), have no issues with changing my car's alternator, and rebuild vintage speakers for a hobby. However, this seems a bit more daunting.

Welcome everyone's opinions on the easyness/hardness of this, and if I would need any specialized tools other than my impact gun.

Thanks a bunch!
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: "Early 90's EZGO - Needs a Rebuild"

Is this the metal body or the plastic body? is it a 2 or 4 stroke? This will be a factor, as the metal bodies need to be repaired from dents, the plastic ones are indestructible. The 4-stroke engines last forever, but I don't know anything about the two strokes beside they spin both directions (rather than having reverse gear) and don't last as long. Some model information would be helpful
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Default Re: "Early 90's EZGO - Needs a Rebuild"

Thanks LGC - I've asked the seller for a pic, and noticed from reading other posts that the early 90's were where EZGO went from a 2 to a 4 stroke.

OK, just got e-mailed back - 2 stroke oil injected. He didn't have the ability to send me a photo, but said it was in good shape, with a canopy, and the body was green and mostly metal.

Problem is, in the country where I am, "local" is 30 miles away so I can't just pop over to see it.

Possible to rebuild for a reasonable dollar? And is $200 a fair price if the cart is in good-fair shape?

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Old 05-13-2011, 05:10 PM   #4
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$200 is a great price, you can't find a working one for much less than $1000. regardless of condition if it works get over there and pick it up!
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: "Early 90's EZGO - Needs a Rebuild"

Problem is it is non-running right now - seller claims it needs a rebuild. For $200, think I'm going to take the plunge anyways. How much would it really take to get it running (Famous last words).

BTW, I did find another post that lists the tools needed, and it only looks a bit tough if I wanted to replace the crank seals and needed to do some "pulling".
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Default Re: "Early 90's EZGO - Needs a Rebuild"

early 90s 2 stroke will be a 3pg. very easy to rebuild. if the bottom end (crank) is bad, you will need a total kit and it runs about $400. if it ok, then you can do the top end with piston, rings and cylinder for about $200. the clutch is easily home made. if you get it post back and let us know what you find. $200 is good if there isn't rust and the body is reatively straight. it will be a marathon model.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:51 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tips guys - anything else I should look for when "checking under the hood"?
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:59 PM   #8
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So got it home - here are some pics.









I guess my first question is what troubleshooting I can do to make sure the engine needs a rebuild. The engine can be turned by hand, and didn't seem tight or bound.

All in all, looks like a decent $200 spend so far.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:08 PM   #9
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dude you stole that !!!!!!
do a compression test wide open throttle see what you got .


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Default Re: "Early 90's EZGO - Needs a Rebuild"

ya looks good, a compression test would be a good place to start. if under 90# i would suggest a rebuild. don't be to intimidated the're fairly simple. see if it has fire at the spark plug, the carb will need good cleaning. ya can get top end kit for about $200.00.It is a 3pg engine. i just gave $300.00 for a 93 that was in worse shape but it has the 4 stroke engine and needed a $300.00 starter/generator. good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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