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Unread 01-01-2019, 03:05 PM   #1
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Hello, came across this site when looking for build ideas.
I was hoping for suggestions on what type of cart I should look for to build to my needs.

I am wanting a cart for hunting and hunting work, pulling a small cultipacker, sprayer and just getting around the woods quietly to check cameras.
Here is what I was thinking.
6" lift (spindle or A-arm?)
Off road type tires and rims, not sure of the best size for keeping good torque? Dont need nothing fancy, something black is all.
Poly box with a flip down tail gate in the back.
Do you suggest heavier rear springs? I hear they are not really needed.
Rear 2" hitch
Light kit
Winch

I was thinking an older club car DS or precedent 48V, not sure though and I am open to other carts as I know nothing about the motors and which cart has the best aftermarket equipment to build.
Any tips on the best cart to build at a lower cost that can produce a good work type vehicle is much appreciated and also some reputable sites to get parts.
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Unread 01-01-2019, 03:14 PM   #2
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When you get off road the power to weight ratio is important. The Aluminum frame DS or Precedent will have an advantage here. An old DS could be a series drive system, that would be an advantage as they produce more torque with less unwanted motor heat.
You are right about tires, I find 22" to be about the breaking point torque loss wise. And 22s are not going to hold a good cart driver back anywhere.
So , keep it light (poly-box if you can get live with the weak tailgate) and 6/8v batteries (or lighter lithium), aluminum frame, big controller, cables, and motor. You'll be fine.
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Unread 01-01-2019, 03:49 PM   #3
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When you get off road the power to weight ratio is important. The Aluminum frame DS or Precedent will have an advantage here. An old DS could be a series drive system, that would be an advantage as they produce more torque with less unwanted motor heat.
You are right about tires, I find 22" to be about the breaking point torque loss wise. And 22s are not going to hold a good cart driver back anywhere.
So , keep it light (poly-box if you can get live with the weak tailgate) and 6/8v batteries (or lighter lithium), aluminum frame, big controller, cables, and motor. You'll be fine.
thanks Scottyb, I was wondering how do I know what years the older DS had the series motor? I have a place not far from me that has 02-03 DS with updated batteries 48v (not sure if its 8x6v or not yet) for $1375.00.
Sorry for being such a novice but it sounds like your suggesting I upgrade to a big controller, heavier cables but I dont understand the motor part? Thanks again for the help.
Oh, I was thinking poly box as it seemed like it would be quieter than the metal boxes or maybe a rear flip down seat with the poly sides?
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Unread 01-01-2019, 05:35 PM   #4
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If you go here and read this you will have a better understanding about what you need to look for > http://www.cartsunlimited.net/upgrade-suggestions.html

Read that - then come back with your questions.
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Unread 01-01-2019, 06:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link.

I guess all that I was looking for was cart purchase direction for the type of build I want to do.
Club Car DS or precedent.
Newer if it requires only a controller upgrade for torque or older if you have to replace more like motor etc. What I mean is, if no matter what cart you buy if you have to replace the motor, controller, cables then it would make sense to buy an old cheaper one rather than a newer model maybe.
Once I determine the best type and age of cart to build I can research how to actually build it after that.
Thanks again.
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Unread 01-01-2019, 08:50 PM   #6
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Either cart could be made to work. But since you ask about older and newer carts you spike the question "series or sepex?" which is why I suggested you read the link.
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From what my humble understanding of the difference.....for torque and moving slowly..your best option would be a series cart. For speed, the sepex would be the better option.

And in general.....for torque the need is amps.....for speed, the need is volts.
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Black is bad for hunting. Stands out like a neon sign in the woods. Desert sand or tan is best. If you get into hunting at night for hogs using night vision you will be cussing that black cart. Black hogs are the easiest game to spot in the woods. Black contrast majorly. Tan melts into the surroundings maybe some black or brown patches or stripes to break it up. Not that you mentioned you will be night hunting, but even white blends better at night. There's a reason the military doesn't paint their equipment black.
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All black takes is a bit of natural camo. 1218180744~2.jpeg

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Black is bad for hunting. Stands out like a neon sign in the woods. Desert sand or tan is best. If you get into hunting at night for hogs using night vision you will be cussing that black cart. Black hogs are the easiest game to spot in the woods. Black contrast majorly. Tan melts into the surroundings maybe some black or brown patches or stripes to break it up. Not that you mentioned you will be night hunting, but even white blends better at night. There's a reason the military doesn't paint their equipment black.
BOYD is right (I believe). I noticed this year that when I "buried" my cart into some high weeds, and small trees\brush, the deer picked out that "something" was amiss. And no.....I wasn't upwind or moving.

I walked about 25 yards away from my cart and took a photo. Yep....now on my hit list is to paint\camo up any black on my cart. I'll spray on tan, green, and gray to have the cage pipe blend into the tree bark.
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