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Unread 07-26-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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My 97 club car has a z lift that was on it when I bought it. I've heard nothing good of these lifts as far as strength and safety go. What if I made my on plates from a heavy 3/8's plates and made the bracket longer inside the frame on top and bottom. I also put have holes for 9 1/2" bolts instead of 6. I added 4" to the height of bracket but also have 3/4" angle running up and down on the inside of each one. Do yall think this modification will make whats is such a bad lift worth having?
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Unread 07-26-2008, 08:36 AM   #2
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I know what everyone says about these lifts. I bought a car with one as well. All I know for sure is that I have used this cart offroad in the mountains at the dunes and out in the desert and I have used it hard for two years with NO problems. Maybe I just got lucky, but few people will use a cart any harder than we do, with two adults, one of whom is 300 pds., and this lift has served us very well.

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Unread 07-26-2008, 08:38 AM   #3
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I'm pretty rough on mine also, haven't noticed any problems, just want to be on the safe side. thanks
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Unread 07-26-2008, 08:46 AM   #4
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I bought a cart with one and added a 3 inch Jakes spindle on top of it . NO problems. I wouldn't want to install one but I wouldn't shy away from one either

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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:06 AM   #5
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The main thing you need to keep in mind about a Z-Lift is, they were or still are a factory authorized lift. I know Jakes is used on them now so I don't know or sure if they are still using the Z's. It's the fact that you have to cut the frame that scares people away.
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Unread 07-26-2008, 09:45 AM   #6
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Thats what I didn't like, but it has already been cut so I figured I might as well make it as strong as possible. I have two shops full of welders that need something to do. thanks
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I'm not crazy about the cut frame part of it either, but like Scotty and ALOT of other people, the lift hasn't disappointed us. The way I see it, it's what I have, it's served me well and hopefully will continue to. If I bought another cart and it had one and it was a good deal, I'd still buy the cart. Probably not all Z lifts are exactly the same, so if you see a way to improve yours, I'd say by all means do it.

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