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Unread 01-08-2018, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Modern battery suggestions for 1981 MGIV

I recently bought a non-running 1981 Harley Davidson Master-Glide IV Electric Golf Cart. The previous owner said it hadn't run in 7 years and needed a solenoid and batteries. He said he had been using 3 12volt car batteries. Already ordered the solenoid. I'm hoping someone might have come up with better way or can give economical recommendations for new batteries. This is just for recreation so I don't think I need normal super expensive golf cart batteries since it won't be on the golf corse 16 hours a day. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Unread 01-08-2018, 07:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Modern battery suggestions for 1981 MGIV

Well, 36v is 36v and pretty much any way you get there will run the cart. You could use 3 12v deep cycle marine batts but you might have to charge them individually with a car batt charger as they would have different charge requirements.

Really, there are some cheapo new golf cart batteries for sale out there. Sams Club used to sell them but I dont know if they still do. 6 6v cheapos probably arent a lot more than 3 12v deep cycles.

You could also peruse CraigsList for a used set.

Pay attention to the amp hour (ah) numbers on whatever you with. Generally, the higher the ah the longer the run time.
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Unread 01-10-2018, 08:35 AM   #3
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Default Re: Modern battery suggestions for 1981 MGIV

Any major reason to avoid getting car, motorcycle, lawn and garden, or wheelchair batteries instead of those listed as being for golf carts?
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Unread 03-15-2018, 08:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: Modern battery suggestions for 1981 MGIV

did you try the three six volt option? I have a cart just sitting because I can't figure out how to wire the four main battery cables to the three batteries.
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Unread 04-05-2018, 05:58 AM   #5
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Default Re: Modern battery suggestions for 1981 MGIV

my 79 is going to be sold or parted out. I'm just done with weird mg4 wiring.
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Unread 05-08-2018, 11:50 AM   #6
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Default Re: Modern battery suggestions for 1981 MGIV

I'm still not to batteries but if using 2 18v, looking at this wiring diagram I would think you should be able to just skip the outside 6 volt batteries and the 4 short cables. If you are still having problems the other attachment will help you determine if your motor is bad.
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