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Old 10-26-2013, 12:32 AM   #11
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If I were you, I would shell out the $100 for the 5" block kit and get 22" tires (I think that's what the guys run when they use that lift, MAYBE 23")
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:23 AM   #12
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How much power will I be robbing from this little goy going up in tire size though? Would I notice a difference with 20" tires like I posted? Or 22 or 23", that seems like she would struggle to spin those?
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #13
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You will notice a power drop.Unhooking the governor is a must.On the older Marathon 2-strokes,I shim the drive-clutch spring(engine-mounted clutch),it helps a lot on low-end power.Not sure what clutch you have,but if it has a spring,try a 3/16" thick shim under it.Spinning the tires isn't usually doable,but they do climb and offroad good!
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:19 PM   #14
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This is my first cart build and I never drove mine before I chopped it up but I have 26.5" tires on some pretty heavy quad rims and it still gets up and goes well with the stock clutch. Link is below in my signature if you wanna check it out
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:32 AM   #15
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I think as far as lift goes, the 4" economy lift from buggies unlimited may be my only choice. I think I will still use 20" tires though, getting much bigger than that and I'm gonna want wheels too. I'm gonna try to figure out the clutch spring mod, it sound like the ticket for a little extra kick. Any extra help, pics or advice on that is appreciated.
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Old 10-27-2013, 08:27 PM   #16
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Just ordered the 4" lift. Now I'm just trying to figure out what tires to get. Any suggestions on that would be welcome. Can you elaborate on the shimming the drive clutch thing? I've seen people talk about shimming both? What would that do? Can the drive clutch be done without a press? Can you give me quick run down of how to do it?
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:05 AM   #17
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Tires are tires in my opinion, its a toy so I'd choose something with some beefy tread for the lowest price you can find.

Shimming the clutches reduces the area the spring has to sit in, therefore giving you more pressure out of the spring. The purpose of shimming the drive clutch I believe is to increase the RPM's at which the clutch engages, letting you rev your motor up a bit more before you take off. I think if you shim the secondary that would keep you in a high torque ratio for longer before the pulley opens and allows the belt to drop to high speed gearing. (I haven't done either so im just telling you what I have read.)

I'm not sure about your cart's clutches but mine can be done without a press. I believe the only specialty tool you may need would be a clutch puller.

Search the forum for "Clutch Spring Modification" or "Clutch Spring Shim" there is a thread somewhere where a guy walks you through putting shims in.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:06 AM   #18
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Tires are tires in my opinion, its a toy so I'd choose something with some beefy tread for the lowest price you can find.

Shimming the clutches reduces the area the spring has to sit in, therefore giving you more pressure out of the spring. The purpose of shimming the drive clutch I believe is to increase the RPM's at which the clutch engages, letting you rev your motor up a bit more before you take off. I think if you shim the secondary that would keep you in a high torque ratio for longer before the pulley opens and allows the belt to drop to high speed gearing. (I haven't done either so im just telling you what I have read.)

I'm not sure about your cart's clutches but mine can be done without a press. I believe the only specialty tool you may need would be a clutch puller.

Search the forum for "Clutch Spring Modification" or "Clutch Spring Shim" there is a thread somewhere where a guy walks you through putting shims in.
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:43 AM   #19
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But pachanga is right. Go for the econo block lift, or build one yourself. They are very simple.
Agreed. I ordered one 3-4 years ago for a '81 ezgo I had and when I got it I realized how easy and how much cheaper it would have been to make my own.
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:59 AM   #20
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Well, I thought about that too. Then I found one for $85. For me, that's worth it, just to be able to bolt it on and go.
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